Services

FFVA is a nationally recognized leader in providing its members with unparalleled services and programs that help them stay competitive in today’s marketplace. Whether it is helping to secure a dependable workforce through the H-2A guest-worker program or advising members on labor-related regulations, FFVA is working on your behalf to make sure you have the access to the workers you need.

Advocacy

Florida growers rely on FFVA, a vocal and powerful voice, to safeguard the industry's interests in Washington, D.C., and Tallahassee. Our Government Relations team works directly with congressional and administration policymakers on critical farming issues.

Labor

FFVA is a produce industry leader in providing agricultural labor services that can help employers find the workers they need. Additionally, FFVA is a leading industry advocate for immigration policies that bolster our national security while allowing growers access to a legal workforce.

Food Safety

FFVA provides support to FFVA members in developing and implementing food safety and sustainability programs.  Our dedicated food safety and sustainability manager also provides training for and assistance with third-party audits as well as coordinating and conducting food safety and sustainability education and outreach.

Natural Resources

FFVA members rely on the availability of a high quality, abundant supply of water at a reasonable cost. As Florida’s population grows, so does competition for this valuable resource. FFVA assists members directly on a case-by-case basis to help resolve water management issues before they develop into costly problems.

Marketing

From exchange management to transportation to trade issues, FFVA provides the services and expertise that members need to make informed marketing decisions. In addition, FFVA has joined forces with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by offering all FFVA producer members the benefits of FDACS' "Fresh From Florida" marketing program.

Crop Protection

FFVA is continually engaged in a broad range of issues and activities at the state, regional and federal level to ensure Florida growers have the tools they need to provide Americans with the safest and most abundant food supply.

Third Party Registrations Inc.

TPR, an FFVA subsidiary, makes possible registration for critical chemicals available exclusively to FFVA producer members. TPR Inc. actively holds labels in sod, brassicas, celery and other leafy vegetables.

Communication

FFVA is a steadfast and trusted voice for Florida producers, a voice that the news media rely on for accurate, reliable information on our industry. FFVA’s credibility on agricultural priorities makes it a leading resource for journalists.

Advocacy

FFVA is a steadfast and trusted voice for Florida producers, a voice that state and federal authorities rely on for leadership and information about the agriculture industry. FFVA’s veteran professionals work diligently on behalf of the association's members on numerous fronts.

Federal

In Washington, D.C., FFVA's team of governmental representatives, supported by key staff, works directly with congressional and administration policymakers on critical farming issues. Additionally, FFVA President Mike Stuart serves as a co-chair of the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, a national industry coalition of more than 120 organizations that was instrumental in working toward a Farm Bill that continues to invest in programs that benefit specialty crop agriculture. FFVA also continues to work alongside other industry associations through the Agriculture Workforce Coalition, which is pushing for immigration reform that meets the needs of the agricultural workforce. In addition, FFVA is a strong voice for funding of top-priority federal programs, such as research for developing methyl bromide alternatives and managing critical pest and disease threats.

As an example, FFVA recently submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration regarding proposed rules within the Food Safety Modernization Act. Access the comments here.

State

In Florida, fruit and vegetable growers continue to need strong representation in Tallahassee. In recent years, the state’s burgeoning urban population has altered the makeup of the Legislature, creating a challenging environment for the few remaining pro-agriculture lawmakers. FFVA maintains a full-time office in Tallahassee with veteran staff promoting the industry’s interests to legislators.

Water management

Florida growers face increasing competition for the state’s finite water resources. As Florida's population grows, demand for public supply is increasing dramatically. At the regulatory level, FFVA works to ensure that the agricultural industry plays a vital role in helping Florida meet future needs through more efficient conservation strategies and a commitment to developing practical alternative sources of water.