(April 1) Florida’s legislators and governor made a wise decision in renewing the full-scale citrus canker eradication program.

With Gov. Jeb Bush signing the bill into law, Florida agriculture officials will now continue removing all citrus trees within 1,900 feet of an infected one — a policy that was earlier adopted under administrative rule but challenged in the courts by folks from Miami to West Palm Beach.

While canker already has devastated the state’s lime industry, areas just a few miles north and south of Indian River are infected as well, though commercial grapefruit and orange groves are mostly unscathed thus far.

Florida’s situation is not unique: Agriculture battles urban sprawl in many of the country’s growing areas.

Produce industry members must keep legislators informed of these issues, then keep up the pressure for resolution.