Citrus Research and Development Foundation’s sets tax

Last week, the Citrus Research and Development Foundation’s (CRDF) board of directors approved a 3-cents-per-box tax on Florida growers’ fruit. This increase should help fund operations for the coming year. This was the sixth year in a row the CRDF tax has been at that rate.

“We feel like we have to earn it (the tax) every year,” said CRDF Chief Operating Officer Rick Dantzler. “And as hard as we’ve been working, we understand that the record is mixed. But we just don’t feel like we can take our foot off the gas pedal right now.”

CRDF also receives funding from other sources, including appropriations from the Florida Legislature. At the June 22 meeting, State Sen. Ben Albritton, a Wauchula citrus grower, met with the CRDF board to discuss funding and citrus industry organizational matters.

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