April 21, 2014: For many years, Florida citrus growers and beekeepers have enjoyed a symbiotic working relationship. But recently, that relationship has been challenged as citrus growers have been forced to spray more to control the Asian citrus psyllid — the vector of HLB.
Unfortunately, the increased sprays resulted in a few unintended bee kills. This set off a contentious debate between growers and beekeepers. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) stepped in and offered to mediate the discussions between both sides.