Jim Snively, the vice president of grove operations for Southern Gardens Citrus in Clewiston said,“Things for us have just been extremely challenging,”
The Florida Citrus industry is preparing for our current hurricane season. After the devastation caused by hurricane Irma, they want to plan ahead for any sort of devastation that could come our way. Hurricane Irma took out about 70% of the citrus industry back in 2017.
Dr. Alfonzo Alferez co authored a manual for citrus farmers to prepare and recover from hurricane season.
He suggests growers concentrate on securing hazardous chemicals and having machinery ready for the aftermath, an aftermath that Snively said has the potential of impacting the supply chain.