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Saving Florida Orange Juice: The Search For A Cure For Citrus Greening – The Greening Series, Part 3

By on August 22nd, 2014 | Last updated: August 22, 2014 at 11:32 am

Nutrient supplements, root stock additives, genetic modification, heat therapies and a bacterial killer are just a few of the proposed solutions to what has been called the worst disease in history to hit Florida orange groves. Citrus greening, a bacterial [...]

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How A Fourth Generation Citrus Farmer Fights To Save His Grove – The Greening Series, Part 2

By on August 20th, 2014 | Last updated: August 21, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Steve Futch, UF IFAS Extension agent, and family farmer, Mac Turner, right, tour the new orange tree plantings on Turner’s family farm in Arcadia, Fla. in April 2014. (Heather van Blokland/WUFT) Citrus farmer Mac Turner is fighting to keep his [...]

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Why The Orange Is So Important to Florida – The Greening Series, Part 1

By on August 19th, 2014 | Last updated: August 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

In our first of a three-part series on citrus greening, WUFT’s Heather van Blokland takes us through a bit of history on Florida’s connection to the orange

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UF Researchers Help Citrus Growers Predict Early Crop Yields

By and on January 28th, 2014 | Last updated: January 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Wonsuk Lee and his research team are developing a system that could help citrus growers better determine how much their groves will yield before harvest.

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Farmers Get ‘Smarter’ with New UF Apps

By on November 10th, 2013 | Last updated: November 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, in conjunction with the University of Georgia, released the first three smart device applications of a larger project, to help farmers like those who run Citra’s Orange shop produce crops more efficiently.

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Fla. Elected Officials Received Solid 2013 Pay Bump

By on November 4th, 2013 | Last updated: November 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Sumter County Supervisor of Elections Karen Krauss can’t remember the last time she got a raise as high as the $4,389 she received this year.

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Florida’s Agriculture Industry Continues To Grow

By on October 23rd, 2013 | Last updated: October 23, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Florida’s agriculture industry is continuing to grow, according to a report released last week by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The report titled “Florida Agriculture: By the Numbers” cited increased sales of oranges, honey and other agricultural commodities.

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Florida farmers prepare for less citrus due to drop

By on March 18th, 2013 | Last updated: September 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

Farmers could lose up to 20 percent of their citrus crop due to overproduction.

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Florida citrus crops drop

By on February 7th, 2013 | Last updated: September 13, 2013 at 11:19 am

A drop in Florida citrus crops could potentially increase prices for consumers. UF, the USDA and citrus growers have been investing time and money to come up with “aggressive” research methods to fight Greening and citrus canker.

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Mechanical harvesting could see growth, despite recent declines in Florida

By on November 26th, 2012 | Last updated: December 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

The use of mechanical harvesting for citrus in Florida declined by about 74 percent in recent seasons, but University of Florida Prof. Bob Ebel said this type of harvesting will grow in the future.

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