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Florida’s citrus production on track to be lowest since WWII

The Florida citrus industry continues to struggle as a producer the numbers are expected to decrease. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its Florida orange forecast by more than 7% since its March update, bringing its numbers to a pre-World War II low.

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Bradenton’s Mixon’s Fruit Farms has been producing and selling citrus fruits for over 80 years. But owner Dean Mixon says over the past 20 years, diseases like “citrus greening” have wiped out nearly 95 percent of the farm’s orange crop. He says citrus farmers across the state face the same problem.

“If they could find a cure, the real cure for greening might be to go back, but so far it’s gone that growers are forced to sell their property and get out of the business,” Mixon said.

Mixon’s continues to produce some citrus and has started planting bamboo, as well as using its property for weddings and events to try to make up for part of the loss of citrus sales.

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He originally published this story WFTS Wendi Lane Tampa Bay, Florida.



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