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Agriculture is a core component of Palm Beach County’s economy. 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. In fact, 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 has lead 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.
TECHNOLOGY IN AGRIBUSINESS
Everglades Research & Education Center
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2020, the Everglades Research & Education Center (EREC) near Belle Glade is an agricultural and environmental research and education unit of the University of Florida's, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The sixteen scientists, along with eighty staff members, are from various academic disciplines (see faculty list) and participate in interdisciplinary team approaches to investigate agricultural and environmental issues.
The mission of the Everglades Research and Education Center is to conduct research and extension programs in southern Florida that will explore and promote profitable and sustainable agricultural systems. These systems should conserve and protect our soil, water, and natural resources, and contribute to an improved quality of life for Florida citizens.
Everglades Research and Education Center
3200 East Palm Beach Road
Belle Glade, FL 33430-4702
Phone: (561) 993-1500
The agricultural Extension agents in Palm Beach County serve one of the largest agricultural counties in the U. S. in value of products sold, exceeding one billion dollars annually.
Agricultural agents introduce growers to new plant varieties and pest control techniques as well as new regulations or changes in regulations affecting production methods and worker safety. Information is provided on alternative agriculture interests such as vegetable gardening, tissue culture, and raising earthworms.
The nursery industry benefits from seminars on business management skills. The use of low energy landscape designs is encouraged and workshops are conducted on propagation, irrigation management, fertilization, and plant selection and care.
Practical skills training offered through the agricultural safety program have ranged from conversational Spanish for the farm manager to CPR, farm equipment operation, maintenance, and safety, land leveling, and sprayer calibration.
Extension agents assist government and private agencies in developing policies for land use, tax assessment, and water use and conservation. Governmental policy-makers are informed of the positive economic impact of agribusiness, as well as the industry's needs.
Scientists and farmers from around the world have toured the area to see the progressive production techniques used by agricultural producers in Palm Beach County.
With an estimated $1.397 billion in total agricultural sales for 2017-18, Palm Beach County leads the State of Florida, all counties east of the Mississippi River, and its one of the ten largest 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.
The Clayton E. Hutcheson
Agricultural Services Center
559 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33415
South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.
9067 Southern Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
Kubota Agriplex is one of the premiere agricultural facilities in the state of florida and a multi-purpose event location in the heart of Palm Beach County! Centrally located in Palm Beach County, the South Florida Fair Agriplex provides easy access from all parts of "booming" South Florida by both Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike, the Agriplex at the South Florida Fairgrounds offers 51,000 usable square feet of exhibit space ideal for:
Glades Formulating Corporation
Morning Star Harvesting
Pioneer Growers Cooperative
Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
Palm Beach County’s diverse agricultural infrastructure includes:
Two 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.
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.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
Check out the Glades Region of Palm Beach County, which has over 500,000 of developable land:
Vice President, Business Facilitation & The Glades Region
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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