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   State Legislators Simmons, Boyd Receive FFVA Honors
by Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
Posted: Monday, October 9, 2017 at 9:06AM EDT

MAITLAND, Fla. – The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has named Florida Sen. David Simmons and Rep. Jim Boyd as its Legislators of the Year.

The two were honored at FFVA’s 74th annual convention in Amelia Island on Sept. 27.

Sen. David Simmons (R-Longwood) fought to change the original version of SB 10, which would have taken 60,000 acres in the Everglades Agricultural Area out of production. Because of his strong stand and efforts, the bill was eventually amended to save that farmland.

“Sen. Simmons has always been a champion for private property rights, and we look forward to working with him in the future,” said FFVA Government Relations Director Butch Calhoun.

Rep. Jim Boyd (R-Bradenton) sponsored and passed the House tax exemption package (HB 7109). 

“Rep. Boyd has been very supportive of grower issues since he was elected to the Legislature and as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee,” Calhoun said.

Past recipients of the Legislator of the Year Award include Sens. Charlie Dean, Cary Baker, Mike Bennett, Jeff Atwater, Nancy Argenziano and Bill Posey; and Reps. Tom Goodson, Jake Raburn, Caldwell, Ben Albritton, Seth McKeel, Steve Crisafulli, Trudi Williams, Denise Grimsley, Baxter Troutman, Dean Cannon, Dudley J. Goodlette, Marty Bowen, Travis Hutson and Matt Caldwell.

The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association is a full-service organization serving Florida’s grower-shipper community for more than 70 years. FFVA represents a broad range of crops: vegetables, citrus, tropical fruit, berries, sod, sugar cane, treecrops and more. Its mission is to enhance the business and competitive environment for producing and marketing fruits, vegetables and other crops. You can follow FFVA on Facebook and Twitter

Source: Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association 

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