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Floating Aquatic Vegetative Tilling: Can We Put Water-Hyacinths to Good Use?

Published: January 28th, 2016

By: Dennis G. Corrick

By now, the issue of nutrients in Florida’s waters is well-recognized. Runoff from urban and agricultural systems and the loss of natural wetlands have combined to raise levels of nutrients, primarily phosphorus and nitrogen, in natural systems. These can lead to blooms of algae and general imbalances of the systems. In estuaries, such as the […]

Gov. Rick Scott Signs Monumental Water Bill That Rewards Central Florida’s Planning Approach

Published: January 21st, 2016

By: Michael D. Minton

Gov. Rick Scott signed one of the more important water bills in Florida’s history on January 21, and while it has benefits for the entire state, it is particularly important for Central Florida. The law is an affirmation of everything we’ve been doing to address water conservation and supply in Central Florida. The earlier version […]

Florida Legislature Passes Long-awaited Water Bill

Published: January 15th, 2016

By: John L. Wharton

In the face of opposition from some environmental groups and newspaper editorial writers, on January 13, the second day of the 2016 legislative session, the Florida Senate cleared SB 552, characterized by its supporters as a comprehensive water protection bill. The next day, the House followed suit. A veto of the bill by Gov. Scott […]

Must-reads to Understand Florida and its Water

Published: December 10th, 2015

By: Dennis G. Corrick

If you’ve ever been subjected to the punishment of having to read dense government reports that analyze our water problems, the last thing you’re probably looking for is a book-length treatise on water issues. I’m going to recommend some reading on water, and I promise that you won’t feel like you’re being punished. As a […]

Michael Minton to Host Florida Chamber Regional Briefing in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast

Published: November 25th, 2015

By: Cari L. Roth Michael D. Minton

Dean Mead’s Michael D. Minton, shareholder and managing partner in the firm’s Fort Pierce/Port St. Lucie Office, will be co-hosting the 2015 Florida Chamber Regional Briefing in Palm Beach/Treasure Coast with Florida Chamber Foundation Chair, Pamela Rauch on November 30, 2015. David Hart, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Political Operations will give an Overview of the […]

FDA Finalizes Produce Safety Rule

Published: November 18th, 2015

By: Anna H. Long

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety rule first proposed in January, 2013, is now final.[1] The rule establishes science-based minimum standards for the safe growing, harvesting, packing, and holding of fruits and vegetables grown for human consumption.[2] Subsequent to the rule proposed in 2013, a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking was issued […]

Michael Minton Participates in Water Alliance Forum Panel Discussion

Published: November 17th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Michael D. Minton, shareholder and chair of Dean Mead’s Agribusiness Industry team, participated in the Water Alliance Forum panel discussion “The Value of Water to the Business Community and Our Economy,” on Thursday, November 12 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, FL. Fellow panel members included, Rex Jensen, President & CEO, Schroeder Manatee Ranch, Inc., Dr. Michael Crosby, President […]

The Next Big Opportunity for Florida Agriculture

Published: October 29th, 2015

By: Michael D. Minton

Florida growers are justifiably proud that their products fill the fresh fruit and vegetable bins of supermarkets across the country during the winter months. I’d like to propose that if we had the infrastructure, more of Florida’s agricultural products that are wasted or never grown could also go into natural fruit and vegetable drinks and […]