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Shortage of workers could leave millions of oranges on Florida's

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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - The Sunshine State has plenty of oranges on its trees. Trouble is there aren't enough people to pick them. Florida citrus industry officials warn between three and six (m) million boxes of oranges may not be harvested this year, as a result. If the worst case scenario proves true, it'll be the state's lowest orange production since 1992. Officials blame talk of immigration crackdowns for their difficulty in finding Hispanic workers, who comprise much of Florida's farm work force. One grower says word spread through the Hispanic community that people had to return home if they wanted future jobs in the U-S.
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