Florida Chamber Series on Free Enterprise: Featuring Pat Ouimet, Tropicana Products, Inc.

 

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Tropicana Helps Citrus Growers

For more than 70 years Tropicana has been adding to the American breakfast by getting freshly squeezed Florida orange juice into grocery stores across the U.S. We recently sat down with Pat Ouimet, Chief Greening Officer at Tropicana Products Inc. to discuss their role in Florida’s economy and the challenges Tropicana and other citrus growers are facing nationally and globally.

“Citrus greening is the most important challenge facing citrus, worldwide,” said Pat Ouimet. “Since the disease took over in 2007, 2008, it’s ravaged about 100,000 acres of orange growth and has reduced the growth of the crop on average about 12-13 percent, so this year’s Florida orange crop is only about half of what it was ten years ago.”

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Locally and Globally, the Impacts of Florida’s Agriculture Industry are Undeniable

Florida’s agriculture and natural resources industry is one of Florida’s foundational industries and continues to lead the way in the nation’s production of fresh fruits and vegetables. Together with Florida’s food industry, the agriculture and natural resources industry is helping to create more than one million full and part-time direct jobs in Florida. If you believe Florida’s agriculture and natural resources industry can continue to lead the way in the nation, sign the petition today

 

 

14 Percent of Florida Jobs Are Connected to the Agriculture Industry

Agriculture plays a vital role in Florida’s economy, with more than 1.5 million jobs connected to agriculture, natural resources and food industries and 15.4 percent of our gross state product tied to the industry. Agriculture production has improved with advanced technology, relying on the latest innovations like drones and automation to streamline the process of producing food supplies and crops for not only Floridians, but for consumers all over the world. With 50 percent more food needed worldwide by 2030, what can Florida do to improve the production of fresh from Florida goods?

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To learn more about Florida’s agriculture industry and its impact on the state economy and the world’s food supply, join us at the Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit on May 4, in West Palm Beach.

Did You Know 1 in 6 Floridians Don’t Know Where Their Next Meal Will Come From?

It’s that time of year again, when we gather together with friends and family and give thanks for the bountiful feasts on our Thanksgiving tables. However, not all Floridians are so lucky. More than 3.3 million Floridians don’t know where their next meal will come from or have to choose between spending money on food or paying their bills. The economic impact of hunger is estimated to cost Florida taxpayers $11.72 billion annually.

The Florida Chamber Foundation has been actively engaged in finding solutions to the crisis of food insecurity. In September, we partnered with Mosaic Co. on the Third Annual Florida Hunger-Relief Forum, which focused on local communities growing the food residents need, strengthening global food security and protecting agricultural resources. With the global population expected to increase to 8.3 billion by 2030, 50 percent more food will be needed worldwide. Does your community have the resources to address hunger?

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To learn more about the role of Florida’s agricultural resources in decreasing hunger, please mark your calendar to join us at the Palm Beach International Agricultural Summit on May 4, 2016.

 

 

Florida Chamber Board of Directors Elect Agriculture Industry Leader Tracy Duda Chapman as 2015-2016 Chair

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CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
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TALLAHASSEE (November 12, 2015) – The Florida Chamber of Commerce today announces that Tracy Duda Chapman, Senior Vice President/General Counsel of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., has been elected as the 2015-2016 Chair of the Florida Chamber’s Board of Directors.

“Tracy Duda Chapman’s longtime leadership in agriculture, the backbone of Florida’s economy, makes her a forward thinking leader who can keep Florida moving in the right direction,” said Mark Wilson President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Tracy’s commitment to free enterprise will help ensure Florida’s diverse communities can unite under an integrated business agenda.”

Duda Chapman replaces outgoing Florida Chamber Board of Director Chair Steve Knopik, CEO of Beall’s Inc., whose term expired October 31, 2015.

“The Florida Chamber has an outstanding program to make Florida more competitive, and I look forward to continuing to drive the business agenda and playing a part in leading Florida forward,” said Tracy Duda Chapman.

Duda Chapman joined A. Duda & Sons, Inc. in 1992. She has held several positions including Associate Counsel, General Counsel, and Corporate Vice President of Corporate Services. She was appointed Senior Vice President in 2007. She holds a business degree from the University of Alabama and a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, and serves on the boards of Shands Teaching Hospital & Clinics, Inc., the Brevard Zoo, the Central Florida Partnership, and the Florida Specialty Crop Foundation. She has previously served on Florida’s Environmental Regulation Commission and on the Board of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.

Duda Chapman’s one-year term as Chair of the Florida Chamber Board began November 1, 2015.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.

Did You Know the Agriculture Industry Employs 2 Million Floridians?

Why is agriculture so important to Florida? As one of the state’s top three industries, agriculture employs more than 2 million people and contributes $104 billion to Florida’s $840 billion economy each year. With more than 47,500 commercial farms, agriculture provides many of the fresh foods and crops that Floridians rely on and serves as an important economic driver for the state’s international trade and exports.

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Florida’s Agriculture Industry Benefits from International Trade

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CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

 

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (May 12, 2015) – Nine of the top 10 markets for Florida agricultural exports are located in the Americas, according to research from the Florida Chamber’s Global Florida Program.

“The Americas present a large portion of Florida’s international trade opportunity, especially for Florida’s agriculture industry,” said Alice Ancona, Director of Global Outreach for the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Canada continues to be Florida’s number one destination for Florida agriculture products, while Brazil continues to rank as Florida’s top trading partner and export destination. Florida has a once in a lifetime opportunity to take advantage of changing trade routes and become the global hub for international trade.”

Florida ranks eighth in the United States for “Fresh from Florida” exports of agricultural commodities, valued at an all-time record of $4.2 billion, supporting more than 109,000 jobs and representing an economic value of more than $13 billion.

Canada also tops the list as the top international country for visitors and dollars spent in Florida- with more than $4 billion spent. Growing trade relationships with countries like Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Peru work to create a competitive environment for Florida’s exporters – 95 percent of which are small-to-mid-sized businesses— to grow and thrive. In fact, the Florida Chamber recently led a Florida delegation along with Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, to Peru to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help promote trade and investment opportunities between Peru and the United States.

The impact of international trade to Florida’s economy cannot be denied. International business and foreign direct investment accounts for approximately 17 percent of Florida’s economic activity, and directly supports more than 1 million Florida jobs. Florida is the seventh largest exporter of state-origin products with Florida-origin exports totaling more than $58.6 billion and exports from Florida supporting 275,221 U.S. jobs in 2013.

“International trade is critical not only for Florida’s overall economy, but for individual families and communities across the state, as well as visiting consumers,” said  Doug Wheeler, President and CEO, Florida Ports Council. “Increasing trade creates jobs and brings a better quality of life to our state.”

The Florida Chamber’s Global Florida Program’s mission is to educate and promote business opportunities, collaborate and advance policy initiatives in each of the four major geographic regions:  Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East/Africa. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam recently sponsored the Florida World Trade Month resolution, which was signed by Governor Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi and CFO Jeff Atwater.

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The Florida Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business and the state’s largest federation of employers, chambers of commerce and associations, aggressively representing small and large businesses from every industry and every region. The Florida Chamber works within all branches of government to affect those changes set forth in the annual Florida Business Agenda, and which are seen as critical to secure Florida’s future. The Florida Chamber works closely with its Political Operations and the Florida Chamber Foundation. Visit www.FloridaChamber.com for more information.