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Oranges in Fort Pierce, Florida (Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

USDA Predicts Drop In Citrus Production This Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is predicting a drop in citrus production for this year.

04/09/2015

FORT PIERCE, FL - MAY 13:  Tangerines are seen in a bin as the citrus industry tries to find a cure for the disease "citrus greening" that is caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect, that carries the bacterium, "citrus greening" or huanglongbing, from tree to tree on May 13, 2013 in Fort Pierce, Florida. There is no known cure for the disease that forms when the insect deposits the bacterium on citrus trees causing the leaves on the tree to turn yellow the roots to decay and bitter fruits fall off the dying branches prematurely. Steps continue to be taken to try and combat the disease but none have stopped the attack on the citrus business as it spreads from Florida to other citrus producing states.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

House Proposes $17.9 Million To Combat Citrus Disease

The fight against a disease infecting Florida’s oranges would get a hefty boost from a House spending proposal.

03/18/2015

FORT PIERCE, FL - MAY 13:  Tangerines are seen in a bin as the citrus industry tries to find a cure for the disease "citrus greening" that is caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect, that carries the bacterium, "citrus greening" or huanglongbing, from tree to tree on May 13, 2013 in Fort Pierce, Florida. There is no known cure for the disease that forms when the insect deposits the bacterium on citrus trees causing the leaves on the tree to turn yellow the roots to decay and bitter fruits fall off the dying branches prematurely. Steps continue to be taken to try and combat the disease but none have stopped the attack on the citrus business as it spreads from Florida to other citrus producing states.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Disease Continues To Squeeze Florida Orange Forecast

Already forecast to be lower than last year’s yield, citrus greening has dropped this season’s orange production prediction even further.

03/10/2015

FORT PIERCE, FL - MAY 13:  Tangerines are seen in a bin as the citrus industry tries to find a cure for the disease "citrus greening" that is caused by the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect, that carries the bacterium, "citrus greening" or huanglongbing, from tree to tree on May 13, 2013 in Fort Pierce, Florida. There is no known cure for the disease that forms when the insect deposits the bacterium on citrus trees causing the leaves on the tree to turn yellow the roots to decay and bitter fruits fall off the dying branches prematurely. Steps continue to be taken to try and combat the disease but none have stopped the attack on the citrus business as it spreads from Florida to other citrus producing states.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

USDA Plans To Spend $30 Million On Fighting Citrus Disease

In an effort to fight back a disease that has decimated the Sunshine State’s most famous crops, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that it plans to spend $30 million fighting citrus greening.

02/09/2015

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Food Company Recalls Meat Sent To Florida

A food company is recalling more than 850 pounds of beef and chicken that were distributed in Florida.

01/17/2015

Grasslands In California (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation Projects

Projects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.

01/14/2015

November 4, 2014: A voter holds a sign outside of a polling location in Miami-Dade County. (Source: CBS4)

Republicans Sweep Florida Cabinet Races

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam all easily defeated their Democratic opponents Tuesday, positioning them for possible runs for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2018.

11/04/2014

Oranges in Fort Pierce, Florida (Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

USDA Predicts Bigger Florida Orange Crop

Even in the wake of the citrus greening epidemic, Federal agriculture officials are predicting an increase in Florida oranges for the upcoming growing season.

10/11/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Program Will Feed Hungry Kids During Summer Vacation

As the school year ends, classrooms and playgrounds will empty for the summer — but that will leave many Florida children hungry because they rely on free and reduced-cost school meals for breakfast and lunch.

06/03/2014

Oranges in Fort Pierce, Florida (Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida’s Orange Production Declining

Florida’s Orange crop this year is looking to be the lowest harvest in 24 years.

04/09/2014

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