This month's earlier freeze will cost Southwest Florida farmworkers more than $23.6 million in lost income, according to a University of Florida study.


The estimate was compiled by Fritz Roka, an economist based at the Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. He was assisted by Gene McAvoy and Monica Azores-Hampton, also of the center.


Of 52,600 acres of vegetables in a five-county region, about 16,670 acres were lost to the freeze, according to the report.


To read the complete report, visit Southwest Florida Research and Education Center.