The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its mission is to help grow the demand for Florida citrus products, providing a direct benefit to the citrus growers. The FDOC is governed by a 12-member board—the Florida Citrus Commission. The Governor of Florida appoints the Commission, which is made up of citrus growers, processors and packers.
The FDOC activities are funded by a tax paid by citrus growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. Over 80% of the Department's annual budget, of approximately $58 million dollars, is spent on advertising and promotional activities for Florida citrus in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. The industry employs approximately 76,000 people, provides a $9.1 billion annual economic impact to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida's schools, roads and health care services.
For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, please visit http://www.floridajuice.com/about_fdoc.php.
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