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Updated: 12/08/2017 08:30:00AM

Congress must help the struggling citrus industry

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Florida felt the full brunt of Hurricane Irma when it struck the state in September. It was the most destructive hurricane to hit Florida in decades. Packing winds of more than 130 mph and causing widespread flooding, it struck at the heart of Florida’s agricultural industry, causing billions in losses to all areas of production, including citrus, its largest crop.

While Florida oranges have long occupied iconic status in American life, if Congress does not act promptly, Florida’s agricultural industry, including its treasured citrus growers and the communities that depend on it, could mark the end of Florida orange production and the state’s vital agricultural sector.

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