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Putnam is seeking $75 million for the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program, which preservers agricultural and conservation land, and $17 million to research citrus greening, a bacterial disease that kills citrus trees.
Florida's citrus growers have struggled to turn a profit for years because of the tree-killing citrus greening disease, which first showed up in Florida in 2005.
Before Irma's broadside, the industry had been struggling to recover from citrus greening, the disease that has helped cut Florida citrus production by more than 60 percent over the past decade.
The forecast isn't good for an industry that has been in a steady decline due in large part to the impact of deadly citrus greening disease.
The partnership aims to develop new ways to combat citrus greening, an incurable bacterial disease that depletes trees and can cause fruit to drop to the ground prematurely.
This was supposed to be the season when Florida’s citrus industry finally started to bounce back after years of battling the deadly citrus greening disease.
Growers talked of trees standing in 3 feet (.9 meters) of water, which is a death sentence for a crop already under a decade-long siege by citrus greening disease.
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