Sustainable Citrus Production

The long term outlook for sustainable citrus production in the Indian River area depends largely on the efforts of industry leaders and researchers to find practical solutions for dealing with Citrus Canker and Citrus Greening Disease.  The production losses and eventual tree deaths that result from these diseases ensure that citrus cannot be grown at a profit using current management options, information and techniques.  Until solutions are found, growers must deal with a global market situation that has resulted in increased competition from other fruits and rising input costs for fertilizer, pesticides and fuel. 

 In addition, a growing urban community and environmental awareness will demand increased efforts to reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the coastal estuary.  Increased research and the implementation of progressive water management techniques and best management practices (BMP’s) will become a part of the successful grower’s production program. 

 In order to provide a safer working environment for agricultural workers, management must provide for training in equipment safety, pesticide handling and application safety and food safety and hygiene. 

 

Farm Safety Pesticide Regulatory

IFAS Cooperative Extension has established itself as a main source for educational training and certification of workers and applicators in all segments of agriculture. 

Such safety program areas include food safety and packinghouse hygiene, pesticide applicator training, WPS and equipment safety.

For further information regarding any of these topics, you can contact the St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension at (772) 462-1660.

Best Management Practices (BMP) Showcase Presentations

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