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Florida is the world leader in phosphate rock production, producing approximately 75 percent of the U.S. phosphate supply and about 25 percent of the world supply annually.

Of the Florida rock mined, 90 percent is used to make fertilizer for the production of food and fiber on Floridas and U. S. farms.

Phosphate was formed millions of years ago, and was first discovered in 1881 in Central Florida along the Peace River.

Studies have shown that Florida has enough phosphate reserves to continue the current rate of mining for more than 250 years.