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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a final rule that revises marketing order grade and size requirements for Florida citrus.

The regulation, effective May 20, removes grade and size requirements for ambersweet and temple oranges, and simplifies the tables outlining the grade and size requirements for interstate and export shipments, according to the USDA.

“Removing the size requirements for ambersweet and temple oranges will help maximize shipments of these varieties impacted by declining production,” according to the regulation.

Florida citrus industry leaders elected not to relax the minimum grade requirements for other oranges and tangerines, according to the USDA.

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