Department of Citrus Future to be Addressed

Ernie Neff Citrus, Florida

A workshop to begin considering the future size and function of the Florida Department of Citrus will be conducted Wednesday in Bartow. The workshop will convene after the department’s governing board, the Florida Citrus Commission, holds a brief meeting at department headquarters. Earlier this year, 12 large citrus growers called for drastic cuts in the department’s budget, size and activities, citing the impacts of greening disease in recent years. The department is funded primarily by a tax on each box of fruit growers sell for juice or the fresh market, and fruit production has dropped dramatically because of greening.

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