TALLAHASSEE, FL, Ga. (WTXL)--After the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide financial assistance to thousands of citrus growers across Florida who have lost trees to citrus greening, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam released this statement:
“I appreciate the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s support for Florida growers and our entire citrus industry, which contributes $9 billion to our economy and supports 75,000 jobs. Citrus greening is responsible for the loss of millions of trees across the state and the smallest citrus harvest in decades this year. This program will provide a boost to an industry that is on the brink as we work together to save iconic Florida citrus.”
According to the U.S.D.A, Florida citrus growers will be eligible for up to 50 percent of the cost of the removal of diseased trees and site preparation, 65 percent of the cost of replanting and labor, and 65 percent of the cost of seedlings. An estimated 4,500 growers could be eligible for the program.