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HLB fund-raising plan

This article was originally published in Foodnews

]SENATOR Bill Nelson of Florida is aiming to reintroduce legislation to provide funding to fight citrus greening (huanglongbing, or HLB) in the state. He wants to introduce a bill, funded by tariff payments made on imported citrus fruit and juice, which would raise up to USD30 million per year over the next five years. His proposal was presented to a meeting of Florida citrus officials earlier this week. At present, much of the funding for fighting greening is provided by the Florida Department of Citrus and relief from this financial burden would allow the FDOC to divert more cash to marketing, at a time when US retail sales of orange juice are falling fast.

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