Florida Farm Bureau at AFBF Convention and Deputy Ag Secretary Bronagh Steps Down
**A Florida Farm Bureau delegation of 61 members and staff attended the 104thAmerican Farm Bureau Convention held last month in Puerto Rico.
According to www.morningagclips.com, members participated in professional development sessions, competitive events and attended general sessions featuring guest speakers like Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, Bert Jacobs, co-founder of Life is Good®, and Big Kenny Aplhin of Big & Rich.
Florida was well represented in the Young Farmers & Ranchers events with three competitors.
**Deputy Ag Secretary Jewel Bronaugh announced last week her intention to resign from the USDA.
Bronaugh says, it is with mixed emotions I am announcing that I will step away from my role as Deputy Secretary in the coming weeks so I can spend more time with my mom, husband and four children.
President Biden nominated Bronaugh to USDA in January of 2021 and was confirmed by the Senate in May of that year.
**Food-at-home prices increased 11.4% in 2022, more than three times the 3.5% rate in 2021, according to USDA’s Economic Research Service.
The increase was also much faster than the 2% historical annual average from 2002 to 2021.
In 2022, price increases surpassed 10% for food at home and for nine food categories.
Egg prices grew at the fastest rate 32.2%, after the bird flu outbreak in 2022.