Florida Food Policy Council

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  • 23 Sep 2019 10:00 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we want to encourage you to register to vote!

    What seems like a complicated process is not so difficult. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know.

    What is the Election timeline for 2020?

    There are two important primary elections in Florida that take place leading up to the General Election in November. The dates are as follows: 

    March 17, 2020 - The Presidential Preference Primary

    August 18, 2020 - The Primary Election

    November 3, 2020 - The General Election

    What is the Presidential Preference Primary?

    The 2020 Presidential Preference Primary Election (PPP) is on March 17, 2020.

    The PPP is part of the nominating process for the United States presidential election. Florida’s Presidential Preference Primary is a closed-primary election. This means that in order to be eligible to vote in the primary, you must be registered with one of Florida’s major political parties.

    However, local nonpartisan elections may be held at the same time as the PPP Election. In those elections, all eligible voters can vote for those local races. For further information, contact your county Supervisor of Elections.

    When is the deadline to register to vote in the PPP?

    The registration deadline for the 2020 PPP is February 18 by 11:59 p.m.

    The deadline to register to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. Because of the Federal holiday on Feb. 17th, the deadline is extended to the next business day.

    How do I register to vote?

    There are a number of ways you can register to vote. Registering online at RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov is one of the easiest ways. By registering online, you can submit a new registration application immediately or update your existing record.

    Other places to register include:

    -A Florida driver license office

    -A tax collector’s office that issues driver licenses or Florida identification cards

    -The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle’s online website for renewing a driver license or state identification card

    -A voter registration agency such as a public assistance office or public library

    -By mail or in person. The statewide voter registration application form is available for download (English PDFEspañol PDF). The form contains detailed information as to how to submit the form to your county Supervisor of Elections.

    -For military or overseas U.S. citizens, you may register to vote and request a vote-by-mail ballot at the same time by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Go to the web page on Military and Overseas Voting for further details.

    If you have problems registering online, the Voter Assistance Hotline can help:

    Phone Number: 1-866-308-6739

    Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)
    If you are hearing or speech impaired, contact the Division using the Florida Relay Service, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD) or 1.800.955-8770 (Voice). 

    How do I vote in the PPP?

    Whether during early voting, vote-by-mail or election day voting, there are many ways your voice can be heard!

    Early Voting: The early voting period must start at least on the 10th day before the election and end on the 3rd day before the election. Contact your local county Supervisor of Elections for local information on early voting.

    Vote-by-Mail: The deadline to request that a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed is no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election. However, the ballot must still be received by the Supervisor of Elections no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day if the voted ballot is to count. Exceptions exist for overseas military and civilian voters.

    A request for a vote-by-mail ballot may be made in one of the following ways:

    - Online application on your county Supervisors of Elections' website

    - In writing (e.g., by email, fax, mail) to Supervisor of Elections
    - In person at Supervisor of Elections
    - By telephone call to Supervisor of Elections

    Election Day Voting: The polls are open on Election Day, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Any voters waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will have the opportunity to cast a ballot. If you do not know where your polling place is, contact your county Supervisor of Elections.

    Whether during early voting or on Election Day, you will be asked to provide at the polls a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:

    • Florida driver’s license
    • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
    • United States passport
    • Debit or credit card
    • Military identification
    • Student identification
    • Retirement center identification
    • Neighborhood association identification
    • Public assistance identification
    • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    • License to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to s. 790.06
    • Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

    If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature.

    If you do not bring proper ID, you can still vote a provisional ballot. As long as you are eligible and voted in the proper precinct, your provisional ballot will count provided the signature on your provisional ballot matches the signature in your registration record.

    When is the Primary Election and General Election?

    The Primary Election will be on August 18, 2020. The registration deadline to participate in the Primary Election is July 20, 2020.

    The General Election will be on November 3, 2020. The registration deadline to participate in the General Election is October 5, 2020.

    Note: Special elections may be called at any time during the year. Local elections may also be held throughout the year. Check the Local Elections Database which contain dates as reported by the county for elections (county-specific, municipal, special district, or other local election) scheduled within one county. Contact your county Supervisor of Elections for the most up-to-date information.

  • 18 Sep 2019 7:32 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On Monday, September 16th, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services led by Commissioner Nikki Fried launched the department's new website FDACS.gov, previously FreshFromFlorida.com.

    The launch was first announced by Commissioner Fried in a video on Twitter. 

    In a press release, Commissioner Fried describes positives about the new website as being a "mobile-optimized" and "user-friendly site" that makes renewing a license, filing a consumer complaint, and finding information easier.

    With this rebranding, the Department hopes to help Floridians access information and services more easily.

    According to the Department, "The redesigned website creates a more efficient user experience, with a new layout responsive for all platforms. Clearer navigation, streamlined menus, and a user location-personalized home page make finding local contacts and resources simpler, such as nearby farmers’ markets and job opportunities."

    If you haven't visited the site yet, it's worth exploring.

    “From supporting Florida’s farmers and ranchers, to protecting consumers from credit card fraud, fake charities, telemarketers, and travel scams, the responsibilities of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services are broad, and our new website reflects all the ways we’re proud to serve Floridians,” said Fried. 

  • 14 Sep 2019 12:00 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 2-4 PM in Stuart, Florida, network with food system participants, including farmers, chefs, processors, food pantries/banks, retailers, consumers, and others.

    The Martin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Committee, in cooperation with Localecopia, the City of Stuart, and UF/IFAS Extension Martin County, will be hosting this free event which is open to the public. To register, please visit the event website here.

    For interested vendors who would like to showcase their produce, food products or information about your organization, free booths, tables and chairs are available. Vendors are asked to register by October 1, 2019.

    For more information, visit the event page or contact event coordinator Geoffrey Sagrans by email (info@localecopia.org) or phone (561) 512-3429.

  • 11 Sep 2019 9:56 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On Tuesday October 22nd from 5:30-8pm, listen to presentations by FLFPC's own Dell deChant and Anthony Olivieri and stop by our table at the Tampa Bay Urban Food Sovereignty Summit. This event, hosted by the USF Urban Food Sovereignty Group, is free and open to the public.  

    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about food sovereignty and hear from several speakers, including: Dr. Brooke Hansen, Director of Sustainable Tourism at USF, Chris Kenrick, Director of Sweetwater Organic Farm, Anthony Olivieri, Chair of the Development Committee for the Florida Food Policy Council, Dell deChant, Convener USFGrand Master Instructor in the Department of Religious Studies at USF and Co-Chair of the Policy Committee for the FLFPC, as well as Avalon Theisen, Student in the Department of Religious Studies at USF.

    For more information, contact cas-rsvp@usf.edu.

  • 4 Sep 2019 12:43 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In preparation for the 2020 Legislative Session, Florida lawmakers have set tentative interim meeting dates for Senate and House committees from September 16 to 20, 2019.

    Appropriations Committee members in the House are scheduled to meet on Sept. 16, while the Senate Appropriations Committee meeting is planned for Sept. 18.

    Senate members of the Agriculture Committee will be meeting in the morning on Sept. 17, followed on Sept. 18 by the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment and General Government.

    House members in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee and Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee are also scheduled for morning and afternoon sessions on Sept. 18.

    Published schedules for the Senate and House are accessible online.

    To learn more about members of the House of Representative Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and Senate Agriculture Committee, visit our website’s Policy Snapshot section.

  • 1 Sep 2019 1:38 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    In order to ensure quick and safe evacuation of pets and livestock from areas effected by Hurricane Dorian, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry, announced the temporary suspension of intrastate movement requirements for the transportation of animals from areas expected to be affected by Hurricane Dorian. 

    Regulated wildlife is not included in the suspension.

    "Any person transporting pets or livestock must stop at the Department’s agricultural interdiction stations and present any required movement documentation. A transporter who fails to provide the required documentation will be issued an Advisory Notice, which must remain with the animal(s) during transport to the premises of destination and the return trip to the originating premises in Florida."

    The suspension is valid went into effect August 30th and remains in place until September 30, 2019, unless extended or rescinded. 

    Additionally, interstate import requirements for Florida pets and livestock leaving impacted areas have been waived in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

    For more information call  (850) 410-0900 or visit https://www.FreshFromFlorida.com/AnimalDisasters.

  • 25 Aug 2019 8:07 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    On August 21st, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will soon join the multi-state voter registration organization ERIC, Electronic Registration Information Center. 

    “One of my administration’s top priorities is protecting the integrity of Florida’s elections, which is why joining ERIC is the right thing to do for our state as it will ensure our voter rolls are up-to-date and it will increase voter participation in our elections,” said Governor DeSantis.

    ERIC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves to assist states in increasing access to registration and improving the accuracy of voter rolls by cross-referencing information between states.

    Currently 29 states including with Washington, D.C. are participants, making Florida the 30th state to join.

    For years, county election supervisors encouraged the state to join ERIC as it is predicted increase public confidence in the elections and higher voter turnout.

    As Florida is the nation’s third-largest state and sees massive amounts of migration, many voters in the state are simultaneously registered in other states. Although being registered in more than one state is not a crime, voting twice is voter fraud.

    “Since taking office, we have been reviewing this issue with Supervisors of Elections. We are confident that by improving the accuracy of our voter rolls, we will reduce the potential for voter fraud,” DeSantis said.

    In an effort to increase voter registration, DeSantis said that he will ask the Legislature for $1.3 million to pay for ERIC-mandated statewide mailers that include voting registration instructions, to go out to eligible but unregistered adults in Florida before the 2020 presidential election.

    DeSantis said he agreed to join ERIC after getting assurances that retirees moving from other states into Florida won’t be unfairly “dinged.” He also mentioned that he doubts there is any widespread problem of voters fraudulently casting ballots in two states.

    “It was a great relief to know we are all on the same team on this thing right now,’’ said Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, “I think it’s great. It’s something we’ve needed.”

  • 16 Aug 2019 12:00 PM | Administrator (Administrator)

    “Energy touches every one of us every single day – from the food we eat, to how we move from one place to another, to the air we breathe,” Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried said in a statement.

    On August 15th, Fried announced the full agenda for the 2019 Florida Energy and Climate Summit in a press release.

    Scheduled for September 4-6 in Tampa, Florida, the event is the first state-level conference to address climate change since 2008.

    Contrary to the previous commissioner, Adam Putnam, addressing environmental issues including climate change has been a major part of Fried’s platform.

    The multi-day conference will center around the theme of “Powering Change” by examining the interconnectedness of energy with sectors such as agriculture, transportation and the environment.

    The summit will feature a number of panel discussions focused on energy.

    According to the release, the summit “will provide opportunities to share ideas on diversifying Florida's energy sources; promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative vehicle technology; spurring economic growth; and tackling climate change. It will bring together leaders in energy efficiency and development, sustainability, climate change, agriculture production, government, academic research, technology and finance from across the state and around the nation.”

    For more information and to register to attend the 2019 Florida Energy and Climate Summit, visit FloridaEnergySummit.com

  • 9 Aug 2019 8:32 AM | Administrator (Administrator)

    Food for Thought - An Interview with Tom Pellizzetti 

    Tom Pellizzetti is an outstanding member of the Florida Food Policy Council! He is a food broker who works independently to develop lines of beef and provides management services. He has done work in developing grass-fed lines of beef and was the previous co-founder and owner of the small grass-fed beef company, Arrowhead Beef. 

    Graciously, Tom made time for a short interview to talk about challenges and gaps currently seen in the meat industry, as well as his current projects and hopes for the future.  

    Tom was also the guest presenter for the June Policy Committee meeting where he discussed “Food Processing for Small Producers.” If you missed his presentation, you can watch the call and get more information about his presentation here.  

    Tom earned a BS in Animal Science from UF in 1996 and an MBA from Thunderbird in Arizona in 2001. Tom spent about 12 years working for large food companies (Tyson Foods, Nestle Purina and Schreiber Foods) with roles in (operations, sales and marketing). Tom became an independent sales agent in 2009 and co-founded a small grass-fed beef producer called Arrowhead Beef in 2010. Tom and his business partner bought a very small USDA-inspected harvest facility in NW Florida in 2013. Tom sold his interests in those operations by 2017 and now provides brokerage and management services to natural food companies selling into retail and foodservice channels. Local When We Can! 

  • 24 Jul 2019 1:02 PM | Administrator (Administrator)


    Mark Your Calendars for the  Urban Food Sovereignty            
     Mini-Summit: North Suncoast - Monday, Sept. 23

    On Mon., Sept. 23, 2019 an Urban Food Sovereignty Mini-Summit:(North Suncoast) will be held at the New Port Richey Public Library (5939 Main St., 34652) from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Urban food sovereignty: the right and opportunity of persons in urban ecosystems to define their own food and agriculture policies and practices, and to produce healthy and culturally appropriate food through their own means using ecologically sound and sustainable methods, independent of industrial food systems.
    The mini-summit will feature an address by Professor Will Schanbacher of the department of Religious Studies at USF - one of the world's leading scholars of food sovereignty. Dr. Schanbacher will share insights from his just-published book, Food as a Human Right: Combating Global Hunger and Forging a Path to Food Sovereignty.

    Joining Professor Schanbacher will be other USF faculty members, and local leaders engaged in food-sovereignty projects.  
    Also included at the summit will be poster presentations from individuals and organizations engaged in food sovereignty and food justice projects.  
    The finale of the mini-summit will be a focused deliberation by all participants on the state of food sovereignty in their community and identification of specific actions that can advance this goal.
    The purpose of the event is to expand awareness of food sovereignty, to engage individuals and communities in the North Suncoast in a vibrant discussion of food sovereignty, offer opportunity to meet and network with others interested in the topic, and relate local food-sovereignty projects to the work of the USF Urban Food Sovereignty Group.
    Organizers welcome proposals for poster presentations from local individuals, organizations, and communities. Contact Dell deChant at dechant@usf.edu or call at (727) 849-1626 for further details for submitting a proposal for a poster presentation. There will be space for up to ten posters.
    This event is hosted by the New Port Richey Public Library and sponsored by New Port Richey FarmNet in cooperation with the University of South Florida's Urban Food Sovereignty Group.

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