Highlights from the Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference

Josh McGillEvents, Florida Citrus Mutual

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AgNet Media Editor-in-Chief Frank Giles (left) presented Florida Grower magazine’s Citrus Achievement Award to Glenn Beck (center), who was congratulated by Matt Joyner (right), Florida Citrus Mutual executive director.

Florida Citrus Mutual provided a summary of its Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference held in June:

After a year full of challenges, the 2023 Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference once again offered an opportunity for more than 500 growers, allied members, family and friends to come together and focus on the highlights of the year and the promise of better days to come.

Florida Citrus Mutual kicked off the conference with its 75th annual meeting, providing a recap of the past year’s successes as well as a look ahead at next season. The newly elected board of directors was officially installed, and Polk County grower Kyle Story was elected to serve as president for the 2023–25 seasons, as Glenn Beck wrapped up his two years of service.

The Florida Citrus Commission and the Citrus Research and Development Foundation board held meetings during the conference to provide updates on their work to the more than 50 growers and guests in attendance at each event.

The educational session featured promising new research on oxytetracycline and other potential treatments for greening, updates on the development of CRISPR and consumers’ perceptions related to the technology, and the rollout of the CRAFT (Citrus Research and Field Trial) public dashboard.

Grower Glenn Beck was honored with the Citrus Achievement Award, presented by Florida Grower magazine. Senate Majority Leader Ben Albritton shared the work being done in Tallahassee. Florida Citrus Mutual celebrated 75 years of service to the Florida citrus grower during the industry banquet.

The next Florida Citrus Industry Annual Conference will again be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. Mark your calendar for June 12–14, 2024.

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