The Florida Citrus Industry

Florida's citrus industry is hurting in a big way. The final report of the growing season by the U.S. Department of Agriculture put Florida orange production for the 2014-15 season at 96.7 million boxes, a drop of 4 percent from last year. The bleak numbers show a decline in the orange harvest of more than 60 percent since the peak of production during the 1997-98 season. We take a look at the future of Florida’s signature crop and the fight against citrus greening.

 

Executive Vice President and CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual
Senior Reporter with The Ledger of Lakeland.

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Original Broadcast Date: 
08/04/15

Tuesday at 6:30 PM | Sunday at 7:30 AM on WUSF 89.7
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Host:
Robin Sussingham

Robin Trohn Sussingham is a reporter and program host at WUSF Public Broadcasting, and is the producer of Florida Matters. She came to WUSF from public radio stations KUER and KCPW in Utah, has contributed stories to NPR and Marketplace, and also has an extensive background in print reporting. She was born in Lakeland and often reports about Polk County.

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