Tax Language In Favor of Abandoned Grove Owners Removing Trees

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida

Richard Gaskalla, FDACS/DPI An issue brewing in Florida citrus country is how to get abandoned citrus grove landowners to push their sick trees out, when they fear losing designated agriculture tax status while they either await new trees to plant or other crops to take their place. Hear comments in this report from Richard Gaskalla, Director of the Florida Dept of Agriculture’s Division of Plant Industry, who says rules are in place to favor landowners who do the right thing by removing sick tree blocks entirely, where appropriate.