Florida citrus can now call a UF/IFAS hotline with questions about damage caused by Hurricane Irma.
Citrus growers are likely to have many questions about damage from Hurricane Irma, as the latest reports appear the industry has been hit hard by the storm. Damage such as flooding and fruit drop seem to be common. University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) citrus specialists have set up a hotline for citrus growers to get answers to questions related to hurricane recovery, especially for HLB-affected citrus groves.
Detail of Hotline for Citrus Growers
The UF/IFAS Citrus Growers’ Hotline can be reached at 863-956-8611. According to a Citrus Industry article, the hotline “has been established for growers to call with their questions.”
Citrus growers can call the hotline on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Their contact information and question will be taken and written down, and then given to the appropriate citrus specialist, who will then call the caller back with an answer.
UF/IFAS is also asking growers to call the hotline to share their current operational needs so UF/IFAS can start now in planning future Extension programs and events. Extension activities are geared towards directly benefiting those in the region’s ag industry. There will likely be information concerning storm damage that needs to be researched and distributed to regional ag operators, such as citrus growers, for some time into the futute.
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