Published: Feb 09, 2011 7:03 PM EST
Updated: Feb 09, 2011 4:03 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG- Florida's citrus farmers are continuing to feel the effects of December's freezing temperatures.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday reduced it's February orange crop forecast.

The report says early and midseason citrus varieties in Florida shrunk by 1 million to 66 million while the projection for Valencia oranges also decreased by 1 million boxes to 72 million boxes this season.

The Florida citrus industry creates a $9 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 76,000 people, and covering about 560,000 acres.

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