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Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam on Updated Citrus Crop Forecast, Need for Federal Assistance 1/15/2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly citrus crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season: [Read More]

New tax law gives area citrus growers help 1/15/2018
While Florida citrus still has the fight of its life in trying to overcome the fatal citrus greening bacteria, growers got more ammunition for the battle from the federal income tax reform Congress passed last month. [Read More]

Buchanan Welcomes US Tax Support For Citrus Fruit Farmers 1/4/2018
The US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included provisions to provide tax support to citrus fruit farmers struggling as a result of recent crop disease and hurricanes. [Read More]

U.S. cold weather spares citrus  1/4/2018
U.S. citrus groves have apparently come through a patch of cold weather in December and early January without significant damage to fruit on the trees. [Read More]

Citrus growers prepared but not concerned as temperatures drop on Treasure Coast 1/3/2018
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Provision to aid beleaguered citrus grower included in tax overhaul 1/3/2018
A provision of the recently signed federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows citrus growers to deduct 100 percent of the cost of replacing damaged trees in the first year. [Read More]

Research Results Show Citrus Greening-Tolerant Trees in Reach 12/18/2017
Based off a special block of grafted orange trees showcased during the recent 100th anniversary of the UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC), there might be new hope the Florida citrus industry can withstand the citrus greening crisis. [Read More]

Citrus industry squeezed if Congress doesn't help 12/13/2017
TALLAHASSEE (NSF) - No “plan B” is available if Congress does not add citrus funding to the latest disaster relief package, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday. [Read More]

Florida citrus, still hurting from Irma, drops again in USDA forecast 12/13/2017
Hurricane Irma continues to take its toll on Florida's orange crop. [Read More]

Commentary: Florida growers need help from Congress 12/11/2017
Florida felt the full brunt of Hurricane Irma when it struck the state in September. It was the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida in decades. [Read More]

Florida Citrus Growers Seek Congress’s Help in New Farm Bill 12/8/2017
Florida citrus growers say they will seek improved risk management tools and crop insurance in the next farm bill, after growers were hit by Hurricane Irma in August and September, threatening to devastate the nation’s largest citrus-producing state. [Read More]

Farmers face challenges and not just from Hurricane Irma 11/30/2017
The agriculture industry is one of the biggest drivers of our economy, but it's also facing challenges and we're not just talking impacts from Hurricane Irma. [Read More]

Florida citrus growers pushing Washington hard for disaster-relief money 11/30/2017
WINTER HAVEN – The time for talking has passed, and the time for action has arrived. [Read More]

Lake Alfred Citrus Research Center officials discuss past, future 11/29/2017
Top University of Florida officials who came for Wednesday’s Citrus Research and Education 100th Anniversary Celebration spoke as much about the next 100 years of Florida citrus as they did about the past century. [Read More]

Citrus growers turn to Congress for help after administration request leaves them out 11/29/2017
WASHINGTON — A top U.S. Agriculture official told a congressional panel Wednesday his agency is willing to explore ways of improving crop insurance options for Florida’s battered citrus industry but that may be of little comfort to growers mulling whether to stay in business following Hurricane Irma’s destruction in September. [Read More]

Florida's citrus industry is still suffering from Hurricane Irma 11/27/2017
When Hurricane Irma made landfall in Southwest Florida on Sept. 10, the state’s citrus groves were hit especially hard. And they were already vulnerable, after more than a decade of struggle against a devastating crop disease. Hurricane Irma’s severe winds, rain and flooding left extensive damage in the groves, which growers say will take years to recover. [Read More]

Editorial: Congress should help Florida agriculture recover from Irma 11/24/2017
Florida agriculture took a beating in September from Hurricane Irma, which caused hundreds of millions of dollars in losses across the citrus, sugar, cattle and dairy industries. [Read More]

Column: Citrus industry hurt by Irma needs federal disaster help 11/22/2017
Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, is a day citrus growers will not soon forget. Hurricane Irma made landfall in the southern part of the peninsula near Marco Island and made its way up through the heart of the Florida citrus industry. [Read More]

Gov. Rick Scott’s budget proposal includes $22M for citrus, greening research 11/14/2017
WINTER HAVEN – Research efforts into the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening got a $2 million raise. [Read More]

Florida’s Natural Growers diversifying business, re-emphasizing existing products like Donald Duck 11/13/2017
HAINES CITY – Donald Duck is back. Not that the Disney cartoon character ever went away, but the orange juice brand carrying his name has long been a minor part of business at Lake Wales-based Citrus World Inc., the parent company of the Florida’s Natural Growers brand. [Read More]

Editorial: Combee a good choice for top ag slot 11/7/2017
It seems that despite all their differences Barack Obama and Donald Trump share one thing in common as presidents: when they look for leadership to help guide Florida’s agriculture industry, they look to Polk County. [Read More]

Genetic engineering ‘fastest method’ to save Florida citrus industry from greening disease 11/7/2017
Huanglongbing (HLB) [also known as citrus greening disease] threatens the survival of the Florida citrus industry. Both conventional cultivars and genetically engineered cultivars that can grow in the presence of HLB have been developed at the University of Florida’s Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred. [Read More]

Personnel note: Neil Combee tapped for USDA job 11/5/2017
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has appointed state Rep. Neil Combee as Florida State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), the department announced in a news release Friday night. [Read More]

Editorial: Give citrus industry hurricane relief 11/1/2017
Congress squeezed out Florida’s citrus industry. Again. [Read More]

A Polk Perspective: Curing greening won’t solve industry’s problems 10/31/2017
Since greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), was first found near Homestead in 2005, it has spread to 90 percent of Florida’s citrus groves, and reduced orange production from 242 million boxes to 69 million boxes. However, citrus production isn’t the only thing the Florida citrus industry is losing. It’s losing its market for orange juice. [Read More]

To save Florida's oranges, Colorado State University team will study deadly citrus disease 10/31/2017
Over the last decade, Florida's famous citrus industry has been battered by a disease called citrus greening, which has destroyed acres of crops and cost untold billions in revenue. [Read More]

Editorial: For the future of citrus, we hope Putnam’s right 10/29/2017
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam believes Congress wants to do the right thing to help the state’s farmers — and particularly its battered citrus growers — in the wake of Hurricane Irma. It will just take longer than most of us preferred or expected. [Read More]

Could oranges and kale help fight cancer? 8/22/2017
Fresh orange juice and leafy green superfoods like broccoli and kale could have a part to play in fighting cancer, according to a new study. [Read More]

Ag. Sect. Perdue pledges to help fight greening 8/17/2017
FORT MYERS – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue capped his visit with Southwest Florida Congressman Tom Rooney Wednesday by attending the Gulf Citrus Growers Citrus and Agriculture Industry Celebration with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. [Read More]

Bayer AG signs $12 million partnership with Florida citrus research group to fight greening 8/17/2017
LAKE ALFRED – Whatever the result of the war against the bacterial disease citrus greening, history will record the Florida citrus industry brought every big gun it could find to the battle. [Read More]

Disease-Infected Insect, that Kills Citrus Trees, Found in Alabama 8/7/2017
A highly contagious disease is affecting our citrus trees in the South. [Read More]

9 Investigates: Growers lose tax break as citrus greening destroys trees 8/4/2017
Citrus greening is causing big problems for local growers. Typically, farm property is given an agriculture classification that comes with a significant tax reduction... [Read More]

Next Class of Florida Citrus Hall of Famers Being Sought 8/4/2017
Nominations are now being accepted for the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. [Read More]

Member of Trump's Cabinet to speak at SWFL citrus dinner 8/4/2017
A well-known member of President Trump's cabinet is coming to Southwest Florida. [Read More]

Citrus legislation draws praise 8/2/2017
Winning endorsement from U.S. citrus leaders, the Citrus Investment in Treatment and Research for U.S. Sustainability Act seeks to deliver research funds to help the citrus industry fight huanglongbing disease, also known as HLB and citrus greening, and give growers incentives to replant healthy trees... [Read More]