Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability

Department of Citrus

For assistance, call 863-537-3999 or visit https://www.floridacitrus.org/

What is the purpose of the department?

The Department of Citrus seeks to maximize consumer demand for Florida citrus products to ensure the sustainability and economic well-being of Florida citrus growers, the citrus industry, and the State of Florida.

What are the responsibilities of the department?

The Department of Citrus is responsible for citrus marketing, research, and regulation. Department goals include
  • improving perception of nutritional benefits of Florida orange juice among millennial moms and consumers in the U.S.;
  • increasing consumer awareness and perception of benefits of Florida citrus products in international markets; and
  • providing research support to marketing and public relations programs and the Florida citrus industry.

What is the Florida Citrus Commission?

The Florida Citrus Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Governor to represent citrus growers, processors, and packers. The commission serves as the board of directors and agency head for the department. It is responsible for setting the annual amount of excise tax as well as quality standards for all citrus grown, packed, or processed in Florida.  

How much citrus does Florida annually produce?

Oranges. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that as of May 2022, Florida will produce 38.2 million boxes of oranges, which is second to California's 51.3 million boxes of oranges. This estimated yield for Florida is a decrease of approximately 13.5 million boxes when compared to the 2020-21 crop year.

Grapefruit. The USDA estimates that as of May 2022, Florida growers will produce 3.6 million boxes of grapefruit in the 2021-22 crop year, a decrease of approximately 600,000 boxes when compared to the 2020-21 crop year.

How are these activities funded?

The department is funded primarily through a statutorily authorized assessment on each box of citrus moving into commercial channels of trade, though in some years, it is also appropriated General Revenue. 
Fiscal Year: 2022-23
Fund Dollars Positions
CITRUS, DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS MARKETING
32,619,363
7.00
CITRUS RESEARCH
4,350,636
6.00
EXECUTIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES
3,370,717
15.00
TOTAL
40,340,716
28.00

Updates

The Citrus Recovery Act. In 2022, the Legislature enacted Ch. 2022-117, Laws of Florida, which creates the "Citrus Recovery Act." Specifically, the law

  • increases the membership of the Florida Citrus Commission (commission) from nine members to eleven;
  • increases the number of citrus districts from three to six and revises the counties that comprise each district;
  • requires certain entities to provide reports on citrus production research to the commission at specified intervals and upon request of the commission;
  • requires that new varieties of citrus fruit and certain technology produced from research or studies funded by state funds be made exclusively available for licensing and purchase to certain Florida producers for a specified timeframe; and
  • requires producers who receive such exclusivity to retain the exclusivity for a specified timeframe and provide pricing requirements for such arrangements.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Citrus Reference Book, Florida Department of Citrus, February 2018.
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Citrus Research and Education Center
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service
Citrus Research and Development Foundation, Inc.
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapter 601 and s. 20.29, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Department of Citrus, 1-863-537-3999

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