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Florida Orange Crop Bouncing Back Post-Hurricane

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Florida orange growers appear to be catching a break this year, following last year’s devastating hurricane season and declines due to citrus greening. The state may harvest 70 million boxes of oranges this year, compared to just 44.9 million last year, which was the smallest crop since 1945. Highlands County Citrus Growers Association executive director Ray Royce told Bloomberg “a …

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UF/IFAS Scientists Use Fungus to Manage Asian Citrus Psyllid

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release, Research

Fighting plant disease with jet blast sprays is standard practice for citrus growers. But, to spray a fungus to control a single insect that carries a disease-causing pathogen is uncommon. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability researchers have begun to test an insect-killing fungus applied with horticultural oil sprays in …

Homeowners to Receive Payments by October in Canker Fight

Abbey Taylor Citrus

A legal fight over citrus canker has finally come to a close after 17 years. The law firm that represented the homeowners believe that payments should be received by October. Each homeowner can expect to receive at least $600. Citrus canker, which reappeared in Florida in 1986, is a bacterial disease that can cause blemishes on the fruit, and in …

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Ted Yoho: Citrus Greening Research Funding Is Imperative

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

The House and the Senate have passed their versions of the farm bill. Now it is time for appointed legislators to hammer out the details for the final version of the bill. Ted Yoho, U.S. Congressman and member of the House Committee on Agriculture, believes that including funding for citrus greening is vital for the Florida citrus industry. Before returning …

Congressman Yoho Comments on WHIP Payments

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

The sign-up period for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP) is set to begin on July 16. There is some speculation as to how these payments will flow down to the growers. However, according to Ted Yoho, U.S. Congressman of Florida’s 3rd District, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and his staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have …

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Children to Learn About Agriculture at UF/IFAS Citrus Youth Day

Dan Ag "Outdoors", Citrus, Education, Florida, Research

Children from across Florida will get a chance to learn about one of the major Florida agriculture industries at the second annual Citrus Youth Day. They might even get so inspired that they attend the University of Florida and pursue a career in agriculture, organizers say. Some 66 youth are scheduled to attend the event June 28 at the University …

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USDA Encourages Grower Attendance at WHIP Meetings

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency will hold several information sessions in Florida about the Wildfire Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP). The meetings are the first step in the Hurricane Irma relief package. The USDA is encouraging all growers who wish to participate in WHIP to attend at least one meeting. Below are the dates, times and locations …

georgia citrus

Agri View: Georgia Citrus Expanding Thanks to Research

Dan Agri View, Citrus, Research

Everett Griner talks about citrus farming and related research in Georgia expanding in today’s Agri View. Georgia Citrus Expanding Thanks to Research You know, many people thought that citrus business in Georgia was a temporary thing that would soon go away. They don’t think that anymore. Not with the research and the diversity and the growth that’s taking place. The …

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Putnam Comments on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Disaster Assistance

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: “This citrus crop forecast is another reminder of the continued struggles of Florida’s iconic citrus industry since Hurricane Irma inflicted unprecedented damage last year. But thanks to the collaborative efforts of the United …