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Texas region plans citrus revival

The area of Falfurrias, Texas, was a very prosperous citrus-growing region from 1909 until 1951, according to Romulo Montilla, who has a ranch there. “However, in 1951 there was a freezing temperature that killed close to 90% of the citrus. In 1967, the remaining citrus was eliminated with another terrible freeze.”

Montilla and others recently began working to return citrus to the rural area of Falfurrias about 70 miles north of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas’ primary citrus region. “Last year, a group of concerned farmers and business-oriented people decided to create the Farmers Exchange Co-op Association with the intention to bring back citrus,” Montilla reports. “The plan is to plant lime, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and mandarins. There are already more than 20 farmers invested in this project.”

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