Agriculture remains a key pillar to Florida's economy and it is critical to the economy of almost every community in north Florida. Whether you are farming the land in row crops, cattle, timber, or nursery or fishing fresh and salt waters of the region, you know the significant regulatory pressures, increased competition from national and international products and the potential pest and disease dangers faced every day.
We must be smart and prudent with the regulatory programs which impact agricultural producers. Farmers are the original conservationist. Regulators should not propose or promote regulations based on emotions; they must be based on sound science.