No, really I’m down here to speak at the Farm Roads to Urban Intersections workshop with the Agriculture Institute of Florida. This is a great workshop series focusing on social media use in Agriculture. I will be giving tools and tips for blogging to a diverse group of farmers and agriculture professionals in attendance. It should be a great trip!
As I do every time I travel to a different state, I look ahead to the diversity in Agriculture for the region. Here’s some great Agriculture facts for Florida!
- If all the boxes of Florida tomatoes shipped in a crop year were laid end to end, they would stretch from Pensacola round-trip to Beijing, China – over 58 million boxes!
- All the potatoes produced in Florida in a crop year could sink a battleship – 9,112,000 cwt
- Florida farmers grow enough sweet corn for all 18,000,000 people in Florida to have an ear weekly – 1 billion ears of sweet corn
- Horticulture products are the highest agricultural cash crop in Florida
- Florida leads the nation in production of oranges
- Pierson, FL is known as the Fern Capitol of the World
2011 Florida Agriculture Statistics
- Number of farms – 47,500
- Acres of farm land – 9,250,000
- Average farm size in acres – 195
- Number of cattle and calves – 1,710,000
- Number of hogs and pigs – 16,000
- Number of milk cows – 119,000
- Pounds of milk produced – 2,269,000,000
- Pounds of peanuts harvested - 549,500,000
- Bales of cotton – 183,000
- Tons of sugarcane grown - 14,865,000
Click here for more statistics on Florida agriculture from the USDA.
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