(1) citrus pests and diseases, including the insect known as the Asian citrus psyllid
and the disease known as citrus greening, are public nuisances and menaces to the
citrus industry, and their control and suppression is a public necessity;
(2) because of the natural migration patterns of citrus pests and the contagious nature
of citrus diseases, the control and suppression of the nuisance can best be accomplished
by dividing the commercial citrus-growing areas into separate zones so that integrated
pest management programs may be developed for each zone;
(3) there is a need for a quasi-governmental entity acting under the supervision and
control of the commissioner whose members are actual citrus producers who would be
represented on the board of the entity by directors elected by them to manage control
and suppression programs and to furnish expertise in the field of disease and insect
control and suppression, because such an entity would enhance the interest and participation
of citrus producers in the program;
(4) citrus producers, in partnership with the state and federal governments, have
made significant investments toward the suppression of these pests and disease in
this state; and
(5) it is essential to the well-being of the citrus industry and the agricultural
economy of this state that the investments of the citrus producers and the state and
federal governments be protected.
(b) It is the intent of the legislature that the program of control and suppression
of citrus pests and diseases be carried out with the best available integrated pest
(c) The department may recover costs for administration of this chapter.
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