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Florida’s Orange Crop In “Free Fall”

Citrus greening

The outlook for production of Florida oranges, the state's signature crop, continues to drop. For the second consecutive month, the Florida orange-harvest forecast for the 2015-2016 growing season was adjusted down Wednesday by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Florida Citrus Industry Not So Fruitful, Plagued By Disease

Melrose citrus farmer Marty Werts has been lucky. Unlike many others, his grapefruits have escaped the devastation of citrus greening.

Although Marty Werts' Melrose farm has remained untouched by disease, the Florida citrus industry has faced devastating effects in the last decade due to citrus greening, citrus canker and declining sales. Even with $9.5 million allocated for citrus greening research by the Florida State Legislature between 2013 and 2014, all citrus trees are still dying faster than they are being replanted.

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