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To support Florida’s agriculture industry, I would prioritize initiatives that address the unique challenges facing farmers and promote sustainable practices. This involves advocating for policies that provide financial assistance, technical support, and access to resources to help farmers adapt to changing environmental conditions, combat pests and diseases, and improve crop yields. By working with agricultural experts, researchers, and industry stakeholders, I would push for investments in research and development to develop drought-resistant crops, enhance soil health, and mitigate the impacts of climate change on farming operations. Additionally, I would support initiatives that expand market opportunities for Florida-grown products, both domestically and internationally, by promoting trade agreements, supporting local food initiatives, and fostering partnerships with retailers, restaurants, and food distributors.

Furthermore, I would advocate for policies that address labor shortages and support the agricultural workforce, including immigrant farmworkers who play a vital role in Florida’s agriculture industry. This includes supporting comprehensive immigration reform that provides a pathway to legal status for undocumented workers and ensures a reliable and skilled labor force for farmers. Additionally, I would work to streamline visa programs and increase access to temporary agricultural workers, while also promoting fair wages, labor protections, and access to healthcare and other essential services for farmworkers. By addressing these critical issues, we can strengthen Florida’s agriculture industry, ensure the sustainability and viability of family farms, and promote economic prosperity for rural communities across the state.

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