The local Madison County Farm Bureau recently sponsored a Post Session County Legislative Session at the local Ag Center, for local farmers and local business leaders and County leaders as well. Rep. Leonard Bembry attended, as well as the Agricultural liaison from Congressman Steve Southerland.
Kevin Kelley of Branford, who works for Congressman Southerland, told the group of several key National issues facing farmers and ranchers this coming year. Perhaps the most important issues facing Florida Farmers during the coming year, is passage of the National Farm Bill. Even though Southerland does not represent Madison County, Kevin is a past employee of Farm Bureau and knows all about Washington politics.
Farm Bureau is truly the “Voice of Agriculture”,
and we are indeed proud of this designation, – Hamrick
The highlight of the evening was Rep. Leonard Bembry, who gave an update from this past Florida Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Bembry has been a champion of all Farm Bureau legislative issues, and is a highly respected state legislator of all County Farm Bureaus all across Florida. As a conservative Democrat, he took the lead on practically all Farm Bureau priority issues, and we are forever grateful for his leadership as well as his friendship.
This Madison County Farm Bureau Legislative Meeting has been sponsored by the local Young Farmer and Rancher Committee for nearly 10 years. Chairman of this committee is Willie Agner, Jr. was absent this year due to having back ailments. The meeting went on as planned with County President Jeffery Hamrick taking charge. Jeffery is also a local Young Farmer.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Farm Bureau is being involved in the State and Federal Legislative Programs. In May, Madison had two members attend the Annual Field to the Hill Meeting, along with over 80 other Farm Bureau members from all across the state of Florida. Maria and Jennifer Greene attended and meet with Congressman Crenshaw, and both of the area’s US Senators.
If anyone would like to be involved in the Farm Bureau Legislative process, all you need do is contact the local Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau is truly the “Voice of Agriculture”, and we are indeed proud of this designation, added President Hamrick.