Saving the Citrus Industry

  • May 2014 - Valley Business Report
  • The 500,000 backyard citrus trees in the Rio Grande Valley represent the biggest problem facing the Rio Grande Valley’s citrus industry as it tackles the devastating disease known as citrus greening. The annual farm-gate value of the Valley’s citrus crop is $72 million. Associated businesses -- packers, shippers, implement and crop care suppliers -- bring the industry’s overall economic contribution to the region to $134 million. “If we go by Florida’s experience since 2004, 100% of their citrus has been infected” with citrus greening, said Texas AgriLife economist Luis Ribera.