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Steve Steiner

Boomerang managing editor

Several years back, when I was a reporter and editor with the Polk County Democrat in Bartow, Florida, I seized upon an assignment. Then Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — who, in my opinion, should have been Florida’s current governor instead of Ron DeSantis, had it not been for “dark money” and President Trump’s endorsement — was going to be conducting a news conference at one of the orange groves in the county. Attending would be Sen. Marco Rubio.

For those who may not be aware, for more than a decade Florida’s orange growers have been plagued by a disease known as citrus greening.

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