Citrus Research and Education Center Director Michael Rogers discusses a recent Florida visit by some U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administrators who make the decisions on how millions of dollars in farm bill citrus research money are allocated. He explains that the visit was very valuable for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) officials because they got to learn what research growers need, and what research is already being conducted.
Rogers, who works for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), said the officials’ Florida visit took place during the second week of June. The officials attended Florida Citrus Mutual’s Annual Citrus Industry Conference, visited citrus operations and toured UF/IFAS research facilities.
According to Rogers, the officials were able to witness firsthand that the citrus situation in Florida is not all gloom and doom. They had the opportunity to see grower successes as well as advances that UF/IFAS researchers have made in HLB management.
Rogers’ comments about the USDA NIFA administrators’ visit is part of the latest All In For Citrus Podcast. The podcast is a joint effort of UF/IFAS and Southeast AgNet.
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