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District Supervisor Daisy Morales held her 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour in Apopka with USDA-NRCS

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – This morning at Apopka City Hall, your elected Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales held her 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour in Apopka as part of her office month long celebration of Earth Day.

Federal, State, City and community stakeholders at the 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour at Apopka City Hall Council Chamber

Federal, State, City and community stakeholders at the 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour at Apopka City Hall Council Chamber

District Supervisor Daisy Morales was joined by Chuck O’Rourke with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez, Nattacha Wyllie, Special Assistant to Eatonville Mayor, Julie Rojas-Stayrook with the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) Farmwork Job and Education Program, Osceola Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Mildred Ramirez, Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez, UCF’s SGA Health & Sustainability Coordinator Emily Dovydaitis, SEIU Organizer Terri Falbo, Farmworker Association of Florida Representatives and other stakeholders from organizations supportive of environmental and sustainability efforts.

Apopka is also known as the “Indoor Foliage Capital of the World” because of its multi-million dollar foliage industry, stated District Supervisor Morales. This was one of her reasons for selecting Apopka to hold her first annual Earth Day Awareness Tour.

April 22 is the annual day for National Earth Day and my office cannot celebrate Earth Day across Orange County in one day, stated District Supervisor Morales. The theme for Earth Day across the country this year is “it’s our turn to lead,” so I’m inspiring elected officials, farmers, ranchers and residents to make a big difference in environmental conservation.

As your elected Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor for Orange County, my office and also the State of Florida Orange Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors work in partnership with federal, state, regional, county, and local governments on natural resources issues, said District Supervisor Morales. Morales office provides educational awareness and information on grant funding opportunities offered by the government and private sectors to her constituents.

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USDA-NRCS Chuck O’Rourke and Honorable Daisy Morales, State of Florida Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor, Seat 2 at Apopka City Hall for the 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour. Photo by Willie David Florida National News

In her first term elected to public office, District Supervisor Daisy Morales invited federal officials with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) to participate in her first annual Earth Day Awareness Tour. USDA-NRCS give a presentation on the Department’s programs and grant funding opportunities offered to farmers, ranchers and other landowners.

Apopka has a wide variety of nurseries that provide over half the indoor foliage sold by retailers around the Country, and the USDA-NRCS is a key federal agency in providing technical and financial support to landowners and operators.

USDA-NRCS Chuck O’Rourke , Soil & Water District Supervisor Daisy Morales and Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez issue final remarks at the 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Photo by Willie David Florida National News

USDA-NRCS Chuck O’Rourke , Soil & Water District Supervisor Daisy Morales and Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez issue final remarks at the 2015 Earth Day Awareness Tour, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Photo by Willie David Florida National News

After USDA-NRCS presentation; Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales, Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez, USDA-NRCS Officials and others toured the Agri-Starts nursery on Kelly Park Road in Apopka Thursday.

Apopka-based Agri-Starts – a leading supplier of plant tissue cultures and starter plants – earned a 2014 Ag-Environmental Leadership Award from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The company captures rainwater for irrigation, recycles materials and makes many other efforts to reduce its impact on the environment. Find out more below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0m2oOW4jwg | Award

ABOUT DISTRICT SUPERVISOR DAISY MORALES
Elected November 2014 for term January 2015 to January 2019, Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor Daisy Morales serve on the State of Florida Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors, Seat 2, representing Orange County, one of the most dynamic and diverse counties in Florida, which includes the following cities and towns: Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, and Winter Park. Before being elected to office, Morales served as Associate Supervisor for the District from April 2014 to January 2015. Morales elected office is authorized by Florida Chapter 582.

ORANGE COUNTY CONSTITUENTS CONTACT DAISY MORALES
Email: moraleselected@yahoo.com | Website: www.moraleselected.wix.com/news

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