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Citrus industry looks for aid after Irma

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A long wait may be ahead for broad federal relief for Florida’s beleaguered citrus industry, “decimated” last week by a lethal hurricane that crossed the peninsula at the start of the growing season, state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Wednesday.

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Feds predict 8 percent drop in Florida’s orange crop

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a dire forecast for Florida’s orange crop. The estimate released Tuesday predicts that the 2015-2016 orange crop will be down 8 percent from the previous year. Officials predict the state’s orange production will be 74 million boxes. By comparison, in the 2012-2013 year, 133 million boxes were harvested. The newly released statistics show just how severely citrus greening has devastated Florida’s top fruit crop. Greening is spread by a gnat-sized insect called the…

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