Asian citrus psyllid

Commissioner’s AgriCorner: Rolling out a multifaceted plan for continued support of Florida citrus

FLORIDA IS KNOWN for its white sandy beaches, world-class attractions, and (my personal favorite) citrus. Look no further than Florida’s official license plate, with its image of two oranges and an orange blossom, as proof of its place in our history and culture. Florida has been synonymous with citrus for most of our 500-year history …

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Commissioner’s AgriCorner: The importance of continued research for citrus greening


For most of Florida’s 500-year history, Florida has been synonymous with citrus. Introduced to Florida in 1565 by Spanish settlers, citrus found Florida to provide the ideal environment for production. Today, there are more than 70 million citrus trees in Florida on 473,000 acres. The citrus industry employs 76,000 Floridians and has a $9 billion …

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The Green Monster: At War with a Potentially Devastating Citrus Disease

Jerry Newlin has weathered many disease outbreaks in the citrus industry, from canker to Tristeza and Blossom Blight, but citrus greening has proven the worst outbreak he’s seen, and the worst the Florida citrus industry has had to face. Newlin is vice president of citrus operations for Orange-Co, a citrus grove near Arcadia that, like …

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