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Future of Florida citrus depends o breakthrough in fight against greening

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam commented the U.S. Department of Agriculture citrus crop forecast for the 2015-2016.

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"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.

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