The Florida Citrus Commission (FCC) on Aug. 24 approved agreements with 25 nurseries for the Program for Expedited Propagation of HLB Tolerant and Resistant Trees.
The nurseries are:
- Agromillora Florida Inc.
- Ben Hill Griffin Inc.
- Blue Heron Nurseries LLC
- Brewer Citrus LLC
- Brite Leaf Citrus Nursery LLC
- Citrific Holdings Inc.
- CitriSun Nurseries LLC
- Cutrale Farms Inc.
- Dilley Citrus Nursery Inc.
- Fiddlers Ridge Farms Inc.
- Flood Groves Corp.
- Himrod Citrus Nursery Inc.
- Alico Inc. dba Joshua Citrus Nursery
- K & C Farmers Citrus Nursery Inc.
- Petteway Growers Nursery
- Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery Inc.
- Propagation Unlimited Inc.
- John Desrosiers
- Reclamation Trees LP
- Sawmill Citrus Nursery LLC
- Southern Citrus Nurseries LLC
- Southridge Citrus Nursery Inc.
- W.E. Green & Sons Inc.
- W.W. Citrus Nursery Inc.
- Ward’s Nursery Inc.
In other FCC business, Garrett Pearn, inspector general, reported the State of Florida Auditor General’s Office completed an operational audit of the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC). The audit focused primarily on procurement-related controls including those to detect and prevent fraudulent activities. There were no findings in the audit.
Pearn also conducted an audit for the solicitation and selection process of the nurseries for the Program for Expedited Propagation as well as an audit on all department cell phones from July 2021 through June 2022. There were no findings for either audit.
OJ MARKETING UPDATE
Also at the FCC meeting, FDOC Economic and Market Research Director Marissa Zansler provided an update on domestic orange juice (OJ) marketing. The strategic approach is to drive awareness of health and nutrition benefits of Florida OJ as well as drive sales of Florida OJ to key audiences. The Domestic OJ Marketing Campaign has driven nearly $3.9 million in attributed sales. Zansler also reported that both Nielsen retail sales and Florida processors’ OJ movement for the season are above 2019 levels.
Source: Florida Department of Citrus
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