Florida Citrus Ban

State officials are crying foul over a USDA ban on shipping Florida citrus to five other citrus producing states.

They say the ban is based on politics and not science, and because of that the state plans an appeal.

Florida citrus is now banned in California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Alabama.

Roughly 10 percent of the fruit grown here is shipped fresh. How much that is shipped to the five states is unclear. Gov. Jeb Bush says the ban defies logic.

Citrus canker infected groves are already prohibited from shipping fruit. Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson says the science doesn't support a ban on fruit from non canker groves.

What steps the state can take are uncertain, but both Bush and Bronson say they will ask the USDA to modify the ban.


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