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August 16, 2019 | Press Releases

Steube Addresses Gulf Coast Citrus Growers Association at Annual Dinner

VENICE, FLORIDA—Congressman Greg Steube (R-Fla.) discussed key issues facing Florida farmers and growers at the Gulf Coast Citrus Growers Association annual dinner in Fort Myers, FL.

“Given my background in agriculture, I know the importance of farming in our community—agriculture is the lifeblood of Florida and I’m so proud to represent the industry in Washington, DC and to fight for these priorities in Congress,” said Congressman Steube. “I’m working on a number of issues important to groups like the Gulf Coast Citrus Growers Association, including the Defending Domestic Produce Production Act (H.R. 101), which will allow for seasonal growers to collectively petition and lodge trade complaints to help combat Mexican, Chinese, and Brazilian oranges that come into the United States. I’m a co-sponsor of this bill and I know the importance of getting provisions like this passed for our farmers.”

Steube also discussed the importance of water quality, supporting the work of the state legislature on funding for septic to sewer conversions, and upcoming legislation regarding changes to the H2A program.

“Trade groups life Gulf Coast Citrus Growers Association provide growers in our community with great support and resources and I’m so thankful that my constituents have them as a resource here in the 17th Congressional District,” continued Steube. “Agriculture is the backbone of Florida’s thriving economy and groups like Gulf Citrus give growers a united voice to advocate on important issues.”

Established in 1985, the Gulf Citrus Growers Association is a trade association representing the citrus growers of Southwest Florida. Its geographical service area includes Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties. Gulf Citrus addresses key issues of economic importance to the sustainable growth and development of the citrus industry in the region. The association also serves as the gulf citrus industry’s voice on other issues impacting the area’s agricultural industry.

Florida’s 17th Congressional District is the largest citrus producer of all congressional districts in in the United States.