Farming and ranching have a long — and important — history in Florida. On April 5, hopefuls for governor and for commissioner of agriculture and consumer services will address a meeting in Orlando. / Florida Food & Farm file photo

By Heather Celoria

Candidates for Florida’s governor and for commissioner of agriculture and consumer services will address a landowners’ gathering on Thursday, April 5, in Orlando.

Adam Putnam / Contributed

Adam Putnam, the current commissioner of agriculture and consumer services, wants to become Florida’s next governor. He says he will attend the Candidate Summit. / Contributed

They will speak at an event sponsored by Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate (CBCSRE) and a group of Florida business and agriculture-industry organizations.

The Candidate Summit will be held April 5 from 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, near Orlando.

“We wanted to provide an opportunity for guests of our annual land conference and others to hear from the candidates,” said Dean Saunders, founder and broker of CBCSRE. “A dozen organizations worked with us to create this opportunity, because they know the important role that policy plays in the economic vitality of Florida’s land and agriculture markets.”

The candidates will speak individually on topics related to Florida land and agriculture.

Conference begins after summit

The Lay of the Land Conference will begin immediately after the Candidate Summit and continue through Friday, April 6.

Ron DeSantis, U.S. representative for Florida’s Sixth District, is running for governor. He is scheduled to attend the Candidate Summit. / Contributed

The conference — an annual gathering of landowners, policymakers, investors and other industry affiliates — features a report of current Florida land-market data.

Gubernatorial candidates invited include Ron DeSantis, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Adam Putnam. DeSantis and Putnam have confirmed their attendance.

Agriculture-commissioner candidates confirmed include Matt Caldwell, state Sen. Denise Grimsley and Baxter Troutman.

For more information and to register for the luncheon or conference, visit layofthelandconference.com.

Heather Celoria is the marketing manager for Coldwell Banker Commercial Saunders Real Estate.