Published: Dec 26, 2010 9:34 PM EST
Updated: Dec 26, 2010 6:34 PM EST

IMMOKALEE, Fla. (AP) - When frigid temperatures imperil Florida's crops, the state's farmworkers say their lives become a struggle.

Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers say that many farmworkers didn't return after a severe cold snap in January. Since temperatures dipped again this month, the farmworkers who remained can find only sporadic part-time work instead of the usual eight to 10 hours a day.

That can mean just $25 to $50 a day for farmworkers who usually can bring home $150 to $180 per day.

The farmworkers who do find employment say they're trying to save as much money as they can to ride out future bad weather.

The coalition estimates there are about 15,000 to 20,000 farmworkers in the Immokalee area.

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