Legislative, regulatory issues kept FFVA busy this year

12/10/2012 03:34:00 PM
Lisa Lochridge

FFVA made clear that any potential E-Verify legislation must be accompanied by reform of the guest-worker program if agriculture is to remain viable.

The association helped arrange a farm tour for Southwest Florida Water Management District staff in February to show how cost-share funding is helping to reduce impacts on natural resources and increase efficiencies for growers.

It showcased the FARMS and MiniFARMS programs, the mobile irrigation lab, the Agricultural Ground and Surface Water Management program, and the Automatic Meter Reading Pilot Project.

Key water policies and programs were the topic of a May regional meeting sponsored by FFVA in Hillsborough County.

The meeting brought together growers and others in the Southwest Florida Water Management District with agency decision-makers and researchers to discuss the latest water issues. Topics included ag programs in the water management district, new developments concerning numeric nutrient criteria and upcoming changes designed to streamline the districts' water permitting process.

Subhead: Pesticide registration help

Third Party Registrations Inc., an FFVA subsidiary, secured in December 2011 a Special Local Need [24(c)] registration for Dual Magnum Herbicide for pre-emergence weed control on root vegetables and tuberous and corm vegetable crop groups.

The labels are obtained via the third-party process primarily because of liability concerns by the registrant that would otherwise preclude registration of a particular use. This is a service available only to members of FFVA.

Easing trade barriers with Canada

On the marketing front, FFVA is a key contributor to the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council, which released its Joint Action Plan in January.

The plan ultimately will help reduce trade barriers between the countries, in turn lowering costs to consumers and businesses and creating economic opportunities for companies on both sides of the border.

FFVA has focused its efforts on plan components that affect agricultural trade, including common approaches to food safety, financial protection for produce sellers and mutual reliance of food-testing results.

The association’s involvement will help build regulatory cooperation between the United States and Canada, foster ongoing alignment and prevent future unnecessary regulatory differences between the two countries.

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