Florida’s farms and environment go hand-in-hand


Cowboys herd cattle from one pasture to another on a ranch in Central Florida.

My family and I are forestland owners and cattle ranchers in Chiefland and our commitment to environmental stewardship has earned us recognition from many statewide and regional organizations. As farmers, we play an important role in caring for our state’s natural resources, and that’s why I support SB 88, which will strengthen Florida’s Right to Farm laws.

Agriculture and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand, and there are many intangible benefits that our farms, ranches and forests provide to our environment.

More than 17 million acres in Florida, or nearly one-half of our state’s landmass, is forestland. And this land is critical to our water supply, air quality, climate, wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation.

These forests contribute immensely to Florida’s water quality and quantity. The land helps capture, store and filter water, which replenishes Florida’s aquifer, the main source of our drinking water.

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