Hurricane Irma's wrath will mean grower losses, higher grocery bills

Article Posted on September 13, 2017

By: Laura Layden, USA Today

IMMOKALEE, Fla. -- Hurricane Irma tore through Florida's rich agricultural heartland, and now it's going to shred consumers' wallets at the supermarket.

Fruits and vegetables grown in southwest Florida — a prime region for citrus — and other parts of Florida could be in short supply after being hit by Irma. That will translate to higher prices in the grocery aisles for everything from tomatoes to orange juice.

The storm flooded fields and groves, blew oranges to the ground, twisted protective plastic, broke drip irrigation pipes and tubes, and destroyed vegetable plants. Growers struggled to get water off their fields and groves…

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