Speakers and Issues Forums

State of the Industry

State Representative Jake Raburn

Raburn has served in the Florida House of Representative since 2012. This year, he is chairman of the PreK-12 Quality Subcommittee and vice chair of the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee. A strong supporter of Florida agriculture – and an FFVA member – he also serves on the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee. Raburn works for Hinton Farms Produce, which grows, packs, cools and ships fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education and Communication from the University of Florida. He and his wife, Melissa, have three children.

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Andy Andrews

Andy Andrews, author of the New York Times' best-selling The Traveler's Gift, The Noticer and How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, has impacted millions with his creative writing and speaking. An international sensation, Andy's challenging personal message contains truths for those in all walks of life. 

The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 17 weeks. It has been translated into over 40 languages and sold millions of copies. The Times  hailed Andrews as a "modern day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America." In his tale of one man's search for meaning and success, Andrews captures three qualities most important to an individual's growth: hope, faith and perseverance. As the main character travels in time and encounters seven historical figures, knowledge is imparted to the character and the reader.

Many authors and communicators speak from their personal experience. Andrews is shaped by his life path, but his message also carries the weight of hundreds of lives. Each of these past successes adds credence to the simple yet profound wisdom he entertainingly presents. With the wit of an entertainer and the gravitas of a powerful communicator, Andrews is unique in today's media-driven world. He communicates to audiences from the heart.

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Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam

Adam Putnam oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as a member of Florida’s Cabinet. Commissioner Putnam’s priorities include fostering the growth and diversification of Florida agriculture; expanding access to Florida’s abundance of fresh produce, seafood and other products; securing a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy; protecting the quantity and quality of the state’s water supply; and safeguarding consumers from deceptive business practices.

Previously, Commissioner Putnam served five terms as Congressman for Florida’s 12th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was recognized as a leader on a variety of issues, including water, energy and government transparency and efficiency. Commissioner Putnam was acknowledged for his efforts to bring comprehensive restoration to the Everglades, reform food safety laws, modernize programs to ensure Florida agriculture remains a leader throughout the nation, and increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to counter childhood obesity.

Commissioner Putnam is a fifth-generation Floridian who grew up in the citrus and cattle industry.

Issues Forums


They just don't understand:
Consumer angst about food and what you can do about it 

J.J. Jones, Center for Food Integrity

As consumers become more interested in how their food is grown, processed and brought to market, the food system must ensure it builds trust. Learn how to engage and connect with consumers, telling your story so it will resonate.

Labor outlook: Navigating through uncertainty

Craig Regelbrugge, National Council of Agriculture Employers

With border walls and travel bans dominating the national headlines, where does that leave agriculture? Find out how our industry is strategizing to make sure the new administration understands our unique workforce needs.


Carolyn Gleason, McDermott Will and Emery

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 

For two decades, Mexico has benefited from unfair trade practices while Florida farmers have suffered significant loss of market share. But the trade picture for agriculture may be changing. Get the latest on what FFVA is doing to ensure the competitiveness of our industry.