Special guest at the OSFR board meeting on March 27 was Mr. Charles Shinn III, Director of Government and Community Affairs of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Mr. Shinn comes from a many-generation Florida family of citrus growers and farmers. He and the board found many topics to discuss and President Mike finally had to cut it off due to time running out.
The OSFR board members and guests made it clear that their main concerns with agriculture lie with industrial forms and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOS) especially those built in aquifer sensitive locations, such as the JTC Chicken Farm near Fort White. In spite of some differences, common grounds were found where both agriculture and environmentalists can unite for similar causes. Water is essential for everyone, and we all need it to survive.
OSFR thanks Mr. Shinn for traveling to our meeting and taking the time from his busy schedule to discuss these issues which are important to us as well as to those he represents.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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