Florida Agriculture Losses

Posted on 01/19/2010 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook

Florida agriculture will sustain at least a 30% loss due to freezing temperatures. Wholesale prices for tomatoes, orange juice and lettuce climbed nearly 40% on the East Coast, and higher prices could last for three or four weeks, stated Nelson Eusebio, executive director of the National Supermarket Association. About 70% of tomatoes in Southwest Florida were likely wiped out, and prices of 25-lb. boxes of South Florida mature green tomatoes rose from $15.95 to $17.95 on Jan. 4 to $23.95 on Jan.12, according to AMS data, reported The Wall Street Journal.

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