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Florida's Land Grant University

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.

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View the Smithsonian Folklife Festival site for more about the exhibit

Growing Citrus: Innovation in Action

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.

  1. Florida Orange Juice: From the Grove to Your Glass (YouTube)
  2. The Florida Citrus Industry (YouTube)

UF in Action

  • Work with industry to reduce agricultural water use (e.g. low volume spray applications)
  • Combat agriculture pests and disease
  • Extension programs for commercial growers and Florida residents statewide
  • Best Management Practice (BMP) program personnel assists growers statewide

You Can Help!

  • Drink Florida orange juice and eat fresh citrus fruit-it's good for your health!
  • Don't overwater or over fertilize your dooryard citrus trees
  • If applying chemicals, the label is the law!
  • Don't transport citrus fruit or plant material outside of Florida
  • Clean yard tools after using on citrus trees
  • Remove diseased trees
  • Remember, growing a citrus tree is an investment!

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