Florida Citrus Trees And Coastal Waters At Risk

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
June 3, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The sunshine state's coastal waters and the citrus industry are at risk.

"Rebuild once we find whatever the answer is," said Commissioner Adam Putnam from Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam held a presser Monday morning to talk about state-wide topics effecting the states resources.

Resources like the Apalachicola Bay.

"It's worth talking about because people's livelihoods are involved," said Jim Hruska, a Tallahassee resident.

Fishermen and Oystermen still struggling to find work.
Commissioner Putnam keeps pushing this through the legislature to help restore the bay's waters.

"We need to be as aggressive as we can possibly be in every venue congressional venue, legal venue, court system," said Putnam.

Putnam also says the state has to get a handle on the serious agriculture threat of citrus greening. it effects nearly 50 percent of citrus trees in Florida-- killing them.

"An existential threat to the industry," said Putnam. "There is no known cure or treatment."

"It's a very important part of Florida and of our agriculture and you know keeping this afloat," said Paige Pompa, a Tallahassee resident.

Putman says he and his team will keep researching ways to find a cure.

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