Florida's citrus industry is still suffering from Hurricane Irma

Nov 27, 2017
The state's congressional delegation is pushing for dedicated funding to help growers, whose losses are estimated at $760 million.
Thousands of trees were uprooted by Hurricane Irma in Everglades Harvesting's 500-acre orange grove near Naples. The trees are being dumped on burn piles to make room for costly replanting. This year's crop is mostly a loss, says Paul Meador, a fourth-generation citrus grower.
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Price of orange juice squeezes consumers

Jul 27, 2015
At $6 a gallon, it's the most expensive ever.

Why it's hard times for citrus growers

Dec 31, 2014
A deadly tree disease and decreased demand are among the problems facing citrus growers.

How Florida's orange farmers are fighting back

Dec 31, 2013
As a virulent disease devastates Florida's citrus crops, two farms innovate.
Quentin Roe and William Roe run W.G. Roe and Sons, Inc. It's one of the largest tangerine operations in the country. 
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A Redlands, Calif. QUIZ! How well do you know the city famous for its oranges?

Dec 19, 2013
We’re continuing our American Futures series with The Atlantic’s James Fallows and the software company ESRI this week. Kai and James have been traveling across the U.S. looking at how small towns are living and working in a new economy. They’ve flown into the easternmost city in the U.S. — Eastport, Maine and traveled to Sioux Falls, S.D., where they visited a few businesses in […]

Orange is the new caviar?

Dec 12, 2013
A disease called greening is pushing OJ prices up and could keep pushing them up
Greening infected trees will have shriveled, yellow mottled leaves as well as small, misshapen fruit that tends to fall off the tree early
Stacey Vanek Smith

How a little Asian bug is crushing the U.S. OJ business

Dec 4, 2013
Citrus greening is putting the squeeze on orange juice farmers, producers and futures traders. It's driving up OJ prices and making big changes to the business.
Oranges are cleaned before being sliced in half and squeezed into juice at the Peace River Citrus Products processing plant in Bartow, Fla.
Stacey Vanek Smith

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The orange economy: Prices shoot up in hurricane season

May 31, 2013
An orange grower in Florida is not exactly celebrating high orange prices.

Florida town rides housing boom, bust

Aug 28, 2012
Famed for their citrus groves, Dundee residents take stock of the economy and the upcoming elections.

Citrus disease threatens California fruit trees

Apr 17, 2012
The citrus disease known as “Huanlongbing” has been raging for seven years, killing millions of orange and grapefruit trees across Florida. Now it’s been detected in California.