The Florida citrus industry will continue to face new and serious challenges throughout the rest of this century and into the 21st century. Issues such as increasing production and labor costs, competition from other regions of the world, environmental awareness, energy, water management, government regulations, among others will focus our efforts on more efficient production, handling, processing and marketing methods. The historical commitment by the U.S. to a strong and highly-organized system for agricultural research has helped to maintain a vital and competitive domestic and international trade stature. Similarly, research has helped to keep the Florida citrus industry viable and competitive through the many major scientific developments from Lake Alfred.

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