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Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Virus Outbreak Florida Crops
Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 09, 2020

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

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Other states are having similar issues. Leafy greens in California are being hit hard, and dairy farmers in Vermont and Wisconsin say they've had to dump a surplus of milk intended for restaurants.

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Many Florida growers have donated to food banks, but there’s a limit on what the charities can accept.

Farmers are scrambling to sell to grocery stores but many already have contracts.