AS A BUSINESS, USA Quality Steel Barns & Garages has close ties with the agriculture industry through all of the barns and other ag outbuildings that we’ve installed over the years. As individuals, we work and play alongside the growers and producers who work so hard to provide produce like citrus, beef and other farm-made products for Floridians, U.S. citizens, and people at all corners of the globe.
The 2014-2015 final citrus forecast recently released by the USDA marks a low point for the Florida citrus industry, mainly from the scourge of citrus greening. However, we are heartened by the thought that the citrus industry is akin to one of our steel buildings: It weathers the storms and stands the tests of time.
In the late 1800s — even before history records oranges coming to Florida — Cottony Cushion Scale nearly wiped out groves in L.A. Then, Alfred Koebele brought back the Ladybird beetle from Australia, and the Cottony Cushion Scale was history. Citrus Canker has been beaten back again and again since its discovery in the U.S. in 1910, and it, too, will be beaten. There were devastating freezes in just about every decade — many deemed “impact freezes” — and yet the industry continued on.
There are few issues in Florida today that are being worked on with the same level of attention and urgency as citrus greening, and we are confident that it, too, will one day be a thing of the past. Then, as now, our steel buildings will be ready for whatever job Florida agriculture requires.
This column is sponsored by USA Quality Steel Barns & Garages.
column by RON TISDAL
ABOUT USA QUALITY STEEL BARNS & GARAGES: With 15 years of building experience, Ron Tisdal is the owner of USA Quality Steel Barns & Garages. Visit the company website at www.USABARNSANDGARAGES.com. You can also contact Ron via email at email@example.com, or by phone at (863) 978-8586.