“It’s not a pretty picture,” says Florida Citrus Mutual CEO Mike Sparks. He describes the huge production losses and increased costs that HLB disease has created. “Right now our whole future revolves around research” and the need to plant 30 million new trees, Sparks says.
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Harold Browning, chief operations officer of the Citrus Research and Development Foundation, describes the role of the foundation in helping growers with HLB research and its application.
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Florida Department of Citrus Executive Director Shannon Shepp describes the message that her department is providing to consumers of Florida citrus products.
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