Citrus industry flowers in Georgia as winters get warmer

Sep 5, 2023
Citrus, a relatively new crop for the state, is taking root thanks to the combined forces of climate change, crop science and disease in Florida.
Jake Price, a scientist at the University of Georgia, walks among citrus trees he’s growing as part of an experiment to find varieties that can withstand cold weather.
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A citrus farm is still dealing with lasting damage from Hurricane Irma

Sep 14, 2018
The storm was the fifth costliest in U.S. history, damaging orange trees in Lake Placid, Florida.
Hurricanes are added stress on citrus farmers in Florida who already battle greening, a disease that effects their trees and causes bitter fruits to fall off of them prematurely.
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Florida's citrus industry is still suffering from Hurricane Irma

Nov 27, 2017
The state's congressional delegation is pushing for dedicated funding to help growers, whose losses are estimated at $760 million.
Thousands of trees were uprooted by Hurricane Irma in Everglades Harvesting's 500-acre orange grove near Naples. The trees are being dumped on burn piles to make room for costly replanting. This year's crop is mostly a loss, says Paul Meador, a fourth-generation citrus grower.
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