On July 1, the Florida Citrus Commission will have additional members. A bill passed by the Florida Legislature in March revises the structure of the commission from three to six grower districts, with one grower member from each region.
New requirements also call for at least one grower on the commission to have more than 5,000 acres. Growers can now also either live or grow citrus in the districts they represent. Additionally, three commission members must be statewide processer members, and one must be a packer member from the Indian River district. In total, this will bring the number of commissioners to 11, up from the current nine.
While the changes will take place immediately in the new fiscal year, no impact is expected on current commissioners. Any new commissioners will have to be appointed by Florida’s governor.
Read the Citrus Industry article from earlier this year that previewed the legislation that increased the size of the FCC, among other things.
The Florida Citrus Commission serves as the governing body for the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), which promotes the Florida citrus industry and has some regulatory authority over it.
Source: Florida Department of Citrus
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