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Bartow, Fla – In the December USDA forecast of the 2023 – 2024 citrus season, the USDA projected production at 20.5 million boxes of Florida Oranges, 2.4 million boxes of Florida Grapefruit, and 550,000 boxes of Florida Tangerines.

“Today’s Citrus Crop Forecast is yet another indicator that a more integrated and innovative approach to combatting citrus greening as an industry is having an impact. While there are still challenges ahead, these forecasts are a foundation for optimism that we now feel across the communities that make up Florida’s iconic citrus industry. The Florida Department of Citrus will continue to focus on the recovery of the industry by supporting the expansion of new technologies, tools, and methods for growers to utilize in groves throughout the state,” said Shannon Shepp, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “The passion, dedication, and coordinated efforts of our growers and researchers remain the driving force for securing a brighter economic future for Florida Citrus in the Sunshine State.”

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 $6.762 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.