FFAA was originally formed in 1932 as the Florida Agriculture Research Institute, Inc. Its mission was to furnish information to the agricultural community on fertilizer and agrichemical use. In 1986, the name was changed to Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical Association, Inc. Today, FFAA represents the fertilizer, limestone and agrichemical industries that operate in Florida.
Fertilizer/Limestone: Any company that is required by Florida state law to register products with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provides the fertilizer product to the final consumer and/or retailer.
Pesticide: Any company that is required by Florida state law to register its agricultural pesticides with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and provides the product in a form that can be used by the final consumer.
Supplier: Offering for sale a product or service used in the manufacture, distribution or sale of active members’ product(s).
Reseller: Selling of finished products to the end user.
Allied members sell a product and/or service not related to the manufacture, distribution, or sale of Active members’ product(s).
Affiliate members are agricultural trade associations, individual persons (not company oriented) and retirees. Where question of membership class arises, the decision of the Board is final.
There is strength in numbers. FFAA provides a structure for the fertilizer and agrichemical industries to work together as a group to achieve more. Members of FFAA have the opportunity to participate in the development of positions that FFAA will take on legislative, and regulatory issues which affect your business. FFAA provides a means for business contacts, exchange of ideas, communication, and educational programs to improve your business skills.
FFAA represents your interests in Tallahassee during the legislative session, and with individual legislators throughout the year. Through involvement with regional and state associations, we monitor action in Washington, D.C. and other states.
FEDERAL & STATE AGENCIES
FFAA works with various state agencies such as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in development and review of rules regulating your business. Other federal and state agencies are frequently contacted for input of ideas and information.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (IFAS)
FFAA cooperates with IFAS in grower and industry meetings, and other activities involving IFAS Research and Extension divisions.
FFAA coordinates and communicates with other agricultural associations on legislative and regulatory activities which mutually affect the Florida agriculture community. In addition, FFAA is an active member of the Florida Agriculture Coalition. Working together, we are more effective in presenting a unified industry position.
FFAA members are kept informed through weekly e-mails, quarterly newsletters, broadcast faxes, special reports, committees, seminars, meetings and other personal contacts.
FFAA BETTER GOVERNMENT CCE
FFAA maintains a state political action committee to support candidates who share our philosophy.
- Its continuing efforts to develop good legislation—designed to protect both manufacturers, growers, farm workers and consumers—governing the regulation of the fertilizer and agrichemical industries.
- Its leadership role in organizing the Florida Agricultural Council which works to secure adequate appropriations for research and education for Florida ag industries.
- Instrumental in the establishment of a frost warning service for citrus and vegetable growers. Engaged with EPA on NPDES permit issues and opposed to EPA's proposed numeric nutrient criteria for Florida.
- Cooperating with state officials to study fertilizer mixtures as to the uniformity of guaranteed contents.
- Participation in the development of the Florida Pesticide Management Plan.
- Development of bulk fertilizer plant BMPs in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
- Organization of the Florida Certified Crop Advisers program, a voluntary program that promotes education, professionalism, and ethics among individuals making recommendations involving fertilizer and crop protection materials.
A Board of 15 Directors sets the policies for the association. FFAA’s office is in Bartow, Florida. FFAA’s long-standing success stems from the unselfish commitment of its members to dedicating their time, talent and funds to furthering the best interests of the entire industry, Florida agriculture and our communities. Given the strength of that commitment, FFAA’s history of valuable contributions to Florida and its members is sure to continue!
Active: (based on dollar sales in Florida)
0 - 5 Million: $1,500
5 - 10 Million: $2,750
10 - 25 Million: $4,150
25 Million +: $4,500
Associate: (based on dollar sales in Florida)
< 10 Million $1,200
> 10 Million: $1,400