Florida Citrus Mutual is happy about Florida’s 2014 legislative session, where several citrus industry legislative priorities were realized.
The appropriations include:
- Citrus Research and Development Foundation – $3.5 million non-recurring research
- Southwest Florida Research and Education Center – $2 million non-recurring
- FDACS’ germplasm facility – $2 million non-recurring
- Citrus Health Management Area (CHMA) support – $500,000 non-recurring; supplements a $7.7 million federal grant.
- New Varieties Development Corp. – $500,000 non-recurring research
- Florida Department of Citrus, Economic and Market Research – $500,000 non-recurring
“The Florida citrus industry has some great supporters in the Florida Legislature and we certainly appreciate the fact they understand our complex issues and the need for the state to invest in our $9 billion industry,” said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. “We are looking forward to working with the governor to finalize these priorities.”
The Florida citrus industry creates a $9 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 76,000 people, and covering about 525,000 acres.
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