Florida Citrus Hanging on Through Difficult Times

BARTOW – If you talk to a citrus grower about the state of Florida citrus in the recent past, the word “chaotic” would likely arise soon in the conversation.

But to University of Florida economist Christa Court, the state’s signature agriculture industry was pretty stable over the three years bookended by the 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons, at least in terms of its economic impact in Florida.

Florida citrus contributed $7.24 billion to the state’s economy in the 2016-17 season, according to Court, the lead author of a 28-page report presented Wednesday to the Florida Citrus Commission, the governing body of the Florida Department of Citrus in Bartow.

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