Agriculture’s impact on Florida is huge. In fact, a just-released UF/IFAS study showed that Florida’s combined agriculture, natural resources and food industries added $132 billion to the state’s economy in 2015 alone. To support this economic sector, UF/IFAS Extension offers education to producers across the state, ensuring that the crop varieties they grow and the management methods they use are all backed by the best science available. Whether it’s citrus or soil, livestock or lettuce, find resources from UF/IFAS experts on topics that span the entirety of agriculture.
Florida’s livestock industry is a huge part of the economy, contributing over $1.5 billion annually.
Cattle ranchers, dairy farmers and other livestock producers can find knowledge on topics such as business management, facilities and equipment, nutrition, and more. UF/IFAS Extension also offers the UF Veterinary Extension and the UF/IFAS Florida Dairy Extension.
The beef industry in Florida provides not only food, but also many jobs.
- Florida Dairy Extension
The central gateway to online UF Dairy Extension material for the Florida dairy industry.
Goats in Florida are raised for their milk and meat.
More than 70% of Florida’s 500,000 horses are used for competition and recreation.
The Florida poultry industry centers on chickens, raised both for meat and eggs.
Florida’s swine number about 100,000.
- Other Livestock
Rabbits, sheep, emu, and llamas are raised for their meat, skin, and other products.
- UF Veterinary Extension
The goal of veterinary Extension is outreach and education by providing animal health leadership and information resources to Florida’s various commodity groups, the private sector, county Extension faculty, and university faculty.
State & Federal Agencies
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS)
- Fish and Wildlife Research Institute–Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Florida Department of Environmental Protection
- South Florida Information Access (SOFIA)—U.S. Geological Survey
- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- U.S. Forest Service–USDA
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
- U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)