The Importance of Research Dollars in the Next Farm Bill

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Farm Bill, Florida, Research, Weather

The new farm bill is still being negotiated and worked out. There are some kinks to it, which is why its completion is taking longer than expected. However, one thing that most people can agree on is the importance of including research funding in the new farm bill. Hurricanes asides, research has greatly impacted the Florida citrus industry industry after …

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Farm Disaster Relief on the Way After Irma’s Devastation

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

State lawmakers continue to craft tax relief for Florida’s storm-battered citrus industry, as President Donald Trump signed off Friday on billions of dollars in much-anticipated federal disaster relief. A spending bill approved by Congress and Trump includes nearly $90 billion for disaster relief, with $2.36 billion aimed at assisting the agriculture industry for losses from Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane …

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Root Biologist Joins UF Fight Against Citrus Greening

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release, Research

An inventive fruit tree researcher has joined the University of Florida Indian River Research and Education Center. Lorenzo Rossi is the center’s first-ever root biology professor and will support the university’s statewide Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ commitment to restore Florida’s $9 billion citrus industry. “Healthy roots are essential for a healthy plant. Dr. Rossi’s root biology research will …

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For Florida Orange Growers No News May Be Good News

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Florida

The Florida citrus industry has been struggling with HLB for over a decade. Now, with the damage following Hurricane Irma, many may be wondering exactly what the state of the industry is and what it may become. For an industry riddled with disease and disaster, no news may be good news for the Florida citrus industry. Gary Crawford has the …

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Citrus Industry Remains ‘In Crisis’ Despite Stable Forecast

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Forecast numbers for Florida’s struggling citrus industry held steady from December to January, the first month since Hurricane Irma that the figures didn’t drop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Friday that Florida will grow enough oranges to fill 46 million 90-pound boxes, the same as in December. Meanwhile, grapefruit production held at 4.65 million boxes for the third consecutive month. While the …

Florida Citrus Mutual Sets Goals for Florida Legislative Session

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Legislative

The Florida legislative session begins today in Tallahassee. Many agricultural leaders are getting ready to make a trip to the state capitol to speak to legislators about their needs. On the citrus side, Florida Citrus Mutual has set several goals to aid an industry with devastating challenges. Andrew Meadows, director of communications for Florida Citrus Mutual, says the issues on …

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Will Arctic Cold Wave Affect Florida Citrus?

Abbey Taylor Citrus, Weather

Florida is off to a cool start in 2018 as parts of the state anticipate freezing temperatures this week. Many crops underway at the moment may be impacted, including citrus. Gary Crawford has the story on the citrus side.    

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Florida Farmers Brace for Cold Weather

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Florida, Fruits, Industry News Release, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops, Vegetables, Weather

Florida farmers were preparing Thursday for continuing cold weather, with temperatures expected to drop into the 30s overnight as far south as Fort Myers and Homestead. Many of Florida’s crops cannot handle freezing temperatures for long periods. Citrus and strawberry farmers are preparing harvests ahead of time, often running irrigation systems to create small layers of ice over the fruit …

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What Is the International Citrus Business Conference?

Abbey Taylor Citrus

The International Citrus Business Conference is quickly approaching! Organized by Morris Agribusiness Services and AgNet Media, the conference will feature a range of topics from citrus greening research, to marketing fresh oranges and foreign competition. Allen Morris of Morris Agribusiness Services described the event: Registration for the International Citrus Business Conference is open! For more information, or to register, click …