December 13, 2017

Citrus crop declines continue, making case for fed aid

Florida citrus growers on Tuesday got an early Christmas present from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — a big new talking point in its quest to get federal assistance for Hurricane Irma damage. The gift came in the new USDA 2017-18 citrus crop forecast, which reduced the projected Florida orange harvest to 46 million boxes, a 4 million-box (8 percent) decline from its November estimate.

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