Florida’s famed agricultural industry employs nearly 1.4 million people and contributes more than $131 billion annually to the state’s economy.
The warm climate of Florida offers farmers a growing season 100-200 days longer than in other regions of the country. The highest average annual rainfall in the country among all the states also increases yields, creating ideal conditions for cultivation.
Among the main agricultural products in 2017 were products for greenhouses and nurseries, oranges, tomatoes, dairy products and sugar cane. Florida produces 70% of the annual citrus production in the United States, and 95% of the industrial orange production in the state is mainly used to produce 90% of the national supply of orange juice. Florida ranks second in the country in the production of products for greenhouses and nurseries, ranking first in the state financially, and ranks second in the production of fresh vegetables in the United States.