AFBF President Zippy Duvall Tours Florida Farms

April FloridAgriculture eNewsletter

American Farm Bureau President, Zippy Duvall, made his way to Washington and Jackson Counties last week to discuss issues that Florida producers are facing and to explore the diversity of farming in the area. On Tuesday, along with Florida Farm Bureau President Jeb Smith, President Duvall spent the morning learning about the process and benefits of silvopasture and he heard about current challenges from a round table of Peanut and Cotton producers over lunch. The group followed up lunch with a visit to a cattle ranch in Chipley owned by Washington County Farm Bureau President George Fisher, and then they made their way to the Enviva Pellet Mill in Cottondale.

To finish up on Tuesday President Duvall spoke at the Washington County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. He stressed the importance of the upcoming Farm Bill, continued issues with labor and ongoing talks about Waters of the US (WOTUS). President Duvall said that despite having 260 newly elected officials that have never voted on a Farm Bill, agriculture has to keep the pressure on to get a Farm Bill done that protects producers.

On Wednesday morning, President Duvall met with leaders in the area to hear their concerns and to talk about the important role county Farm Bureaus play in the legislative process. After breakfast, President Duvall continued his tour with a trip to the UF/IFAS Peanut and Cattle Breeding Unit in Greenwood. The tour ended with a trip to Marianna where the group learned about satsuma production.

President Duvall said he appreciated the hospitality of the host counties, and he saw firsthand the hard work and dedication from the producers he met.

To view all the photos from the tour click here.

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