Florida Citrus Organizations

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1.This document is ENY-801, one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. First published: March 1993. Revised: March 1994, May 1995, and February 1997. P lease visit the FAIRS Website at http://hammock.ifas.ufl.edu .The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer authorized to provide resea rch, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function wit hout regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For information on obtaining other extension publications, contact your county Cooperative Extension Servi ce office. Florida Cooperative Extension Service / Institute of F ood and Agricultural Sciences / University of Florida / Christine Taylor Waddill, Dean.2.Thomas R. Fasulo, Associate in Entomology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Cooper ative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611.ENY-801Florida Citrus Organizations1Thomas R. Fasulo2Private Citrus OrganizationsFlorida Citrus Mutual P. O. Box 89 Lakeland, FL 33802 941 682-1111 Florida Citrus Mutual, representing well over 10,000 grower members, was formed in 1948. This trade association assists citrus growers with all of the problems related to producing and marketing their crops at price levels that return a reasonable profit. At one time Mutual was primarily an information center for the growers, providing daily information on prices and market conditions. That is still a vital function, along with analysis of statistical data that keeps growers informed of production and marketing activity within the industry. Mutual has also emphasized the representation of grower interests before governmental bodies and agencies, as well as with other industry organizations. Mutual's operating funds are derived from a per-box assessment on the fruit its members produce and market commercially. Florida Citrus Nurserymen's Association P.O. Box 5127 Immokalee, FL 34143 941 657-5221 This association was formed and incorporated in 1958 with a fivefold purpose: 1) Promote the agricultural interests of the State of Florida, especially those of the citrus nurserymen. 2) Encourage and facilitate the economical, orderly and efficient production, distribution and sale of citrus nursery stock and related products. 3) Serve as an agency through which citrus nurserymen may voice their interests and requests for services offered by public agricultural agencies. 4) Represent citrus nurserymen in legislative matters of particular interest and concern. 5) Establish a code of ethical practices to guide citrus nurserymen in their business. Florida Citrus Packers P.O. Box 1113 Lakeland, FL 33802 941 682-0151 Florida Citrus Packers is the recognized official voice of the fresh citrus industry in this state. It is a non-profit cooperative association, chartered in 1960, operating on a per-box assessment on all fresh citrus shipments from member companies.


Florida Citrus Or g anizations Pa g e 2October 1998Membership in the organization is voluntary. However, the collective fresh citrus shipments of itsP. O. Box 147030 member companies represent approximately 90% of theGainesville, FL 32614-7030 volume of all fresh shipments from Florida on an annual352 378-8100 basis. The organization endeavors to solve the problems itsfamilies who have united into an independent, members encounter and to secure cooperation betweennon-governmental, non-profit organization in seeking a producers and shippers, in the marketing of fresh citrus.better economic climate for agriculture. Florida Citrus Processors AssociationFlorida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association P.O. Box 780P. O. Box 9326 Winter Haven, FL 33882Winter Haven, FL 33883-9326 941 293-4171941 293-4827 This is a voluntary trade association whichOrganized as a non-profit corporation in 1932, this represents all of the citrus processors in Florida.association has as members fertilizer, agricultural Members of FCPA utilize more than 85% of the totallimestone, and pesticide manufacturers who are citrus produced in the state.conducting business in Florida. FCPA represents its members legislatively and through liaison with other industry organizations. ItsP. O. Box 140155 various committees consider matters of mutual interestOrlando, FL 32814 to the industry, such as quality improvement. It is407 894-1351 probably best known for the statistical information it provides, which is widely used throughout the industry.This group is organized to assist growers with some Florida Citrus Production Managers Association P.O. Box 985transportation. Lake Placid, FL 33862-0985 941-465-4455 Organized in 1937, the membership of thisOrlando, FL 32808-7645 association is composed of professional citrus407 295-1491 production managers. The association encourages group and individual efforts to benefit the citrus industry. This association coordinates the functions of the While open to production managers by invitation only,state's citrus gift fruit shippers. It also represents this the membership typically represents more than half ofvery specialized industry in the fields of advertising, the citrus acreage in Florida.legislation, transportation and information. This Florida Citrus Showcase P.O. Box 2008 Auburndale, FL 33823-2008 941 293-3175 The Showcase serves as a promotional arm of the citrus industry. The Florida Citrus Festival is the Showcase's primary source of income, with citrus in the starring role. Florida Farm Bureau Federation The Federation takes in thousands of farm and ranch Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association of the harsh problems of the day including prices, containers, supplies, manpower, labor regulations, and Florida Gift Fruit Shippers Association 521 N. Kirkman Road association was organized in 1946, and has largely concerned itself with improving the means of transportation necessary to get gift packages of citrus fruit to consumer residences in good condition. Florida Irrigation Society 1850 Lee Road, Suite 230 Winter Park, FL 32789-1627 407 740-5296 This society is a non-profit organization whose basic purpose and principal objective is the promotion of sound irrigation practices.


Florida Citrus Or g anizations Pa g e 3October 1998The society tries to accomplish these goals by the members of the association that efforts to accomplish promoting the development, design, use and acceptancethis purpose are most efficient when done with the joint of irrigation equipment; promoting soil and water cooperation of county growers. The association also conservation; and collecting and disseminating seeks to enhance the horticultural and marketing information about irrigation. knowledge of all citrus growers within the county. Members include firms, corporations or individuals who are active in promoting the irrigation industry in P. O. Box 519 Florida. Vero Beach, FL 32961 Florida State Horticultural Society P.O. Box 2247 The League was established in 1931 for the express Goldenrod, FL 32733 purpose of protecting and enhancing the term, "Indian 407 673-7595 River" when used to identify the origin of citrus fruit. It One of the oldest organizations of its kind, theWest Palm Beach to Daytona and covering parts of six Society was founded in 1888. It has made a significantcounties. contribution to Florida horticulture, by serving as a forum for all segments of the industry to discuss The League represents almost 2000 citrus growers, problems and projects. and is financed by a per-box contribution from grower The Society emphasizes a citrus section devoted toshipments. all aspects of citrus production and grove care. A handling and processing section strives for better The League has branched out from the original basic understanding of techniques. The Krome Memorialfunction of protecting the "master brand" and now Institute provides an open forum for growers, represents the area's growers at Florida legislative processors, research workers, and others to discusssessions. It sponsors an annual citrus seminar which problems related to the production of tropical and gives expert views on the problems facing the citrus subtropical fruits. industry. In addition, the League supplies a day-by-day Gulf Citrus Growers Association P. O. Box 1319 organizations. LaBelle, FL 33975 941 675-2180 The primary purpose of this association is to Arcadia, FL 34266 represent growers in the five southwestern counties 941 494-0061 ofHendry, Collier, Lee, Glades, and Charlotte. The five-county area is Florida's fastest growing citrus The primary purpose of this association is to production area. This association is implementing arepresent commercial citrus growers in the counties of unified program of marketing, governmental, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee and Sarasota. It also works to environmental, and media relations, and other programskeep growers informed of all that impacts the industry to enhance the economic well-being of the areas's citrusand serves as a conduit of relevant information. industry. Highlands County Citrus Growers Association 6419 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 941 385-8091 The primary purpose of this association is to protect and enhance the viability and profitability of commercial citrus groves in highlands county. It is the consensus of Indian River Citrus League 561 562-2728 represents citrus interests in the district stretching from members on all certified fresh "Indian River" fruit report on conditions to the packinghouses and represents growers at all meetings of industry groups and Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association 13 E Oak St, Suite G


Florida Citrus Or g anizations Pa g e 4October 1998the cooperation of food trade, food-service, andFlorida Department of CitrusFlorida Department of Citrus 1115 East Memorial Blvd. P.O. Box 148 Lakeland, FL 33802-0148The University of Florida's Institute of Food and 941 499-2500Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has faculty with citrus This is a state agency governed by a board ofand researchers) located throughout the citrus-growing directors called The Florida Citrus Commission, whosearea. Initial assistance for citrus growers, dooryard and members are appointed by the governor of Florida.commercial, is offered through the county extension The Florida Citrus Commission, which wasthrough several research centers. established by the Florida Legislature in 1935, is charged with the police power to protect health and welfare and to stabilize and protect the citrus industry of the state. The Commission is authorized to establish and or amend any and all rules that pertain to regulation of the industry and its products. In addition, the Commission oversees the administration of a multi-million dollar advertising and promotional program. The standardization of the citrus industry through Commission regulations not only benefits the producer, packer, and processor, but provides the wholesaler, retailer, and ultimate consumer with a guarantee of the finest quality and condition available. The commitment of the Florida Department of Citrus is to administer those regulations affecting the Florida citrus industry and to assist all segments of the industry in the profitable marketing of its fruits and products. The industry is provided assistance through commodity advertising, merchandising, and marketing programs, food publicity and food service programs, and international marketing. These functions are conducted by a knowledgeable staff with considerable background in these activities. The industry also benefits from the findings of scientific, market, and economic research and from the application of the results of those findings to programs that improve the image of Florida citrus and increase consumer demand for Florida citrus products. Most of the scientific research is conducted at the University of Florida's Citrus Research and Education Center at Lake Alfred, where all projects are coordinated with the center director. Especially helpful in promoting Florida citrus is the departmental field staff of merchandising representatives who orchestrate a steady stream of programs that invite nutritionist groups alike.University of Floridaresponsibilities (extension agents, extension specialists, offices (Table 1). Additional support is providedUF/IFAS Research CentersCitrus Research and Education Center 700 Experiment Station Road Lake Alfred, FL 33850 941 956-1151 Many of the citricultural practices currently used in Florida were developed as a result of research conducted at the Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, an off-campus facility of UF/IFAS. The center, located approximately midway between Tampa and Orlando, began operations in 1921 under the name "Citrus Experiment Station." Presently, there are over 40 research and extension specialist faculty members stationed at Lake Alfred. The scope and intensity of work are indicated by the number of faculty affiliated with the various University Departments: Environmental Horticulture, Food Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology/Nematology, Agricultural Engineering, Soil Science and the Food & Resource Economics Department. A contingent from the Scientific Research Division of the State of Florida, Department of Citrus is assigned to the Center. They hold adjunct appointments with the appropriate Departments of the University. Their research is primarily concerned with fruit handling through the processing and by-products areas. At the present time, the CREC is the largest research unit for citrus in the world and encompasses all phases of citrus research.


Florida Citrus Or g anizations Pa g e 5October 1998Indian River Research & Education Center 2199 S Rock Roadproduction, pest management, plant nutrition, irrigation, Ft. Pierce, FL 34945-3138biotechnology and production technology for a variety 561 468-3922of tropical and subtropical crops and temperate annual This facility is a branch station in the Experimentresearch is conducted, limes being the only citrus of the Station system of UF/IFAS, and is located on about 700humid subtropical area. acres of typical flatwood land just west of Ft. Pierce. Its research mission is to do the studies necessary to advance agriculture in the flatwoods, high water tableP.O. Box 5127 terrain found on the East Coast and other parts of theImmokalee, Florida 34143-5002 Florida peninsula. Traditionally, the Indian River REC941 657-5221 has worked with citrus, vegetables, and pasture plants. In 1970 a sophisticated citrus drainage, nutritionalCenter (SWFREC) in Immokalee supports a citrus and rootstock experiment on 22.5 carefully preparedhorticulture program that serves the extension and acres was developed at Ft. Pierce. This experiment wasapplied research needs for 160,000 acres of commercial called S.W.A.P. Soil, Water, Air, Plant relationships-plantings in the southwest Florida Gulf Coast region. and was funded and staffed jointly by the U.S.D.A. and the University of Florida.Statewide leadership is provided in program areas As citrus production in Florida continues to movesources for establishing young trees, environmentally south an increasing percentage of the growing areas issound cover crops for row middles in bedded flatwoods being located on shallow soils. Much of the informationgroves, and general cultural practices during tree needed for proper care of groves in such soil isestablishment. A 20-acre budwood foundation planting, generated at the Indian River REC.maintained in cooperation with the Florida Department Tropical Research and Education Center 18905 S.W. 280 Streetpropagation of new trees by nurseries throughout the Homestead, Florida 33031state. 305 246-6340 The Homestead Tropical Research and Educationpublications and magazine articles, extension short Center (TREC) was established in 1930, with thecourses and field days, and college credit courses. The donation of 40 acres of pineland. The facility wasMulti-County Citrus Agent for Southwest Florida is also initially named the Subtropical Experiment Station. Itslocated at the SWFREC. primary mission was to conduct research on problems relating to the production of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals grown on the calcareous soils of subtropical Florida, and to introduce varieties of fruits and ornamentals which might become important as new crops. In addition to conducting research, the center now offers on-site undergraduate and graduate training in plant pathology, entomology, nematology, biotechnology and tropical horticulture. The facility has also been expanded to include several specialists of the Cooperative Extension Service, who provide close liaison between research conducted here and the county Extension staffs. Research at the Homestead TREC emphasizes crop vegetables in the winter. It is here that lime production Southwest Florida Research and Education Center The Southwest Florida Research and Education on nursery tree production, controlled release nutrition of Agriculture and Consumer Services, serves as the germplasm source of most commercial varieties for Educational programs at the REC include extensionFlorida Department of Agriculture And Consumer ServicesThe Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) consists of many different divisions and bureaus. The following divisions are concerned with the citrus industry. Division of Plant Industry P.O. Box 147100 Gainesville, FL 32614-7100 352 372-3505 The Division of Plant Industry, Florida's plant pest regulatory agency, provides the front lines of defense against plant pests which pose serious economic threats


Florida Citrus Or g anizations Pa g e 6October 1998to our state's widely diversified agricultural industry. Certificates must be issued on every fresh fruit This protection is provided through implementation ofshipment, and every load of fresh fruit in every biometric surveys and other necessary regulatory processing plant must be certified. Through contractual programs including nursery, stock dealer, and arrangements with the U.S.D.A, the canned and non-nursery inspections and certifications, special concentrated pack are certified. This division is also certifications, and integrated control and/or eradicationresponsible for fumigating citrus for export. The Florida programs. Citrus Code and Citrus Commission also require every Division of Fruit and Vegetable Inspection P.O. Box 1072 Winter Haven, FL 33882 941 294-3511 This division carries out the requirements of the Florida Citrus Code. Citrus inspection is mandatory under this Code; and this division provides trained inspectors and an efficient inspection program to meet these requirements. citrus fruit dealer to be bonded and licensed, chiefly for the protection of the producer.Table 1. County Extension Citrus CountyOfficeCountyOffice BrevardBroward 407/633-1702954/370-3725 3695 Lake Drive3245 SW Colle g e Avenue Cocoa, FL 32926Davie, FL 33314 CharlotteCitrus 941/639-6255352/726-2141 6900 Florida Street3600 S Florida Avenue Punta Gorda, FL 33950Inverness, FL 34450 CollierDade 941/353-4244305/248-3311 14700 Immokalee Road18710 SW 288th Street Naples, FL 33964Homestead, FL 33030 DeSotoGlades 941/993-4846941/946-0244 P.O. Box 310P.O. Box 549 Arcadia, FL 34265Moore Haven, FL 33471 HardeeHendry 941/773-2164941/674-4092 507 Civic Center Dr.P.O. Box 68 Wauchula, FL 33873LaBelle, FL 33975 HernandoHighlands 352/754-4433941/386-6540 19490 Oliver Street4509 W Geor g e Boulevard Brooksville, FL 34601Sebrin g FL 33872 HillsboroughIndian River 813/744-5519561/770-5030 5339 S County Rd 5791028 20th Place Seffner, FL 33584Vero Beach, FL 32960 LakeLee 352/343-4101941/338-3232 30205 State Road 193406 Palm Beach Blvd. Tavares, FL 32778Ft. Myers, FL 33916 ManateeMarion 941/722-4524352/620-3440 1303 17th Street2232 NE Jacksonville Rd. Palmetto, FL 34221Ocala, FL 24470 MartinMonroe 561/288-5654305/292-4501 2614 SE Dixie Hi g hway 5100 Colle g e Road Stuart, FL 33494Key West, FL 33040 OkeechobeeOrange 941/763-6469407/836-7570 458 Hwy 98 N2350 E Michi g an Street Okeechobee, FL 34972Orlando, FL 32806 OsceolaPalm Beach 407/846-4181561/233-1712 1901 E Irlo Bronson Hwy559 N Military Trail Kissimmee, FL 32744W Palm Beach, FL 33415


Florida Citrus Or g anizations Pa g e 7County Office County Office October 1998 Pasco Pinellas 352/521-4288 813/582-2100 36702 State Road 52 12175 125th Street N Dade City, FL 33525 Lar g o, FL 33644 PolkPutman 941/533-0765904/329-0318 P.O. Box 9005111 Yelvin g ton Rd, Suite 1 Bartow, FL 33831Palatka, FL 32131 St. LucieSarasota 561/462-1660941/316-1000 8400 Picos Rd, Suite 1012900 Rin g lin g Boulevard Ft. Pierce, FL 33945Sarasota, FL 34237 SeminoleSumter 407/323-2500352/793-2728 250 W County Home RdP.O. Box 218 Sanford, FL 32773Bushnell, FL 33513 Volusia 904/822-5778 3100 E New York Ave. Deland, FL 32724