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Bartow, Fla – “The Florida citrus industry is constantly evolving, dating back to its inception. Despite the historic challenges growers are currently facing, that reality remains firm, and their perseverance has shone through,” said Shannon Shepp, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “Florida Citrus provides critical economic support for all communities in our state, and consumers continue to seek the Original Wellness Drink around the world. Between the cutting-edge technologies being deployed in nurseries and groves across the state and the passion and hard work citrus growers are known for, there is no doubt that Florida Citrus is here to stay for generations to come.”

About the Florida Department of Citrus 

The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research, and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs more than 33,000 people, provides an annual economic impact of $6.935 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads, and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, visit FloridaCitrus.org/newsroom.