Florida FFA State Officers Help with Citrus Expo

Will Jordan General

by Will Jordan The Florida FFA State Officers were hard at work last week during the Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo in Tampa. Growers supported the Florida FFA officers through a raffle held during the two-day event. To discuss more about the officer team’s time at Citrus Expo, we visited with Kayelee Ehrisman, Florida FFA State President.

Miss Florida Citrus Visits Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo

Will Jordan General

by Will Jordan Last week The Citrus and Specialty Crop Expo in Tampa drew big crowds and offered excellent seminars for growers and those interested in the industry. One of those in attendance was the crowned representative of the Florida citrus industry, Miss Florida Citrus, Casana Fink. Once known as the Florida Citrus Queen, serving as an ambassador for Florida’s …

Last Chance to Pre-Register for Florida Grower Citrus Show is Friday

Sabrina Halvorson Citrus, Florida Grower Citrus Show

The last chance to preregister for the Florida Grower Citrus Show is Friday, April 7, at 12:00pm Eastern. The show itself will be held Thursday, April 13 starting at 8:00am with registration and breakfast, with the General Session starting at 9am. Then the lunch break will run from 11:10am – 2:00pm where the Tailgate Party will take place. The Florida Grower Citrus …

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Florida Orange Crop Bouncing Back Post-Hurricane

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Florida orange growers appear to be catching a break this year, following last year’s devastating hurricane season and declines due to citrus greening. The state may harvest 70 million boxes of oranges this year, compared to just 44.9 million last year, which was the smallest crop since 1945. Highlands County Citrus Growers Association executive director Ray Royce told Bloomberg “a …


Children to Learn About Agriculture at UF/IFAS Citrus Youth Day

Dan Ag "Outdoors", Citrus, Education, Florida, Research

Children from across Florida will get a chance to learn about one of the major Florida agriculture industries at the second annual Citrus Youth Day. They might even get so inspired that they attend the University of Florida and pursue a career in agriculture, organizers say. Some 66 youth are scheduled to attend the event June 28 at the University …


Putnam Comments on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Disaster Assistance

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: “This citrus crop forecast is another reminder of the continued struggles of Florida’s iconic citrus industry since Hurricane Irma inflicted unprecedented damage last year. But thanks to the collaborative efforts of the United …

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Citrus Peels Have Many Uses

Dan Citrus, This Land of Ours

Everyone throws them away. But, Cathy Isom lets you know why you shouldn’t throw away those citrus peels, and the many uses for them. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Citrus Peels Have Many Uses The next time you buy oranges, limes, tangerines, grapefruits, lemons, or mandarins, don’t throw away those peels! There are so many household uses …

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What the Budget Bill Means for Farmers and Ranchers

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Legislative

The disaster assistance spending measure has been watched carefully by producers who were hit hard by natural disasters. Producers in California, Florida, Texas, and even Puerto Rico lost crops and livestock because of wildfires and hurricanes last year. Politico says America’s dairy and cotton producers also have been looking for subsidy increases because of a serious economic downturn. The bill …

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Farm Disaster Relief on the Way After Irma’s Devastation

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Field Crops, Industry News Release, Legislative, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Specialty Crops

State lawmakers continue to craft tax relief for Florida’s storm-battered citrus industry, as President Donald Trump signed off Friday on billions of dollars in much-anticipated federal disaster relief. A spending bill approved by Congress and Trump includes nearly $90 billion for disaster relief, with $2.36 billion aimed at assisting the agriculture industry for losses from Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane …