The Jan. 11 citrus crop forecast has been postponed due to the federal government shutdown, reports Bill Curtis, agricultural statistics administrator for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Fruit and Vegetables.
“Our office is currently closed, and we do not have access to any USDA information,” says Curtis. “Mark Hudson’s (Florida state statistician) federal phone has temporarily been turned off. If you have any questions, I can be reached on my state cell phone (321-370-0199) or state email (William.Curtis@FreshFromFlorida.com).”
It is unknown at this time if the January forecast will be rescheduled or cancelled. The next citrus crop forecast of the 2018-19 season is scheduled for Feb. 8, but whether that occurs will depend on how long the government shutdown continues.
The most recent citrus crop forecast report, released on Dec. 11, can be viewed here.
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