From the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam celebrated Florida Agriculture Day at the state Capitol with legislators, agriculture groups and members of the community. The Florida Senate passed a resolution today officially recognizing March 18 as Florida Agriculture Day. Agriculture in Florida has a $120 billion economic impact, supports more than 2 million jobs, and produces about 300 commodities.
“More than 47,000 farms in Florida work day in and day out to produce the food and fiber that we depend on,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Today we’re celebrating the people, the families and the businesses that make up Florida agriculture.”
Florida Agriculture Day corresponds with National Agriculture Day and seeks to raise awareness for the importance and contributions of the industry. Here are a few quick facts about the Florida agriculture industry:
• 47,740 farm operations in the state, covering more than 9.5 million acres of land.
• Conserves more than 11 billion gallons of water each year.
• Ranks first in U.S. production of oranges, grapefruit, sweet corn, snap beans, cucumbers, squash, sugarcane and watermelon.
• Second only to California in sales of fresh vegetable production and horticulture.
For more information about the department and how we protect and promote agriculture, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.