US: Florida governor proposes $22M for state citrus industry

Governor Rick Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future budget proposes $22 million for the Florida citrus industry. 

This includes $5 million supporting Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) marketing programs aimed at educating and increasing awareness among consumers of the health benefits of Florida citrus and Florida orange juice. It also includes $650,000 for new variety research ensuring Americans have access to the citrus long into the future.

Governor Scott said, “Florida has an incredible and iconic citrus industry and following the devastating impacts of Hurricane Irma, I am fully committed to helping this industry, and the many families that rely on it, fully recover. I am proud to announce more than $21 million for Florida’s world-famous citrus industry, which will support important research opportunities, awareness efforts and ongoing recovery operations. We will continue to fight for Florida’s farmers and their families as we work with the Legislature to pass this significant investment.”

FDOC Executive Director Shannon Shepp said, “Governor Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future budget recognises the deep legacy of Florida’s citrus industry, and its great contributions to our economy over the years. We couldn’t be more grateful for his commitment to see Florida citrus through our many challenges, and continue our pledge to be present and accountable in all budget actions.”

Gov. Scott’s Securing Florida’s Future budget highlights:
Gov. Scott’s announcement comes as the Florida citrus industry continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, which impacted growers across the state and caused more than $760 million in damages. Growers are expected to produce just 50 million boxes of oranges this season, a drop of 27 percent over last season, with the number expected to reduce further as the full extent of damages are realised.


Publication date: 11/16/2017

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