Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida Agriculture Overview and Statistics

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 and the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. FASS provides producers of agricultural commodities with unbiased and reliable information to assist them in making production and marketing decisions.

In 2015, Florida had 47,300 commercial farms and ranches, using a total of 9.45 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, sugarcane, fresh market snap beans and fresh market cucumbers; second in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, bell peppers, strawberries, fresh market sweet corn, spring potatoes, peanuts, tangerines and avocados; 10th in beef cows; and accounted for 56 percent of total U.S. citrus production. Florida ranked seventh in the U.S. for agricultural exports, with over $4 billion of agriculture commodities shipped in 2015.

Total Production Value of Florida Products  — 2015

Value of Florida products by percentage

 Product

 Percent of U.S. Value

Value in Dollars 

Oranges

60 percent

$1.17 billion

Grapefruit

58 percent

$117 million

Sugarcane for sugar and seed

54 percent

$515 million

Fresh Cucumbers

37 Percent

$64.4 million

Fresh Market Tomatoes

36 Percent

$453 million

Snap Beans

32 percent

$76.3 million

Bell Peppers

27 percent

$220 million

Sweet Corn

23 percent

$155 million

Watermelon

18 percent

$88.2 million

Squash

16 percent

$27.5 million

Strawberries

13 percent

$291 million

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services
*2014 Cash Receipts Total

Farms and Land in Farms

In 2015, Florida had 47,300 commercial farms, using a total of 9.45 million acres. There were 5,600 farms with sales exceeding $100,000. The average farm size was 200 acres. Florida ranks 18th among all states in number of farms and 29th in land in farms.

Florida Farms and Land in Farms

 Year

 Total Number of Farms

 Total Acres

 Average Farm Size

2015

47,300

9,450,000

200 acres

2014

47,600

9,500,000

200 acres

2013

48,000

9,550,000

199 acres

2012

47,700

9,550,000

200 acres

2011

47,500

9,250,000

195 acres

2010

47,500

9,250,000

195 acres

2009

47,500

9,250,000

195 acres

2008

47,500

9,250,000

195 acres

2007

47,500

9,300,000

196 acres

2006

41,000

9,460,000

231 acres

2005

42,000

9,570,000

228 acres

2004

43,200

9,830,000

228 acres

2003

44,000

10,040,000

228 acres

2002

44,000

10,300,000

234.1 acres

Cash Receipts

Farm cash receipts from marketing Florida agricultural products in 2014 amounted to $8.46 billion, a slight increase from 2013. Nationally, Florida ranks second in the value of vegetable and melon cash receipts at $1.3 billion, 11th in crop cash receipts with a value of $6.08 billion, and 20th in total cash receipts.

Florida Cash Receipts

Commodity

2013 Receipts

Percent of Total 

All Commodities

$8,462,652,000 

100

Citrus

$1,509,307,000 

17.8

Other Fruits and Nuts

$404,602,000 

4.8

Vegetables and Melons

$1,288,121,000

15.4

Field Crops

$329,596,000 

3.9

Floriculture

$889,950,000 

10.5

Other Crops and Products

$1,143,710,000 

13.5

Milk

$705,282,000 

8.3

Cattle and Calves

$867,792,000 

10.3

Poultry and Eggs

$485,083,000 

5.7

Cane for Sugar/Seed

$514,905,000 

6.1

Other Livestock

$290,613,000 

3.4

Horticulture

In 2015, Florida ranked second in the nation in the production of greenhouse and nursery products, with cash receipts totaling over $889 million. In 2015, the wholesale value of Florida floriculture was over $931 million.   

Vegetables, Melons and Berries

The 2015 value of production for the seven major vegetable crops, potatoes, berries and watermelons totaled $1.50 billion, up 1 percent from 2014. The ranking from the highest to lowest value of the berry, Irish potato, vegetable and watermelon crops are:

  1. Tomatoes
  2. Strawberries
  3. Bell peppers
  4. Sweet corn
  5. Potatoes
  6. Watermelons
  7. Snap beans
  8. Cucumbers
  9. Cabbage
  10. Squash.

Crops that increased in percentage and value were: bell peppers (+34%), sweet corn (+20%), watermelons (+10%) and tomatoes (+4%). Crops that decreased in value and percentage included: snap beans (-1%), strawberries (-5%), potatoes (-1%), cucumbers (-27%), squash (-32%) and cabbage (-32%). 

Citrus

Florida accounted for 56 percent of the total U.S. citrus production with 112.65 million boxes of citrus in the 2014-2015 season, California totaled 44 percent, and Texas and Arizona combined for 3 percent. Florida’s all orange production decreased 8 percent to 96.8 million boxes. All grapefruit production is down nearly 18 percent to 12.9 million boxes. Production of honey tangerines is down 28 percent and early tangerines were down 12.9 percent, resulting in a 22 percent decrease in all tangerines. Tangelo production was down 23 percent.

Florida Citrus Production

Florida Citrus Production

 Citrus Crop Year

 Sales On-Tree Value

2014-2015

$1,034,114,000

2013-2014

$1,173,181,000

2012-2013

$1,164,763,000 

2011-2012

$1,640,423,000

2010-2011

$1,368,626,000

2009-2010

$1,131,107,000

2008-2009

$1,046,735,000

2007-2008

$1,283,994,000

2006-2007

$1,499,112,000

2005-2006

$1,024,610,000

2004-2005

$754,169,000

2003-2004

$891,500,000

Forestry

As of 2014, Florida timberland ownership, which supports the forest products industry, was 71 percent private, 1 percent state and local, and 11 percent federal. Florida’s 15.4 million acres of timberlands supported economic activities that generated $16.09 billion in total output impacts in 2014.

Total other property income impacts, such as interests, rents, royalties and dividends were $2.15 billion in 2014, with the largest share generated by pulp and paper manufacturing at $1.71 billion. Forest tract management and logging activities generated $269 million, the secondary forest products sectors generated $218 million, and lumber, veneer and panels manufacturing generated $1.02 million.

Field Crops

The 2015 total value of production of corn, cotton, cottonseed, hay, peanuts, soybeans and wheat totaled $345 million, a decrease of 8 percent from the previous year’s total of $374 million. The total value of corn production was valued at $26.8 million, a 36 percent decrease. The value of soybean production, valued at $9.42 million, decreased 33 percent. Peanut value of production, valued at $124 million, decreased 14 percent. The hay value of production, valued at $130 million, down 3 percent. 

Livestock

All cattle and calves on Florida farms and ranches as of January 1, 2016, including dairy cattle, totaled 1.69 million head, up 10,000 from 2015. The three top-ranking counties for cattle were Okeechobee, Highlands and Osceola. Beef cows in Florida were 915,000 head, up 9,000 head from 2015. Nationally, Florida ranked 10th in beef cows and 18th in total cattle. Calves born during 2015 totaled 800,000 head, down 20,000 head from 2015.

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.

Florida County Value of

County

Total

Palm Beach

$999 million

Miami-Dade

$604 million

Hendry

$499 million

Hillsborough

$378 million

Polk

$350 million

Manatee

$298 million

Suwannee

$296 million

Highlands

$273 million

Okeechobee

$257 million

Orange

$262 million

Collier

$203 million

Hardee

$218 million

DeSoto

$198 million

Marion

$188 million

St. Lucie

$168 million

Martin

$165 million

Indian River

$145 million

Lake

$142 million

Volusia

$111 million

Osceola

$109 million

Glades

$107 million

Lee

$106 million

Charlotte

$103 million

Alachua

$101 million

Jackson

$93 million

Gilchrist

$89 million

Lafayette

$88 million

Levy

$80 million

Pasco

$74 million

St. Johns

$70 million

Santa Rosa

$63 million

Gadsden

$54 million

Madison

$52 million

Jefferson

$48 million

Broward

$47 million

Brevard

$46 million

Hamilton

$45 million

Putnam

$44 million

Escambia

$43 million

Sumter

$42 million

Exports

Florida County Value of Agricultural Products Sold

Walton

$29 million

Holmes

$29 million

Hernando

$28 million

Seminole

$27 million

Sarasota

$25 million

Calhoun

$20 million

Dixie

$19 million

Flagler

$17 million

Citrus

$14 million

Washington

$14 million

Bradford

$13 million

Monroe

$11 million

Nassau

$6 million

Taylor

$6 million

Leon

$4 million

Bay

$3 million

Pinellas

$3 million

Wakulla

$2 million

Liberty

$2 million

Franklin

Less than $1 million

In 2014, Florida ranked seventh among the states in the United States with agricultural exports topping $4 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Map of the world with major shipping routes of Florida products marked

Top 10 Florida Agricultural Exports — 2015

Top Five Florida Agricutlural Exports

Commodity Group

Export Value in Dollars ($millions) 

Meats, Fresh and Frozen 

$597.9 

Miscellaneous, edible preps

$461.2

Vegetables, Fruit, prepared

$451.1 

Edible Fruits, Nut

$370.8 

Beverages

$334.6 

Fish, Crustaceans, others

$302.8 

Edible Vegetables

$293.9 

Dairy products

$252.8 

Cereal, flour, starch

$179.2 

Fats, animal, vegetable

$125.7 

Source: Euromonitor International

Florida's Agricultural Importers — 2014

Florida's Agricultural Importers — 2014

Country

Total

Canada

$874,559,647

Dominican Republic

$219,099,361 

Mexico 

$215,873,609

Bahamas

$201,816,215

Panama

$160,928,674 

Netherlands

$146,368,305 

Colombia

$140,304,732 

Trinidad & Tobago

$134,511,488 

Costa Rica

$ 86,563,346 

Jamaica

$ 86,110,714

Guatemala

$ 85,225,511 

Source: Euromonitor International

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