Florida's Citrus Farmers Concerned for their Industry
by W. News
Florida is the citrus state, but citrus farmers are struggling. Some are selling their land because they don’t have enough money to maintain it.
Increased input costs are a big problem, but right now, a bacteria called citrus greening disease is one of the most significant issues facing citrus farmers. The cost of fertilizer, pesticides and chemicals has also increased, and production for these farmers is low.
Farmers are losing money, and they’re losing a significant amount. Not only are they trying to save their trees from citrus greening disease, an illness that has no cure, but five years later, they’re still trying to recover from Hurricane Irma’s destruction on Southwest Florida’s crops.
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