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Shutdown could raise Fla. citrus costs


Citrus farmers in Florida say the government shutdown could eventually cost you more at the grocery store.

Millions of oranges will be soon be ready for picking. But if they're not harvested on time, supply goes down and prices go up. The problem... Farmers often hire pickers from outside the U.S., who need work permits. The shutdown put the application process for those permits at a standstill. Now that the government is re-open, farmers are hoping to get the workers they need - and quick.

Andrew Meadows of  Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland.

"We're pushing hard.  We're using every political avenue that we can; and we're working with other states that this affects.  So, we're not falling on deaf ears. We think we're going to get something done and get our crops out of the fields,"

Meadows says it's too early to tell if they'll get the work done on time. There are millions of gallons of juice on reserve right now, but it's getting down to the wire.