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Florida Citrus Commission Changes Enacted

Jim Rogers Florida Citrus Commission, Legislative

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed legislation that modifies the makeup of the Florida Citrus Commission. The legislation expanded the commission’s size, added new citrus districts and created new requirements for membership. The number of citrus districts in the state is expanded from three to six, and the commission membership is increased from nine to 11. Due to the expansion of …

Highlights From Highlands Citrus Growers Meeting

Jim Rogers Citrus, Florida

Growers and industry stakeholders recently gathered in Sebring, Florida, to celebrate the 32nd annual meeting of the Highlands County Citrus Growers Association (HCCGA). LEADERS ELECTEDNew HCCGA officers and directors were elected. Officers for the 2022 board of directors include: Emma Ezell, president  Hank Crutchfield, vice president Charlie Wilson, treasurer Aaron Nelson, secretary New board members are Joe Collins, Billy Barben, …

Florida Citrus Growers Say Freeze Damage Still Unfolding

Tacy Callies freeze

With more than two weeks past since the late January freeze in Florida, citrus growers are still assessing the fallout. Some key production regions saw the coldest temperatures in years. With HLB endemic, there’s a lot of unknowns how trees will react to the stress the cold temperatures induced. However, some growers didn’t have to wait to see damage to …

Freeze Damage Update for Florida Citrus

Jim Rogers Citrus, Florida, Fruit Drop, Weather

Cold temperatures the mornings of Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 did more citrus damage than an initial report indicated, Highlands County Citrus Growers Association Executive Director Ray Royce said. Royce issued the following update on Feb. 1: “The coldest weather in at least four to five years has left much more damage behind in parts of the South-Central Florida region …

Georgia and Florida Citrus Avoid Major Freeze Damage

Jim Rogers Florida, Georgia, Weather

The Georgia and Florida citrus industries reportedly came through the Sunday morning freeze with no significant widespread damage. In Florida, temperatures in the 20s were the coldest most groves had experienced in several years. “Everything looks good,” said Lindy Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association. “We got some burn on the top of trees, but very little.” Most of …

Ezell to Lead Highlands Citrus Growers

Jim Rogers Industry News Release

Emma Reynolds Ezell will become president of the Highlands County Citrus Growers Association (HCCGA) board of directors during the association’s March 3 annual meeting. Ezell previously served as president in 2015 and has been on the association’s board of directors since 2014. She is involved in both her own and her family’s citrus growing, caretaking and harvesting business. Ezell is …