Citrus Industry Weighs Losses after Irma

posted by Rick Flagg - 

Florida's citrus industry is reeling after Irma, and more than a week later they're still adding up all the damages. 

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says they've been here before.

"One foot in front of the other, one day at a time, we will rebuild this great industry," he said. 

The chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, Ellis Hunt of Lake Wales, says he's worried about all those workers with nothing to do.

"Talking about aid for the growers, but behind these growers ultimately we have over 45,000 jobs," he said. "And there's many many thousands of people right now ... their jobs are in limbo."

Hunt says those workers need disaster unemployment benefits to help pay the bills... but that will take an Act of Congress.

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