With a $10 billion a year industry at stake, last week’s Florida Citrus Show couldn’t have come at a better time. Last month’s USDA crop forecast is predicting a historically low output for oranges, and the next forecast (likely to drop the crop even further) is coming down the pike fast. The alarm has been sounded, and the sense of urgency among attendees couldn’t be missed.
Nearly 800 participants were provided the chance to circle the wagons and come away with new strategies as well as a refreshed sense of optimism over the course of the two-day gathering presented by Florida Grower, UF/IFAS, and the Indian River Citrus League at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Ft. Pierce.
While the tradeshow area (which boasted its own record number of exhibitors) was bustling, the educational sessionroom remained packed from start to finish, showing the importance of topics being discussed. Covering a range of information that included management strategies, insect control, living with HLB, and promising treatments to reduce or eliminate HLB symptoms, a few sessions stood out as highlights.