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Phosphate

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Phosphate Rock Mined (Metric Tons*)
 

Year

Acres

Rock Mined

Employment

Payroll

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

5,839

5,893

6,273

6,355

5,348

34,000,000

32,800,000

35,300,000

33,800,000

29,000,000

8,061

7,850

8,000

8,256

8,043

$456,000,000

$441,000,000

$423,000,000

$404,000,000

$379,000,000

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

4,616

6,094

6,105

5,901

5,791

25,200,000

36,200,000

36,200,000

35,400,000

38,200,000

7,759

9,759

9,759

9,894

9,783

$347,000,000

$420,000,000

$419,000,000

$389,000,000

$375,000,000

*Metric Ton = 2,204.622 pounds

Major Finished Products (Short Tons**)

Year

Diammonium Phosphate

Super/Triple Phosphate

Phosphoric Acid

Monoammonium Phosphate

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

10,769,666

10,728,304

10,727,719

10,836,237

10,151,012

1,937,018

1,397,674

1,589,069

1,858,799

1,926,814

1,414,481

1,403,313

1,256,513

1,175,023

1,203,283

2,340,330

2,189,275

1,781,706

1,548,810

1,651,301

1993

1992

1991

1990

1989

8,722,108

10,036,039

10,461,087

9,485,406

8,810,157

1,701,918

2,181,844

2,335,853

2,597,454

1,620,789

1,298,657

1,749,816

1,421,329

1,675,884

1,273,558

1,329,10

1,121,256

1,043,128

998,917

992,445

**Short Ton = 2,000 pounds
Phosphate Facts
  • 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.

Source: Florida Phosphate Council


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