Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida - Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications
Barbara Miedema is Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. The Cooperative, based in Belle Glade, is made up of 46 small and medium-sized sugarcane farms located in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Miedema is responsible for coordinating all internal and external communications for the Cooperative. She served on Gov. Rick Scott’s 2010 Transition Team for Regulatory Reform that provided input on how to streamline regulations that hinder job creation in Florida. She is a charter member of the South Florida Water Management District’s Water Resource Advisory Commission, which provides recommendations to the Governing Board on regional water policy issues. She serves as the point person on all water resource issues for the Cooperative, including water quality and supply challenges, Lake Okeechobee management and support of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. She is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Leadership Palm Beach County and Leadership Glades programs. Miedema earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts and Sciences from Michigan State University. She is an accredited public relations professional through the Florida Public Relations Association who has received 15 statewide awards of recognition for her work.
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