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House Passes Legislation to Combat Citrus Disease


Washington, September 22, 2016 - The U.S. House of Representatives passed important legislation, with the support of Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge), to help citrus growers replant trees destroyed by disease. Citrus greening has affected nearly every grower in the state of Florida, making it difficult for many to front the cost of replanting diseased trees.

“Florida has always been known for our world class citrus,” said Congressman Bill Posey. “I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation that will protect countless jobs and provide Florida’s citrus growers with the tools they need to continue to produce the high quality citrus we are known for.”

The Emergency Citrus Disease Response Act (H.R. 3957) will help growers replant by allowing a tax deduction to replant diseased trees even if an investor helps cover part of the cost. The grower must still maintain fifty percent ownership in the grove.

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