SB 1164- Relating to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
On Monday, March 13, SB 1164 by Senator Jay Collins (R-Tampa) was heard by the Senate Agriculture Committee and was reported favorably with 8 yeas and 0 nays. AIF stood in support of this legislation.
SB 1164 primarily creates a program for sales tax exemptions for production materials used by agricultural producers. The program will allow farmers to apply for and use a Farm Tax Exempt Agricultural Materials (TEAM) card to receive the exemptions. This program works similarly in Georgia and is beneficial to the agriculture community there as well. SB 1164 requires state agencies, universities, and colleges to give preference to food commodities grown or produced in Florida under certain purchasing agreements. Among other mostly technical changes, SB 1164 also revises and eliminates several advisory councils under the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
SB 1164 will now go to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government.
AIF supports sales tax exemptions for Florida’s agricultural producers and efforts to make these exemptions easier to access.