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Citrus ripens near Orange Cove, Calif.

California freeze costs citrus industry nearly $500 million

Mandarins hit hardest in December deep-freeze One-third of total citrus lost seen in Mandarin crop Growers spent about $50 million in frost protection    

Total citrus losses in California’s December freeze could top $500 million when all figures are tallied in the coming months.

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