Dealing with Abandoned Citrus Groves

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida

Richard Gaskalla, FDACS/DPI One of the many folks we saw at Farm Bureau Day reception in Tallahassee this week was Richard Gaskalla, Director of the Fl Department of Agriculture’s Division of Plant Industry in Gainesville, (FDACS/DPI). In these reports, he comments on what is being done to help growers and industry deal with the abandoned groves issue. Some grove owners have been less than willing to push up groves that are considered by neighboring growers to be pest and disease havens, afraid doing so could affect their tax classification. BUT that seems to be changing.