Citrus is a Florida staple with growers producing several types of citrus, including oranges, grapefruit and specialty fruit including Temple oranges, tangerines and tangelos.
In Florida, there are nearly 577,000 acres of citrus groves and more than 75 million citrus trees. Most citrus is grown in the southern two-thirds of the Florida peninsula. Florida is second only to Brazil in global orange juice production and remains the world's leading producer of grapefruit. Florida produces 70 percent of the United States' supply of citrus. The total impact of citrus to Florida’s economy is approximately $9 billion a year. The citrus industry, directly and indirectly, generates roughly 76,000 full time and part time jobs.
Move It AND Lose It: Florida Citrus is at Risk
We need your help to prevent the spread of citrus diseases. You have heard the saying “move it or lose it.” Well, when it comes to citrus trees, we say “Move It AND Lose It.” When you move citrus trees, you risk losing America’s citrus altogether
5 Things You Need to Know
- Be Aware of Quarantines. The entire state of Florida is under quarantine for citrus greening disease and Asian citrus psyllid. Citrus trees, fruit or trimmings may not move into or out of Florida without a special permit. Not only are you risking spreading citrus diseases, but it's also against the law.
- Inspect Citrus Plants Regularly for Diseases and Insects. Check citrus plants for signs of citrus diseases. If you detect an infected plant, report it immediately.
- Keep Homegrown Citrus at Home. Help reduce the spread of citrus diseases by not moving your homegrown citrus fruit or plants from quarantine areas.
- Check the Citrus Plant Supplier. Be a savvy buyer. Buy citrus plants only from a reputable, licensed Florida nursery.
- Avoid Fines and Penalties. If you knowingly purchase citrus in violation of quarantine regulations and requirements, the penalties could range from $1,100 to $60,000 per violation. If you suspect citrus trees are being moved improperly, report it to your State Plant Health Director's office; you can find contact information online at www.aphis.usda.gov/StateOffices.
State Department of Agriculture
- Florida's Citrus Health Response Program hotline which is maintained by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: 1-800-282-5153