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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:09 pm | Updated: 10:40 am, Wed Nov 13, 2013.

MANATEE COUNTY--- Concern over Florida's $9 billion Agriculture Industry is at an all time high, because of low citrus production.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its initial forecast for 2013-2014 Florida orange crop at a total of 125 million boxes to be produced.  That's down 6% from last season.

For comparison--  prior to the 2004-05 season, Florida's Citrus Industry was producing more than 240 million boxes of oranges a year.   Officials blame much of the decrease on Citrus Greening a disease spread by insects that is plaguing the citrus industry.  Coming up on ABC 7 at 5:30 we explore the problem and find out whats being done to solve it.

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