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Irma could strike a devastating blow to Florida orange growers

Irma could strike a devastating blow to Florida orange growers
Posted at 10:09 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 18:30:51-04

(CNN) - Orange growers in Florida are worried that Hurricane Irma could push them into bankruptcy.

The Florida citrus industry is already in trouble. A disease known as citrus greening has caused a 50 percent decline in the last five years.

Insects spread the disease, leaving fruit green, bitter and unusable.

But experts say a direct hit from Irma could cause a disastrous blow to the industry.

According to statistics from the Florida Department of Citrus, not from concentrate orange juice prices have been steadily climbing and are now at about $7.68 a gallon.

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