Sprinklers water rows of crops on a Florida farm following a January freeze.
Florida farmers ahead of January's freeze use sprinklers to help protect their rows of crops. (Arlett Villalona/WUFT News)

Citrus and Hernando among counties impacted by January freeze

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TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is assessing the impact recent freezing temperatures had on the state’s agricultural industry.

The agency activated a survey on Friday that will be used to gather data and evaluate resources that affected businesses may need to recover from the freeze that occurred during the last weekend in January, according to a news release.

“The agriculture business in Florida is an integral part of the state’s economy, and we are going to do everything we can to help the farmers who were impacted by freezing temperatures this past weekend,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news release.

DEO Secretary Dane Eagle said the survey can be found at FloridaDisaster.biz.

The governor issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in the following 30 counties: Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia.

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