By: News Service of Florida – Jan 20th, 2010
Crop losses from this month’s extended freeze will cost Florida agriculture hundreds of millions of dollars and won’t be accurately discernible for several weeks, Florida agriculture officials told Senate lawmakers on Tuesday.
Briefing members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Liz Compton outlined a series of preliminary damage estimates for crop losses resulting from more than 10 days of freezing temperatures that extended as far south as Collier County.
“There are a lot of figures floating around but we want to make sure ours are accurate because these are ones that get sent to Washington,” Compton told the News Service on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Gov. Charlie Crist extended by seven days an emergency declaration that will allow growers to get their produce to market more quickly as they scurry to salvage what they can from the most damaging freeze in more than a decade.
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