Future of Florida citrus depends o breakthrough in fight against greening
"Although heartening, today's slightly improved citrus crop forecast does not change the fact that the future of Florida citrus depends on a breakthrough in the fight against greening," Commissioner Putnam said.
"Until that scientific breakthrough comes, I will use every tool in the toolbox to support Florida citrus and its more than $10 billion economic impact on our state."
The USDA's forecast of 71 million boxes of oranges, weighing 90 pounds each, represents a decline of more than 70 percent since the peak of citrus production at 244 million boxes during the 1997-98 season. ■