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Monday, January 15, 2007

Cold Snap Destroys Most California Citrus

***Link Updated 01/16, 9:30AM***
***Follow Up (With Pictures) 01/17, 9:45 AM***

As much as three-quarters of the state's citrus crop withered in the field during the cold snap, but nearly every winter crop, from avocados to fresh-cut flowers, has suffered severely. Price hikes still won't be enough to offset the damage, as growers cope with nearly $1 billion in losses following four consecutive nights of subfreezing temperatures. On Tuesday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked the federal government for disaster aid from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Small Business Administration for growers and other affected businesses.

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 11:16 PM

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