Agriculture, Environmental Funding Pitched

Dan Economy, Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will ask state lawmakers for $75 million next year to fund a depleted program that helps shield agricultural land from development. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he will propose spending $21 million to help struggling citrus growers reeling after Hurricane Irma. “They have one crop a year. With all the wind and the rain, it …


Citrus Greening Plant Disease Detected in Alabama

Dan Alabama, Citrus

A plant disease that presents a serious threat to the U.S. citrus industry has been detected in Alabama. Federal and state plant health officials have confirmed the identification of citrus greening (CG), also known as Huanglongbing or HLB, which is caused by the bacterial pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. This is the first confirmation of citrus greening in Alabama despite biannual …


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


$21.8 Million to Combat Citrus Disease

Dan Citrus, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $21.8 million in available funding to combat and manage citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing (HLB)Huanglongbing (HLB), which has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), …