With over nine out of ten oranges produced in Florida going to make fresh juice, the fate of the citrus industry relies heavily on the consumer market. Competition from Brazil has increased rapidly since the 1980s, and any slack in production has been filled by imported oranges. With growing concerns over low priced imports, coupled with rising land prices, many owners are encouraged to sell their lands to developers. The USF Libraries Oral History Program has recorded and transcribed a series of interviews with Twenty-First Century citrus growers and made them available to the scholarly community.
Mansfield, Bill. Florida Citrus Oral History Project. Tampa, Fla: University of South Florida Tampa Library, 2005.
To visit catalog records for more of Bill Mansfield's interviews, please click: Florida Citrus Oral History Project.