Through a cooperative federal-state program, the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service (FASS) gathers agricultural data and compiles current statistics. This service is provided in cooperation with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). FASS provides producers of agricultural commodities with unbiased and reliable information to assist them in making production and marketing decisions. In 2013 Florida had 48,000 commercial farms, using a total of 9.55 million acres; Florida ranked second in the U.S. for value of vegetable production; first in production value for oranges, fresh market tomatoes, watermelons, grapefruit, fresh market snap beans, fresh market cucumbers and squash; second in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, bell peppers, strawberries, fresh market sweet corn, spring potatoes, tangerines and avocados; 12th in beef cows; and accounts for 63 percent of total U.S. citrus production. Florida ranks eighth in agricultural exports with over $4 billion.
Total U.S. Value of Florida Products - 2012 Cash Receipts
|Product||Percent of U.S. Value||Value in Dollars|
|Grapefruit||62 percent||$143 million|
|Oranges||54 percent||$1 billion|
|Sugarcane for sugar and seed||50 percent||$677 million|
|Bell Peppers||24 percent||$141 million|
|Fresh Market Tomatoes||41 percent||$456 million|
|Snap Beans||51 percent||$138 million|
|Squash||31 percent||$70 million|
|Sweet Corn||19 percent||$152 million|
|Fresh Market Cucumbers||37 percent||$157 million|
|Watermelons||30 percent||$157 million|
|Tangerines||10 percent||$57 million|
Farms and Land in Farms
In 2013 Florida had 48,000 commercial farms, using a total of 9.55 million acres. There were 6,800 farms with sales exceeding $100,000. The average farm size was 199 acres. Florida ranks 18th among all states in number of farms and 28th in land in farms.
|Year||Total Number of Farms||Total Acres||Average Farm Size|
Farm cash receipts from marketing Florida agricultural products in 2012 amounted to $8.22 billion, a slight decrease from 2011. Nationally, Florida ranks second in the value of vegetable and melon cash receipts with a value of $1.42 billion, 13th in crop cash receipts with a value of $6.38 billion and 10th in total cash receipts.
|Commodity||2012 Receipts||Percent of Total|
|Other Fruits and Nuts||$332,350,000||4.1|
|Vegetables and Melons||$1,415,929,000||17.2|
|Other Crops and Products||$126,175,000||1.5|
|Cattle and Calves||$634,746,000||7.7|
|Poultry and Eggs||$365,741,000||4.4|
|Cane for Sugar/Seed||$677,290,000||8.2|
In 2012 Florida ranked second in the nation in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, with cash receipts totaling over $1.62 billion. In 2012, the wholesale value of Florida floriculture was over $896 million.
Vegetables, Melons and Berries
The 2013 value of production for the seven major vegetable crops, potatoes, berries and watermelons totaled $1.88 billion, up 18 percent from 2012. The ranking from the highest to lowest value of the berry, Irish potato, vegetables and watermelon crops are: 1. Tomatoes, 2. Strawberries, 3. Bell peppers, 4. Watermelons, 5. Snap beans, 6. Sweet corn, 7. Irish potatoes, 8. Squash, 9. Blueberries, 10. Cucumbers and 11. Cabbage. Crops that increased in percentage and value increase were: tomatoes (70%), watermelons (40%), strawberries (33%), blueberries (23%), cabbage (22%), squash (13%), cucumbers (13%) and snap beans (7%). Crops that decreased in value and percentage included bell peppers (-1%), sweet corn (-8%) and Irish potatoes (-33%)
Florida accounted for 63 percent of the total U.S. citrus production with 156.2 million boxes of citrus in the 2012-2013 season, California totaled 34 percent , and Texas and Arizona combined for 3 percent. Florida’s all orange production decreased 9 percent to 133.6 million boxes. All grapefruit production is down nearly 3 percent to 18.4 million boxes. Production of honey tangerines is down 30 percent and early tangerines were down 18 percent, resulting in a 24 percent decrease in all tangerines. Tangelo production was down 13 percent.
Florida Citrus Production
|Citrus Crop Year||Sales On-Tree Value|
As of 2013, Florida timberland ownership, which supports the forest products industry, was 71% private, 18% state and local, and 11% federal. Florida’s 15.4 million acres of timberlands supported economic activities that generated $14.52 billion in total output impacts in 2013.
Total other property income impacts, such as interests, rents, royalties and dividends were $1.25 billion, in 2013, with the largest share generated by pulp and paper manufacturing at $1.05 billion. Forest tract management and logging activities generated $67 million, the secondary forest products sectors $78 million, while lumber, veneer and panels manufacturing generated $57 million.
The 2013 total value of production of corn, cotton, cottonseed, hay, peanuts, soybeans and wheat totaled $390 million, a decrease of 17% from the previous year’s total of $471 million. The total value of corn production was valued at $46.1 million, a 37 percent increase. The value of soybean production, valued at $14.6 million, increase 34 percent. The value of production, valued at $125 million, decreased 41 percent. The hay value of production, valued at $110 million, decreased 10 percent.
All cattle and calves on Florida farms and ranches as of January 1, 2014, including dairy cattle, totaled 1,620,000 head, down 40,000 from 2013. The three top-ranking counties for cattle were Okeechobee, Highlands and Osceola. Beef cows in Florida were 877,000 head, down 31,000 head from 2013. Nationally, Florida ranked 12th in beef cows and 18th in total cattle. Calves born during 2013 totaled 830,000 head, down 30,000 head from 2012.
Florida County Value of Agricultural Products Sold in 2012
This information is provided by USDA Ag Census every five years. The next update will be in 2019. Sales for the following counties cannot be disclosed due to a confidentiality requirement: Baker, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Okaloosa and Union.
|Palm Beach||$999 million|
|St. Lucie||$168 million|
|Indian River||$145 million|
|St. Johns||$70 million|
|Santa Rosa||$63 million|
|Franklin||Less than $1 million|
In 2014, Florida ranked eighth among the states in the United States with agricultural exports topping $4.0 billion, according to U.S. Census Bureau.
Top Five Florida Agricultural Exports - 2013
|Commodity Group||Export Value in Dollars|
|Meats, Fresh and Frozen||$598,481,174|
|Fruit, Vegetables, Juices||$436,449,017|
|Edible Fruits, Nut||$413,889,996|
Florida's Agricultural Importers - 2013
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- Certificate of Origin and Free Sale
- Crops in Season Now
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- Florida Seafood and Aquaculture Overview and Statistics
- Florida Agricultural Statistics Service
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- UF-IFAS Report on Economic Contributions of Florida Agriculture 2012
- UF-IFAS Report on Economic Contributions of Florida Agriculture 2011
- UF-IFAS Report on Economic Contributions of Florida Agriculture 2010
- UF-IFAS Report on Economic Contributions of Florida Agriculture 2009
- UF-IFAS Report on Economic Contributions of Florida Agriculture 2008
- UF-IFAS Report on Economic Contributions of Florida Agriculture 2007
- USDA Census of Agriculture