Agribusiness

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

 Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension

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.

 

AGRICULTURE FACTS

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. 

Palm Beach County is third in the state in nursery production.  It leads the state in agricultural wages and salary with over $316 million.



​​The Clayton E. Hutcheson
Agricultural Services Center
559 North Military Trail

West Palm Beach, FL 33415
561-233-1700


 

     Kubota Agriplex
      South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.

      9067 Southern Boulevard 
      West Palm Beach, FL 33411
      (561) 793-0333

 

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:

  • Agricultural Events
  • Special Events
  • Equestrian Shows
  • Trade & Consumer Shows

 

 

 

Florida Crystals

Glades Formulating Corporation

Hugh Branch

Hundley Farms

Morning Star Harvesting

Pioneer Growers Cooperative

Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida

Tellus Products

TKM Farms

U.S. Sugar

Wedgworth's, Inc.

 

 

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.

 

 

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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. 

 

 

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Check out the Glades Region of Palm Beach County, which has over 500,000 of developable land:



  

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Shereena Coleman
 
Vice President, Business Facilitation & The Glades Region
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
scoleman@bdb.org  |  561.835.1008 ext. 4125

 

 

 

Investors

#1 Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Aerojet Rocketdyne Bank of America Bank United Baptist Health South Florida
Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A. CareerSource Carrier DePuy Synthes Power Tools, a Johnson & Johnson Company Equestrian Center
Florida Crystals Corporation FPL Greenberg Traurig Gunster Hardrives, Inc.
HCA Palm Beach Hospitals Hedrick Brothers Construction Hospital for Special Surgery J.C. White JP Morgan Chase
LRP Publications Martens Group Minto Communities, LLC NCCI Nova Southeastern University
Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC Palm Beach Park of Commerce PNC Bank Pratt & Whitney (A United Technologies Company) Raymond James Financial Services/Boynton Financial Group, Inc.
RSM South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine South Florida Business Journal Stiles-Nicholson Foundation TD Bank
Tortoise Properties Wells Fargo & Company Wexford Capital