ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Florida legislators are hoping to pass a bill that will help citrus growers recover from Hurricane Irma after 70 percent of the state's orange crop was wiped out.
Congressman Vern Buchanan wants to include farmers as part of a relief package that's to be considered by Congress in October.
"Florida farmers are hurting and they need our help," said Buchanan.
The bill would make it less costly for growers to replace trees damaged by Hurricane Irma or citrus greening. It would also help provide tax incentives for farmers who can't afford to replace damaged trees.
Experts estimate a 50 to 70 percent crop loss in Florida after Irma, and some citrus growers are experiencing up to 90 percent losses in some places.
That's why some experts are already predicting you can expect to see a rise in orange juice.