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Row Crops, Fruits, Vegetables

Row crops grown in Florida include corn, peanuts, cotton, rice, sugarcane, and small grains, as well as forages such as sorghum, millet, oats and clover. Florida's warm climate is perfect for growing a variety of fruits and vegetables. With growing interest in locally grown food, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) may provide a viable marketing opportunity.

row crops

 

Christmas Trees

Nationally, about 30 million real trees are used for Christmas annually. They are grown on farms and plantations in Florida and in almost every other state and Canada. The rule of thumb is to plant two to three trees for every tree cut. Homegrown Florida Christmas trees are a renewable, locally grown resource.

Christmas trees

Management Information

UF-IFAS SFYL - Row Crops:portal to all row crop related information from UF-IFAS.

UF-IFAS SFYL - Fruits and Nuts: portal to all fruit and nut related information from UF-IFAS.

UF-IFAS SFYL - Vegetables and Herbs: portal to all vegetable and herb related information from UF-IFAS.

UF-IFAS SFYL - Organic Production: information about organic production practices, organic standards, and other issues of concern to organic growers and consumers.

UF-IFAS SFYL - Community Supported Agriculture(CSA): A CSA is a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation in exchange for a share in crop harvests. The growers and consumers provide mutual support and share the risks and benefits of food production.

Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN): a source of up to the minute weather information.

USDA Crop Production: USDA strives to sustain and enhance economical crop production by developing and transferring sound, research-derived, knowledge to agricultural producers that results in food and fiber crops that are safe for consumption.

 

Management Information

UF-IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises - Christmas Trees: portal to all Christmas tree production related information from UF-IFAS.

Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN): a source of up to the minute weather information.

 

Management Assistance

Your UF-IFAS County Extension Agent: UF/IFAS has Extension offices in each of Florida’s 67 counties. Twelve Research and Education Centers, Research and Demonstration Sites, and several other offices are located throughout the state.

Taxes

Property Taxes and Greenbelt Law: property owners who use their land for agriculture can save on their county property tax assessment through the state's "greenbelt" law. The law essentially says that any land that is used for bonifide agricultural purposes is classified as agricultural. This means the county property appraiser will tax the land according to its agricultural use-value rather than its value for potential development. This is a much lower tax rate and saves the property owner when it's time to pay the annual property tax bill. Apply with your county property appraiser. Find your County Property Appraiser

Management Assistance

Your UF-IFAS County Extension Agent: UF/IFAS has Extension offices in each of Florida’s 67 counties. Twelve Research and Education Centers, Research and Demonstration Sites, and several other offices are located throughout the state.

USDA Farm Service Agency: Financial and technical assitance programs for agricultural producers.

 

Support

Florida Christmas Tree Association: Promotes production, research for Christamas tree growers in Florida.

National Christmas Tree Associaton: represents Christmas Tree Professionals and promoting the use of Real Christmas Trees. More than 5,100 professionals support NCTA programs through membership; participation (through their state association) in the Tree Industry Partnership (TIP) program and/or individual investments in the Market Expansion Campaign.

Florida Farm Bureau: the Sunshine State's largest general agricultural organization with more than 140,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties.

Taxes

Property Taxes and Greenbelt Law: property owners who use their land for agriculture can save on their county property tax assessment through the state's "greenbelt" law. The law essentially says that any land that is used for bonifide agricultural purposes is classified as agricultural. This means the county property appraiser will tax the land according to its agricultural use-value rather than its value for potential development. This is a much lower tax rate and saves the property owner when it's time to pay the annual property tax bill. Apply with your county property appraiser. Find your County Property Appraiser

Support

Florida Farm Bureau: the Sunshine State's largest general agricultural organization with more than 140,000 member-families representing Farm Bureaus in 60 counties.

 

 

   

 

last updated 9/19/16