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New Statewide Council Will Review Everyday Challenges Of Farmworkers

Pictured here is a row of muscadine grape trees on a farm.
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A new council will review the everyday challenges of farmworkers and recommend solutions to the state’s agriculture commissioner Nikki Fried. Council members will look at everything from healthcare access to the living conditions of farmworkers. Fried says the goal is to make sure farmworkers have a voice.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is creating a new council that will look at the everyday challenges of farmworkers. That includes access to healthcare, living conditions, and more.

The council is similar to a now-disbanded group that used to report to the governor's office. But Fried says this new council will report directly to her.

"I will be able to take this information and utilize state resources, requesting for additional resources, going to the federal government as well, and potentially looking at ways in our Florida statutes that we might be able to work through some of the issues that have been raised," Fried said in a phone interview with WFSU.

Fried explains that the council's main priority is to make sure farmworkers have a voice at the table.

"This way, we get these marginalized voices to the table and educate us on what is happening on the ground and start working on solutions to make life better for our farmworkers," Fried said.

Fried's department is still figuring out how many people will serve on the council. Fried said there will be about 15 members.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.