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Florida's citrus industry rebounding despite 'curveballs'

Posted at 6:29 PM, Nov 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-23 04:24:11-05

Florida's citrus industry was hoping for a big rebound after taking a big hit after Hurricane Irma.

We can say it's been better.

Dan Richey at Riverfront Packing Company in Gifford usually overcomes adversity.

"We're in the game, we're going to make a win this season," said Richey.

Life has definitely thrown him a lot of curveballs.

"Oh yeah. We've had invasive pests and disease. Citrus canker, citrus greening and hurricanes," said Richey.

He says there's been a rebound.

Grapefruit is projects at roughly 3 million boxes more than last year.

However hurricanes are usually a two year event.

"Amount of water on the trees caused the roots to shrink in size," said Richey. "Another curveball, but hey the come all the time."

He's an optimist and believes the industry will flourish again.

This Thanksgiving, nothing can get in the way of what matters most.

"Family is what it's all about and that's what we do," said Richey. "Thankful for all that we have."