Perdue to Appear at Citrus Industry Event

Daniel CooperCitrus, Citrus Expo

citrus industryAmid continuing struggles in Florida’s citrus industry, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will appear Wednesday at the Citrus Expo in Fort Myers. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., are expected to join Perdue, according to Putnam’s office and the Citrus Expo website. Perdue’s visit comes as the industry continues to deal with deadly citrus greening disease, which played a large role in the 2016-2017 orange crop is the lowest in decades. “Citrus Expo will provide Perdue and Rooney with a firsthand look at the challenges faced by the U.S. citrus industry, as well as the growers and industry leaders working to rise above those challenges,” a blog post on the Citrus Expo website said.Tom

from News Service of Florida