Press Release
August 26, 2019

Holland & Knight’s Meital Stavinsky Appointed to Florida Department of Agriculture’s Innovations Workgroup

MIAMI (August 26, 2019) – Holland & Knight Partner Meital Stavinsky was recently appointed by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried to serve on the newly-formed Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Innovations Workgroup. She will serve for a three-year term concluding June 30, 2022. 

The Innovations Workgroup is composed of 21 highly respected farmers, ranchers, agribusiness value chain partners, academic and technical experts, and government officials. The workgroup is tasked with making recommendations to the Commissioner of Agriculture for strategic actions for solutions to support growth and development of agriculture while providing ecosystem services in the state. The group also includes international agriculture experts from nations like Israel and Canada who can advise on the adoption of environmentally-conscious technology.

Ms. Stavinsky is an Israeli-American and co-chairs the Israel Practice of Holland & Knight. For more than a decade, Ms. Stavinsky has been involved in assisting innovative agricultural technology developers enter and expand their operations in the U.S. via, among others, partnership with leading U.S. businesses, strategic partners and academia. She is a member of the Florida Agri-Women, an affiliate of the 50,000-member American Agri-Women.

Ms. Stavinsky focuses her practice on business, public policy and regulation, with a particular emphasis on Israeli emerging and advanced technologies companies in the areas of agritech and foodtech. She assists Israeli companies seeking to enter the U.S. market and expand their operations in the U.S. Ms. Stavinsky is also co-leading a Women in AgriTech initiative, founded last year in Israel along with other key leading partners.

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