Visit this exhibit for free from September 29th, 2012 through January 2nd, 2013 at:
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida Cultural Plaza
3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
Citrus is a nine billion dollar industry for the state of Florida and is a global commodity. Today, citrus growers are using less water while increasing production. On average, citrus growers have reduced irrigation water by two million gallons annually. Growing citrus is sustainable through a partnership among researchers and citrus growers and by using technology-driven agricultural systems. The citrus industry employs over 75,000 Floridians and 80% of the orange juice consumed in the United States is from Florida. During the last decade, the industry has faced many challenges-new regulations, loss of acreage due to rapid urbanization, labor shortages and new diseases.