MANATEE COUNTY--- Concern over Florida's $9 billion Agriculture Industry is at an all time high, because of low citrus production. The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its initial forecast for 2013-2014 Florida orange crop at a total of 125 million boxes to be produced. That's down 6% from last season.
For comparison-- prior to the 2004-05 season, Florida's Citrus Industry was producing more than 240 million boxes of oranges a year. Officials blame much of the decrease on Citrus Greening a disease spread by insects that is plaguing the citrus industry. Coming up on ABC 7 at 5:30 we explore the problem and find out whats being done to solve it.