Citrus Commish May Change Approach to Address ‘Free Riders’

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida

2007/2008 Citrus Commission Chairman Ben Albritton Jr from WauchulaIn this report, a preview of a Citrus Commission teleconference scheduled for today, where commissioners are expected to discuss and possibly act on a proposal that could change the way the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) collects its taxes. This is part of the continued efforts of the Commission to address the ‘free rider’ issue, where Florida growers exclusively pay for FDOC programs even though orange juice importers also gain benefits from FDOC promotional and research investments. Listen To wmaReport (1:00 mp3)