Florida's Citrus Acres Getting Squeezed

by CBS NEWS

According to CBS News, as they prepare for the 2022-2023 season, Florida citrus growers are using 32,046 fewer acres than during the past season and about half of what was used two decades ago, according to a federal report. With the industry coming off perhaps its least-productive season in eight decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that 375,302 acres are being used for citrus production in Florida, down 8 percent from last year and 53 percent from what growers used in the 2001-2002 season. Along with development pressures from Florida's growing population, the industry has struggled for years with a bacterial disease known as citrus greening.


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