Grove Owners Have A Lot to Mull Over When Considering Citrus Resets

Florida citrus growers are facing many challenges with HLB

There are also many potentially viable options when looking at whether to plant new citrus trees or reset groves

It has been more than 20 years since HLB started impacting citrus farming in Florida. With the studies and experiments already being done on the disease and more money likely coming from the 2018 Farm Bill, there is still hope the state known for orange juice will remain that way. In my recent column in Central Florida Ag News, I presented some possible solutions for agribusinesses considering citrus resets or full grove replants. Let’s delve a little deeper on this topic.

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June Events Preview: FCA Annual Convention and the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference

June signals the official start of summer, and it also features the annual meetings of two of Florida’s largest commodities: The Florida Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention and the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference. Such conventions, conferences and meetings offer industry participants the opportunity to learn, set policy, network and more. No doubt, attendees to the annual meetings of both important industries in Florida agriculture will have a lot to see, do and discuss.Read More

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Florida Peaches May become Part of Fresh From Florida Marketing Campaign

Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) introduced the Fresh From Florida campaign a few years ago to promote Florida-grown products. The program has been a hit, and it’s set to expand; Florida’s up-and-coming peaches just may be one of the newest items to get the star treatment, according to Darica Smith, the division’s director of marketing, in an article published in The Packer.

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Citrus Grove Conversion Possibilities— Should You Make the Switch?

There’s no denying that the current state of the citrus industry in Florida is concerning. Ten years of citrus greening due to the HLB bacteria have whittled citrus yields down year after year and now the most recent USDA forecasts put the2015-2016 citrus crop at 50 percent of the crop yield from a decade ago.  However, the many producers in the citrus industry have decided to weather the storm until a cure or viable treatment is found, refusing to lose hope in the industry.

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Attendees Learned about the AgAmerica Citrus Grove Conversion Program at the Citrus Show

The Sunshine State has always been about citrus, and with the dark cloud of HLB— citrus greening— hanging over the industry for the last 10 years, it will surely be a main topic of conversations and presentations alike at the 2016 Florida Citrus Show. Held on January 27th through the 28th in Fort Pierce, Florida, the show narrowly focused on citrus greening and other issues affecting the citrus industry.

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To Reset or Not to Reset?— That is the Question

Our Relationship Manager, Don Harden, was recently a guest columnist in Central Florida Ag News magazine, January 2016 edition.  Read his full column here:

With the USDA’s most recent Florida Orange Crop Estimate at a troubling 69 million, there’s no doubt that Florida citrus growers face some tough questions. As a result of citrus greening (or HLB), the industry’s harvest has reduced more than 50 percent over the past decade. Any way you slice it, that’s a big cut, and for some growers, that cut goes so deep that it’s time to ask whether resetting trees is worth the investment or not.

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Facing the Threat of Greening

Our VP of Fund Management, Mac Miller, was recently a guest columnist in Central Florida Ag News magazine, July 2015 edition.  Read his full column here:

It’s rare today to read an article or column about Florida citrus without seeing a reference to citrus greening (Huanglongbing, or HLB), the tree disease that has seriously compromised citrus production all across the state since it was first found in Florida, near Homestead, in August 2005.

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Citrus Industry Receives New Funds to Fight Citrus Greening!

The citrus industry is a huge money-generating, job-creating industry.

The Florida citrus industry alone generates a $9 billion annual economic impact and employs nearly 76,000 people. So, huge is an understatement.

Given its impact, it’s no wonder why the industry is in a state of panic over the on-going citrus greening epidemic – a devastating citrus disease that continues to expand without the promise of a cure. This disease significantly threatens the industry and the thousands of jobs that rely on it. What’s more, it also has the potential to impact consumers, as it could hike up fruit and juice prices if proper action isn’t taken.

As this fast-growing disease continues to wreak havoc on the industry at large, and potentially consumers, funding is becoming more and more essential, as it supports research, management, and monitoring strategies, among other things.

That’s why the recent announcement of funds specifically intended to combat the disease comes as a major relief to the industry. Over $1.5 million in funding is now set aside to better Florida, Texas, and California’s ability to manage populations of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) — the pest that is responsible for infecting citrus trees — on a greater scale. Urban locations where citrus trees grow in yards and organic orchards will also be covered by this special funding.

To further aid the citrus greening battle, three new members were recently appointed to serve on the citrus disease subcommittee, which advises the Secretary of Agriculture on citrus research, extension, and development priorities; consults and collaborates with the USDA; and offers recommendations for citrus disease research and extension strategies.

All good, promising news for the industry!

Need additional funding to support your citrus operation? AgAmerica is proud to be the only ag lending company in the Southeast authorized to offer AgAmerica Conventional Real Estate Loans. Interest rates for these loans often beat all other agriculture loan programs and cover all facets of farming, including citrus operations. When it’s time to plant your next row crop or expand your citrus groves, these ag loans are an excellent choice.

 

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