Florida produces nearly 300 commodities during its year-round growing season. With fresh fruits and vegetables and vibrant aquaculture, horticulture and viticulture, Florida has something for everyone to enjoy.
Agriculture is a $100 billion industry in Florida and employs nearly one million Floridians. Despite the difficult economic climate, Florida agriculture grew by nearly $150 million in cash receipts during 2011, creating 5,000 jobs for Floridians and $20 million in tax revenues.
Florida leads the nation in the sale of five fresh vegetables: snap beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash. The state also provides a rich variety of the nation’s winter fruits and vegetables, including more than 50 percent of the tangerines, oranges and grapefruit consumed. Florida ranks second nationally in production of fresh vegetables and ninth in the value of farm products. Furthermore, Florida livestock contributes greatly to the nation's supply of beef, poultry, eggs and milk with record gross receipts of more than $1.3 billion in 2010.
There are approximately 47,500 working farms in Florida, making up more than 9.25 million of the state’s nearly 35 million acres of land.