Make plans to attend the Florida Agriculture Network meeting “Can my farm benefit from Agritourism?” October 2nd from 4-7pm at Deep Spring Farm in Alachua. Detail may be found here
|VISIT FLORIDA is the state’s official tourism marketing corporation and serves as Florida’s official source for travel planning to visitors across the globe.
The Florida Agritourism Association is a member of VISIT FLORIDA. As a member, we are able to help advertise your agritourism operations on their website. We can showcase your crop mazes, blueberry you-pick, farm to table events and any other event you may have. Please continue to share your events with us so that we can advertise both through VISIT FLORIDA and on our Facebook page!
We encourage each of you to join VISIT FLORIDA if you are not currently a member. There are two membership levels. The free membership level allows you to list your farm along with your website and contact information. The paid level gives you more marketing opportunities. Details may be found here.
An additional benefit to your FATA membership is your ability to join the VISIT FLORIDA Attraction Finder, featured on their website. This digital product allows travelers to identify their “best-fit” attraction based on personal preferences. Modeled after VISIT FLORIDA’s popular Beach Finder, the Florida Attractions Finder will feature information, photos and hopefully videos of your farm. For more information on the Attractions Finder, go here.
Several of our members have already taken advantage of this partnership and we are thrilled to get as many of you as possible signed up!
And don’t forget– as a member of FATA, you have the ability to showcase your agritourism operation on our website. We are in the process of updating all of our member’s profiles so we can help drive visitors to your farm. We encourage each of you to spend a few moments reviewing your profile on the visitfloridafarms.com website to make sure your information is up to date. Additionally, we have an intern working with us to help make each of your profiles more robust.
We are very excited about our partnership with VISIT FLORIDA and hope you can take advantage of these generous offers.
Don’t forget it’s time to vote for the FATA Board of Directors!
You may click here between now and August 24th to cast your ballot. You will need your email address to log into the site and a password, which was sent to all current dues-paying members. Each member may cast his/her vote one time for the three open seats this year. You may vote for three operators.
We encourage all of our members to vote! Remember, you must be a member in good standing to cast your vote. If your dues are not current, please visit our website www.visitfloridafarms.com and renew today.
Our next Board of Directors meeting will be held September 6th in Alachua County.
Thank you for your continued support of the Florida Agritourism Association. Without it, we would not have been so successful in passing meaningful legislation over the past few years and offering helpful resources.
On May 23rd, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 1233 which increase the maximum annual gross sales limit of cottage foods from $15,000 to $50,000 in order for cottage operations to maintain an exemption from food and building permits. It also expands cottage food sales to the internet, as long as the items are delivered in person directly to the consumer or to a specific event venue. Cottage food items include homemade breads, jams, candy and honey that are typically found at a farmer’s market.
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Yesterday, FATA Board members Lena Juarez, Lisa Ard and Sarah Harris joined FATA members in celebrating the ceremonial bill signing by Governor Rick Scott of House Bill 59. C&W Farms in Lakeland hosted the event and we were excited to be joined by Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Senators Kelli Stargel and Wilton Simpson and Representatives Jake Raburn and Colleen Burton. Thank you to all who were able to make it to the event and especially to Representative Neil Combee for his support and sponsorship of the bill.
FATA is excited to announce that Governor Rick Scott will hold a bill signing ceremony for HB 59 at Sunny Acres Lodge in Polk City on May 23rd. Once again, we thank our bill sponsors Representatives Combee and Raburn and Senator Stargel for their help!
After two years of hard work, we are excited to report that today Governor Rick Scott signed into law our Agritourism bill. Again, we thank Representative Neil Combee (R-Auburndale) and Senator Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) for their help in seeing the bill through their chambers, and to Governor Scott for signing this important legislation. Please email Governor Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org to thank him for signing the bill.
We are thrilled with our success this legislative session and thank you for your support of the Florida Agritourism Association.
View the bill page here – click on the enrolled version of the bill to see the bill in it’s final form.
We are saddened to announce that FATA Executive Director Ben Parks has been removed as a member and leader of our association due to pending legal matters that have been reported in the media. The board has responded swiftly by promoting FATA Vice President Lena Juarez as acting Executive Director of the association. Sarah Harris will serve as a director of FATA.
Mr. Parks has played a key role in the development of FATA and has served as a liaison between the organization and the agricultural community. The allegations that he faces are unrelated to his role with FATA.
Please be assured that the good work we have been doing on behalf of the Agritourism community will continue, including our most recent legislative efforts. Our activities at the state Capitol have been spearheaded by Ms. Juarez during the past two legislative sessions, and she has been a tremendous representative on behalf of FATA. We look forward to announcing great news about HB 59 as soon as next week.
If you have any questions about the board’s actions, please contact FATA President Lisa Ard at email@example.com