Hall of Famer Kahn: HLB Will Be Overcome

Ernie NeffHLB Management


Marvin Kahn receives congratulations at the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame ceremony.

Sebring grower and grove manager Marvin Kahn, one of two inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame on March 9, says the industry will survive greening disease, or HLB.

“I’m sure that we’ve got a real handicap now with this greening disease,” Kahn says. And no doubt we could have other diseases even following it. But with a real concerted effort by all growers using their minds and innovations to find better ways to do things, we’ll overcome this, I’m sure. In fact, improvements are being made now. It’s nothing to get too excited about, but we are making progress on learning how to live with this. And we trust the research people will some day find a cure.”


Marvin Kahn (left) and Gene Albrigo unveil the leaves that bear their names on the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame tree.

Kahn also recognizes his parents for immigrating from Europe to Sebring, then buying an orange grove in 1933, the same year Kahn was born.

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researcher Gene Albrigo was also inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. Ceremonies were held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland.


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Ernie Neff

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