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Florida Orange Tree / contributed

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (www.usda.gov) has projected that the Florida orange production is holding steady, at 72 million boxes, for the 2016-17 season.

However, the report predicts a slight decrease in Florida’s grapefruit production, saying it will be down 3 percent — to 9.3 million boxes.

The executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC), Shannon Shepp, said, “In the past couple of seasons, we’ve seen dramatic drops in the estimate during the early months following the October forecast. The fact that we remain stable is a positive sign for growers and consumers.”

The FDOC, which is partly funded by box taxes paid by Florida’s citrus growers, serves as the main marketing-and-promotion agency for the industry.

For more information about the Florida orange industry, visit floridacitrus.org.