Cheryl Devall Reports On The Damage Frost Has Done

to the farm economy in Florida this winter. Florida grows about half the national supply of fresh winter fruits and vegetables. Farmers are facing at least 300 million dollars in losses from an unexpected freeze ten days ago. Agricultural workers also are paying the cost in lost earnings, which are not included in that figure. Nor does it include the cost to shoppers across the country, who are paying about twice as much for fresh beans, tomatoes, and squash, as they did at the beginning of the month.



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