Citrus Forecast Steady as Growers Await Aid

Dan Citrus, Crop Forecasts, Florida, Industry News Release

Florida struggling citrus crop, fighting disease and battered by Hurricane Irma, held steady over the past month in a newly released forecast. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Thursday that Florida will grow enough oranges in the current season to fill 45 million 90-pound boxes, a mark unchanged from a February forecast. However, that would still be a major drop …


Citrus Industry Remains ‘In Crisis’ Despite Stable Forecast

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

Forecast numbers for Florida’s struggling citrus industry held steady from December to January, the first month since Hurricane Irma that the figures didn’t drop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Friday that Florida will grow enough oranges to fill 46 million 90-pound boxes, the same as in December. Meanwhile, grapefruit production held at 4.65 million boxes for the third consecutive month. While the …


Citrus Forecast Drop Spurs More Calls for Relief

Dan Citrus, Crop Forecasts, Industry News Release

Florida agriculture leaders say the latest projected decline in citrus production underscores a dire need for federal disaster relief after Hurricane Irma. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated Tuesday that Florida will grow enough oranges to fill a decades-low 46 million 90-pound boxes, 8 percent less than in a November estimate. Meanwhile, grapefruit production held at 4.65 million boxes in …

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Putnam on Hurricane Irma’s Impact to Florida Citrus

Dan Citrus, Florida, Industry News Release

I took an aerial tour to survey areas impacted by Hurricane Irma, including citrus groves in Central and Southwest Florida. It’s still too early to know the full extent of the damage to Florida citrus. But after touring groves on foot and by air, it’s clear that our signature crop has suffered serious and devastating losses from Hurricane Irma. But …


Citrus Growers ‘Still Fighting’ Amid Tough Season

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

News Service of Florida A leader of Florida’s struggling citrus industry offered a positive view after getting a slight increase Friday in the decades-low harvest forecast for the current growing season. Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, expressed some optimism after the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast Friday that growers in Florida would produce enough oranges …

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Florida Commissioner’s Spotlight: Citrus Greening

Dan Citrus, FL Commissioner Report

    On this week’s Commissioner’s Spotlight, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam talks about Citrus Greening, a disease that is impacting Florida’s signature crop – citrus.     You can follow Florida Commissioner Adam Putnam on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Discover more by visiting