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The tables below offer information about Florida agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Florida ranks RANK among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 6,843,731 100.0% 10
Livestock and products 1,484,136 21.7% 28
Crops 5,359,594 78.3% 5
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Florida's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Florida's top commodities in each of Florida's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Florida's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 6.5% Greenhouse/nursery 23.8%
Dairy products 6.3% Oranges 14.3%
Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 3.0% Cane for sugar 8.0%
Chicken eggs 2.3% Tomatoes 7.3%
Aquaculture 0.5% Grapefruit 2.7%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Over 3/4 of Florida's total agricultural production falls into the crops group, with greenhouse and nursery products leading the way. Very important crops are oranges, cane for sugar, and tomatoes followed by grapefruit.

Cattle and calves and dairy products are Florida's most important sources of revenue in the livestock and livestock products group. Broilers and eggs follow, with Florida aquaculture (aquarium fish, aquatic plants, shellfish, alligators, catfish, tilapia, hybrid striped bass) rounding out the top five commodities in the livestock group.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Florida.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1.Greenhouse/nursery 1,628,672 23.8%
2.Oranges 980,309 14.3%
3. Cane for sugar 549,669 8.0%
4.Tomatoes 500,472 7.3%
5.Cattle and calves 443,145 6.5%
6.Dairy products 431,616 6.3%
7.Broilers(9-12 week old chickens) 208,440 3.0%
8. Grapefruit 186,543 2.7%
9.Strawberries 177,997 2.6%
10.Chicken eggs 159,878 2.3%
11. Corn, sweet 110,382 1.6%
12.Potatoes 97,115 1.4%
13. Cucumbers 83,426 1.2%
14. Tangerines 69,880 1.0%
15. Peanuts 68,068 1.0%
16. Watermelons 67,200 1.0%
17. Squash 45,392 0.7%
18.Aquaculture 32,139 0.5%
19. Cabbage 30,932 0.5%
20.Cotton 28,704 0.4%
21. Blueberries 25,200 0.4%
22. Honey 20,090 0.3%
23.Tobacco 17,226 0.3%
Beans, snap *    
Mushrooms *    
*Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Florida agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

Snap beans and mushrooms are among the top 25 commodities produced in Florida but, because specific data are not available, it is not known how they rank among the others.

The 2004 table above contains information about Florida agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of greenhouse and nursery products is 1,628,672. This number represents a dollar value of $1,628,672,000 (1,628,672 x 1,000): one billion, six hundred and twenty-eight million, six hundred and seventy-two thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Florida. For example, greenhouse and nursery products account for 23.8% of Florida's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated by the production of greenhouse and nursery products in Florida amount to almost 1/4 of the state's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of cane for sugar (55% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of grapefruit (66% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of oranges (62% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of squash (23% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of tangerines (60% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of watermelons (21% of U.S. production).

Florida farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Florida farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
43,000 10,105,000 30% 235
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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