(July 24) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Agriculture Secretary Charles Bronson has appealed an earlier ruling by a state circuit court judge halting the cutting of citrus trees to eliminate citrus canker.

Bronson has asked the 4th District Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling by Broward County Judge Leonard Fleet who earlier in July blocked the tree cutting program due to questions about Florida's procedure's for testing for canker and how state officials measure the distance from an infected tree.

State law mandates all trees within 1,900 feet of an infected tree be destroyed.

Fleet's order calls for the state to measure from tree to tree, rather than from the center of one property to another as it does now. His order also calls for retesting of trees that are considered infected.