~ Also Highlights an Additional $25 Million to Fight Citrus Greening ~

LAKELAND, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott ceremonially signed HB 59, which allows farmers to participate in agritourism without interference from local governments. Governor Scott also highlighted more than $25 million in the Florida First budget for citrus research and programs to help the industry fight citrus greening. Since Governor Scott took office, more than $86 million has been invested to support Florida’s citrus industry.

Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud today to highlight additional funding and legislation which support Florida’s agricultural communities and also ensure the future of the citrus industry. Florida’s geography, economy and quality of life are all defined by our natural and agricultural resources. These invaluable resources help create a foundation for our growing economy and have added jobs for thousands of Floridians. I want to thank Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Legislature for their commitment to protecting our environment so future generations can enjoy all that Florida has to offer.”

Commissioner Adam Putnam said, “The citrus industry is in a fight for its life, and we must do everything we can to protect this $10 billion industry. I thank Governor Scott and the Legislature for their support of $25 million for citrus research efforts.”

To view a copy of the transmittal letter, click HERE. To view the Florida First Budget, click HERE.

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