For the first time in its 26-year history the Florida Citrus Expo, held recently in Fort Myers, opened its doors to growers of other fruits and vegetables.
The reason is simple: Citrus greening disease, the lethal infection that has cost the Florida citrus industry a half-billion dollars in annual revenues and decimated 500,000 acres of groves over the last decade.
Some growers are all-in and dedicated to making citrus work. Others are diversifying into items like pomegranates and even bamboo — or jumping ship altogether.
We checked in at the Expo for a report that first aired on the RFD-TV Network’s Market Day Report and Rural Evening News.