Schwarzenegger sees $1 billion crop losses from frost

SAN FRANCISCO – California’s citrus crop has been devastated by a freeze, but Florida promises to make up some of the shortfall.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger estimated on Tuesday that a series of unusually cold nights would cause total state crop losses of $1 billion, including oranges and other fruits and vegetables.

‘The financial losses to the agricultural industry will likely reach $1 billion,’ Schwarzenegger said in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.

‘These extreme weather conditions have had a devastating impact on California’s agricultural industry, exacting catastrophic losses on our citrus, avocado, vegetable and strawberry crops,’ the governor wrote.

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