USDA: No Action Yet on Fresh Citrus Shipping Protocols

Gary Cooper Citrus, Florida, General

Southeast AgNet's Gary Cooper and U S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at USDA headquarters in Washington D C - photo by Chuck Zimmerman, ZimmComm USDA scientists say harvested fruit does not spread citrus canker, so Florida growers are anxious for relaxed USDA protocols for shipping fresh fruit from Florida. In Washington D C last week with a small group of U S farm broadcasters I asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and USDA/APHIS top brass for an update on this topic. Hear what we learned in this report and remember citrus growers, don’t shoot the messenger!