FLORIDA FREEZE EXPECTED TO HEAT UP RETAIL VEGETABLE PRICES

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Agriculture, based here, is expecting retail prices on several vegetable commodities to increase between 50% and 100% due to the recent freeze that blanketed growing areas in the state.Officials at the Department of Agriculture estimated last week that between $200 million and $300 million worth of damage hit winter vegetable crops in a number of different

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Agriculture, based here, is expecting retail prices on several vegetable commodities to increase between 50% and 100% due to the recent freeze that blanketed growing areas in the state.

Officials at the Department of Agriculture estimated last week that between $200 million and $300 million worth of damage hit winter vegetable crops in a number of different growing regions.

"Right now, it's at about $250 million, but that's not in

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