Water District Tax Still Debated Agriculture
Agricultural interests throughout the.state are commercial flower.and foliage plant industry and In Florida
eating a state constitutional amendment.concern- will publish the report in March, Bob McGregor, 1o1 0 ri a
Ing the financing of water management districts., statistician in charge, said. By Bob Bobroff '
T.he issue will be. on .the March .primary election
ballot. Orange Farm Bureau Plans Drive
Although discussed for months, there still Betty Lynn Brown of Gainesville is director of the
:seems to be no consensus among agricultural The Orange County Farm Bureau next week annual queen contest, and Agriculture Com-
rpeople. : will observe annual Farm Bureau Week. with a. missioner Doyle Conner will introduce the contes-
S The boards of a number of major organizations .membership drive headed by H. Fred Dietrich IIr of tants, one of whom will succeed Karen Reddick of
T b.o a.rds.O of, a number of. majr rgaiio., ..Orlando.. DeFuniak S..prings.
still have not decided to support or oppose the Orlanudo. ... ... ..... .DeFuniak Springs.
amendment. Dietrich said the goal is one.new member for..
each of the present .2,712 members. Nursery Short Course Next Week
STATE SEN. Phil Lewis, who is considered a "We are making a.special effort to enlist bona.
friend of agriculture, has been speaking ardently in fide farming families in the Farm Bureau .because The 13th annual nurserymen and growers short
behalf of the change, saying that unless the we feel these are the people we truly wish. to course will be held at the agriculture center in
referendum is passed, control of all water represent," Dietrich said. Cocoa next Wednesday, S. A. Rose, extension agent
management districts could move to Tallahassee. Dick Risser of Apopka, county president, said, for ornamentals, has announced. It begins at 9 a.m.
Those who oppose it say that this has not been "Only slightly more than three per cent of Topics include federal health and safety
proven. They also say they do not believe a Florida's population is engaged in agriculture, so it. regulations, plant diseases and control measures,
constitutional provision should be as specifically is vitally important we stand together. No longer is organic hydroponic systems and preliminary results
written as this one, which includes the amount of tax there strength in numbers, buit there certainly is on salt-tolerant plant tests.
the districts can levy. strength in unity, and we must- remain united if our.
Richard Fritch of Weirsdale, a -Florida Citrus voice is to be heard". .. Policy Advisory Group To Meet
:Mutual director, reported recently the water .......
committee needed more time to study the issue. Watermelon Growers Meet Friday The Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee
WHATt nee o ti t s ie t r y .will meet in Orlando Jan. 29-30 to review phase I of
"WHAT IT BOILS down to is this: We feel the The eighth annual convention of the Florida the agricultural element of the state comprehensive
recommendation that we make is a value judgment Watermelon Growers and Distributors: Association plan, Ed Leuchs, project manager for the state
.based on the least amount of risk for our growers. will be held Friday through Sunday at Sheraton division of planning, has announced.
The issue can be logically supported as well as it Towers Hotel near. Orlando;. The 62-member committee from all parts of the
can be opposed. We have no guarantees. as to. getting Principal speaker will be:. Clark: Ghiselin, state and representing all segments of agriculture
"what we ant rgardlessfwhich the te executive. vice .:president :.of: Citrus Industrial will convene at Holiday Inn South at 10 a.m. both
.goes" Fritch said. Council, who will talk a. bout crew leader days.
l r Foliage SuvyStarted registration. Also speaking ..will be Edward.. D. The energy, government and labor task forces
lower, Foliage urvey tarted .Savage, area director.of..the U...S, Department of will report Jan. 29, and the land, marketing and
SThe F.lorida Crop and.. ivestock. Reporting Labor. :.. .:. : .... water task forces will present their recom-
Service is now making its "an'finr urivey of the Accr g lyto sofvieopresident, mendations Jan. 30.
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