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President's Report - May 2019

Joe Catrambone, Stuart/Martin County Chamber of Commerce President/CEO


Florida Agriculture Facts

Most people around the country, if not the world,
think of Florida as a tourist destination with
theme parks and beaches. We are so much more!!

There are 47,000 farms and ranches utilizing 9.45 million acres in Florida. They produce a wide variety of safe and dependable food products from citrus groves and nurseries in central and south Florida to vegetables grown in various other regions of the state. The agriculture industry provides us with a large and stable economic base. We boast of 300 plus commodities provided.

The state is comprised of more than 42 million acres; farms and forest comprise of 25 million of them, more than three fifths of the state. The industry employs 2.2 million people on 9.4 million acres that include fruit, vegetables, citrus groves, field crops and pastures.

The economic impact is staggering, producing $132 billion to our economy. It is estimated that on average each $1 million in farm cash receipts creates 16.7 jobs, $93,189. in additional indirect tax revenues and $1.72 million in overall economic impact.

The dairy industry is also a key component of our agricultural industry and is second only to tourism in Florida’s economy. There are approximately100 farms from the Panhandle to South Florida with more than 125,000 cows producing more than 300 million gallons of milk every year. We are ranked 19th in production nationally.

Unfortunately, we were not able to get current statistics concerning the beef cattle industry however; we know the largest single brood cow herd in the US is located in Florida. In 2009 Florida was home to five of the top ten largest cow/calf operations in the United States,  ranked 10th in the nation in number of  beef cows in 2011and nearly one-half of all Florida agricultural land is involved in cattle production. We have 3.2 million acres of pastureland and 1.3 million acres of grazed woodland and much of “Natural Florida” remains in the working landscape of Florida’s cattle industry.

Also, take into consideration commercial fisheries in Florida generate $1 billion in sales and $262 million in income annually.

Source: USDA & UF

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