Extension Response to a Serious Freeze in Florida1

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L. K. JacksonFruit Crops Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611

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The severe freeze of January 12–14, 1981 gave Florida Fruit Crops Extension faculty some serious challenges and unique opportunities in ensuing months. Record-breaking low temperatures throughout peninsular Florida severely damaged much of Florida’s citrus and growers were faced with many problems dealing with rehabilitation and care of frozen fruit and trees. Within 24 hours after the severity of the freeze was apparent, Extension faculty of the University of Florida's Department of Fruit Crops had formulated a massive state-wide effort of intensive Extension to help growers cope with their problems. This paper outlines the procedure used to formulate this educational program.

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Received for publication October 16. 1981. Florida Agricultural Experiment Stations Journal Series No.

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