Citrus Expo℠ began in 1992 and has grown to become the world’s premier seminar and trade show program for citrus growers and industry professionals. Its primary goal is to provide unequalled education and industry fellowship opportunities annually for growers, industry leaders, decision-makers and vendors.
The two-day Citrus Expo℠ is held annually in August just before the Florida citrus harvest gets fully underway. The event is self-sustaining, organized and operated by AgNet Media/Citrus Industry magazine, with solicited input from numerous growers, researchers and industry organizations. The company also operates two agricultural news radio networks, AgNet West and Southeast AgNet providing daily ag news headlines for producers throughout California and the deep southeast U.S.
Citrus Expo Planning Process
The Citrus Expo℠ seminar program is developed in collaboration with Florida citrus industry leaders, including growers, association executives and researchers. Organizations providing valuable input include:
- Citrus Research and Development Foundation
- Gulf Citrus Growers Association
- Highlands County Citrus Growers Association
- Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association
- Indian River Citrus League
- University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, with the Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred playing a key role in implementing the seminar program
Traditionally supporting involved industry organizations through promotional stipends and other local sponsorships, AgNet Media/Citrus Expo℠ also makes donations, as proceeds allow, toward citrus research at the University of Florida. Since AgNet Media/Citrus Industry magazine ownership and management of Citrus Expo℠ began in 2006, Citrus Expo℠ has donated more than $65,000 to regional group activities and UF/IFAS citrus research.