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Already decimated by disease, Florida citrus growers are vowing not to let Hurricane Irma deliver an industry  death blow.

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Across the country, advocates are hailing industrial hemp as a miracle crop. Some Floridians even think the plant could surpass oranges as an agricultural powerhouse. But lawmakers in the capitol are urging caution.

Florida’s iconic citrus industry remains on path for one of the worst growing seasons in decades, according to the latest orange crop reports.

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Despite a decade of bad harvests, a Florida lawmaker says the state’s signature industry is recovering. Growers are optimistic new genetically engineered trees will survive the deadly citrus greening disease.

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A bipartisan bill making it easier for farmers to replace trees affected by citrus greening is now heading to the U.S. House floor.

The Florida Citrus Commission is slashing its budget and laying off staff in the wake of a devastating crop disease.

Citrus greening (Huanglongbing) is reeking havoc on Florida's citrus industry.
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The Florida Citrus Commission is under pressure to cut its budget drastically in the face of citrus greening.  The grower-supported agency is feeling the pinch of declining harvests.

Citrus greening (Huanglongbing) is reeking havoc on Florida's citrus industry.
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Senator Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) wants to get rid of abandoned citrus groves, which he says can contribute to the spread of citrus greening.

Citrus greening (Huanglongbing) is reeking havoc on Florida's citrus industry.
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State lawmakers are taking their agricultural committee on the road to discuss citrus greening in Central Florida.  The trip comes as projections for the state’s harvest continue to tumble.