ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting increases in citrus production for the upcoming growing season.
In a Wednesday release, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says the USDA has forecast increases in almost all varieties of Florida citrus.
The USDA report says all orange production nationwide should increase five percent in the 2011-2012 season.
White grapefruit crops and a variety of tangelos are expected to drop slightly.
The report estimates that Florida will produce 147 million boxes of oranges, a five percent increase over last year.
Florida Citrus Mutual hosted a crop estimate breakfast Wednesday to kick off the growing season and to highlight the report.
Gov. Rick Scott, Putnam and other officials attended, along with about 70 growers and industry representatives.
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