Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Interesting facts from the Florida Department of Agriculture

Florida has the fourth largest population, the fourth largest economy, the most golf courses, the most lightning strikes and one of the largest agriculture industries in the nation.

Agriculture is Florida’s second largest industry after tourism, ranking 9th in overall farm revenues ($6.97 B). Meanwhile Florida ranks only 23rd in number of farms. The FDA sees this last statistic as proof of Florida farmers being more efficient.

For us living in Homestead where foliage farms abound, I thought it was interesting to note that foliage plants made up 12% of Florida’s agriculture’s revenues in 2006.