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Florida Citrus Mutual

Florida Citrus Mutual, a voluntary trade association with more than 6,000 grower members, is dedicated to representing Florida citrus growers on any issues affecting their business. Mutual helps growers in the areas of regulatory affairs, legislative affairs, market and economic information, public relations and trade policy.

Mr. Michael W. Sparks – Executive Vice President/CEO
Mr. Andrew Meadows – Director of Communications
411 E. Orange Street
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone:(863) 682-1111
Fax:(863) 682-1074

Florida Agricultural Statistics Services

The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service (FASS) is the main agricultural data-gathering agency in Florida with the purpose of collecting, compiling and providing current statistics. A primary goal of FASS is to provide farmers, ranchers and other producers of agricultural commodities with unbiased and reliable information to assist them in making production and marketing decisions.

Jeff Geuder, Director
Jim Ewing, Deputy Director
2290 Lucien Way
Suite 300
Maitland, FL 32751-7057
Phone: (407) 648-6013
Fax: (407) 648-6029
Email: nass-fl@nass.usda.gov

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is to safeguard the public and support Florida’s agricultural economy.

Commissioner Adam H. Putnam
Sterling Ivey – Communications Office
The Capitol
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0810
Phone: (850) 488-3022
Fax: (850) 488-7585
E-mail: Sterling.Ivey@freshfromflorida.com

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry

The Division of Plant Industry works to detect, intercept and control plant and honeybee pests that threaten Florida’s native plant resources, agricultural, and horticultural industries. Division efforts concentrate on the exclusion of exotic pests and the prevention of their spread through the regulation of plant and honeybee movement and through extensive survey programs designed for the early detection of new pests to mitigate the need for control activities.

Dr. Trevor Smith – Director
Dr. Wayne N. Dixon – Assistant Director
Ms. Denise Feiber – Public Information Director
P.O. Box 147100
Gainesville, FL 32614-7100
Phone: (352) 372-3505
Fax:(352) 395-4610
Email: feiberd@doacs.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Citrus Commission/Department of Citrus is an executive agency of state government established in 1935 by an act of the Florida Legislature. The Department’s purpose is to protect and enhance the quality and reputation of Florida citrus fruit and processed citrus products in both domestic and foreign markets. It also acts to “protect the health and welfare and stabilize and protect the citrus industry of the state,” which in turn helps to promote the general welfare and social and political economy of the state.

Mrs. Shannon Shepp – Interim Executive Director
Bob Crawford Agricultural Center
605 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 9010
Bartow, FL 33831-9010
Phone: (863)537-3999
Fax: 1.877.FLA.CITRUS

Citrus Research and Education Center

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center is the oldest and largest off-campus experiment station. More than 50 faculty scientists work to meet the developmental needs of the Florida citrus industry through research, teaching and extension programs. CREC scientists interact closely with the citrus industry to address issues in horticulture, pests and diseases, and packinghouse and processing technology. The CREC is also home to the scientific research staff of the Florida Department of Citrus.

Dr. Michael Rogers
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850-2299
Phone: (863) 956-1151 ext. 1233
Fax: (863) 956-4631

Citrus Research and Development Foundation

The Citrus Research and Development Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under Florida State laws as a Direct Service Organization of the University of Florida. The Mission of the Foundation is to “Advance disease and production research and product development activities to insure the survival and competitiveness of Florida’s citrus growers through innovation.” The organization is headed by a 13-member Board of Directors that includes individuals from industry, academia and government. The COO handles the day-to-day management of business affairs, and Program Manager oversees the research portfolio.

Dr. Harold Browning
700 Experiment Station Road
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
(863) 956-8817