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Rubio Welcomes Assistance To Fight Florida Citrus Greening

Mar 5, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to grant Florida’s request for the use of antimicrobials on diseased citrus trees. The request, which has been supported by Rubio, was originally made in December 2015 by Commissioner Adam Putnam of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, on behalf of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association.
 
“Florida’s citrus industry has long been a pillar of Florida’s economy and proud symbol of our state,” said Rubio. “For over a decade, it has been greatly impacted by Huanglongbing, better known as greening, affecting millions of jobs and billions of dollars’ worth of economic activity. Since 2005, Florida has lost approximately 100,000 citrus acres and well over $4.5 billion in revenue due to the disease.
 
“With this approval, citrus growers will finally have some degree of relief in dealing with this natural disaster,” Rubio added. “While the antimicrobials are not a cure, they will help strengthen the trees and suppress the greening until our state and national research science programs find a cure.”
 
On December 16, 2015, Rubio wrote a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging that the request be carefully considered in a timely manner.