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"When Florida Crystals was founded in Palm Beach County in 1960, the company grew sugar cane on 4,000 acres of land and produced 10,000 tons of raw sugar. After 50 years of growth, we are proud to continue to have our now global headquarters here in Palm Beach County."
Pepe Fanjul, Jr., Executive Vice President, Florida Crystals
Agriculture is a core component of Palm Beach County’s economy. 36% of the county’s land mass, 456,001 acres is dedicated to agriculture. According to Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service, Palm Beach County’s estimated $1.38 billion in total agricultural sales for 2014-15 leads the State of Florida and all counties east of the Mississippi River, and is one of the ten largest county agricultural industries in the United States.
Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the state in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, and celery. Annual revenue within the county from landscape and landscape maintenance tops the state at $450 million.
Palm Beach County’s diverse agricultural infrastructure includes:
• Three major sugar manufacturing mills, one sugar refinery, and a major sugar and molasses port shipping facility
• A rice processing and packaging mill
• Nine fresh vegetable packinghouses
• 476 horticultural nurseries
• A major hydroponic tomato growing operation
• An agricultural by-product electrical cogeneration plant
Palm Beach County’s ag industry is also distinguished by world-famous polo, dressage, and jumpers stadiums and an equestrian racetrack training facility, as well as the largest county-wide golf course revenue in the state at $664 million annually.
Palm Beach County’s agricultural extension programs introduce growers to new plant varieties, pest control techniques, alternative agriculture methods, business management skills, practical skills from conversational Spanish for the farm manager to CPR and farm equipment operation. Extension agents also assist government and private agencies in developing policies for land use, tax assessment, and water use and conservation. Click here for more info.
Where can you get more information?
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Kelly Smallridge, President and CEO
Gary Hines, Senior Vice President, Administration
Brian Cartland, Vice President, Business Recruitment
Shawn Rowan, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
Shereena Coleman, Vice President, Business Retention and Expansion
Luke Jackson, Vice President, The Glades Region