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Florida's Citrus Crop Tops $1 Billion

posted on September 22, 2006

According to a USDA report, Florida's citrus farmers enjoyed more than $1 billion in sales this harvest for the first time in six years, despite Hurricane Wilma destroying a large chunk of the crop last fall.

Higher prices pushed up revenue 38 percent during the 2005 - 2006 season from the previous year, driving sales past the $1 billion mark for the first time since the 1999 - 2000 season. The figure is what growers received from packagers and juice processors, not retail sales.

The state's citrus growers produced 174.8 million boxes in the latest year. That was up three percent from the year before, when the citrus region was hit by three hurricanes, but down 40 percent from the production level in the 2003 - 2004 season.

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