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Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018 6:59 pm

TALLY-HO! On January 30 and 31, I was happy to team up with Farm Bureau’s Jorge Abreu, Marisol Diaz and Tom Rieder for a jaunt to the Capital Building to make sure the concerns of the local farming industry get heard by key members of Congress as several important funding bills seek a vote of approval.

We were joined by Carolina Vendreme, Marketing and Communication Coordinator for UF/IFAS TREC.

Four key issues were discussed:

1) The need for $150,000 funding for Laurel Wilt Mitigation.

2) Reinstituting the $5 million cut from the Fresh From Florida funds.

3) Obtain proper

funding to upgrade and renovate the University Florida IFAS Tropical Research and Educational Center (TREC) and

4) Secure funding for research under IFAS Workload Funding.

We scurried from room to room like mice in a maze seeking a piece of cheese. We dashed back and forth from offices in the Senate through the Congress Building to the House of Representatives. Among those we visited were: Tom Hamby from Speaker of the House Cocoran’s office, Clay Hollis-Putnam’s office, Senator Grimsley, Nick

from Senator Flores spoke for a moment, Rep. Duran, Rep. Hardemon, Senator Taddeo, Rep. Beshears, Senator Rodriguez, home grown Rep. Edwards and local Rep. Holly Raschein, Kim Kamper from the Governor’s office, Chairman Trujillo, Rep Caldwell, Rep. McGhee (by phone), and Rep. Ascencio briefly in the hallway.

We were able to be present for both Farm Bureau Days as well as Dade County Days, allowing us valuable facetime with Farm Bureau President John Hoblick, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnan, and many other friends to both Miami Dade County and Agriculture.

It was a-MAZE-ing what we accomplished in such a short time. All I can say is thank goodness, I never lost sight of Jorge or I might still be lost in the halls of Tallahassee.

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