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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Mayo Building, M-9
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 487-8000

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Charles H. Bronson, Commissioner

Desoto County

Located in Central West Florida

Desoto County
  Volume
(Acres, Head)
Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Sep Oct-Dec
Apiculture
Bee Colonies (1) 8,835 active active active active
Citrus
Grapefruit (3) 438 harvest harvest fruit set harvest
Oranges (3) 67,020 harvest harvest fruit set harvest
Tangeloes, tangerines,
lemons, etc. (3)
1,101 harvest harvest fruit set harvest
Field Crops
Forage (1) 5,598 semi-dormant grow mow/grow mow/grow
Fruit, Nuts and Melons
Blueberries (1) 5 fruit set harvest growing growing
Watermelon (1) 1,328 harvest harvest plant growing
Horticulture
Acres in open (1) 5,297 in production in production in production in production
Greenhouses/sq ft (1) 565,944 in production in production in production in production
Livestock
Beef Cattle/Calves (4) 73,000 over-winter calving growing growing
Goats (1) 373 over-winter kidding growing growing
Horses/Ponies (1) 1,187 over-winter foaling growing growing
Poultry-Layers (1) 251 in production in production in production in production
Sources:
(1) 2002 Census of Agriculture
(2) 2005 USDA NASS Quick Stats
(3) 2004 USDA NASS Quick Stats
(4) 2006 USDA NASS Quick Stats

For general info about agriculture in Desoto County, contact:

Farm Service Agency
Wauchula
V. Shawn Brabant, County Executive Director
Phone: (863) 773-4764
Fax: (863) 773-2445
Email:
Web: offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?service=action/1/CountyText/c/countyLink

Desoto County Cooperative Extension Service
Arcadia
Phone: (863) 993-4846
Fax: (863) 993-4849
E-mail:
Web: desoto.ifas.ufl.edu/

Wauchula State Farmers’ Market
Wauchula
Diana Durrance, Market Manager
Phone: (863) 773-9850
Fax: (863) 773-3802
Email:

Desoto County Farm Bureau
Arcadia
Phone: (863) 494-3636
Fax: (863) 494-4332
Web: www.floridafarmbureau.org/county_farm_bureau/DeSoto

Desoto Soil And Water Conservation District (Peace River)
Wauchula
Phone: (863) 773-9644
Fax: (863) 773-2445

For info about specific crops grown in Desoto County, contact:

Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association
Arcadia
Phone: (863) 494-0061
Phone: (863) 773-2644
Fax: (863) 494-4976
Email:
Web: www.prvcga.org/

Citrus Grower Associates, Inc.
Lakeland
Phone: (863) 665-0709
Fax: (863) 667-3787

Florida Citrus Mutual
Lakeland
Phone: (863) 682-1111
Fax: (863) 682-1074
Web: flcitrusmutual.com/content/

Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association
Maitland
Phone: (321) 214-5200
Fax: (321) 214-0210
Email:
Web: www.ffva.com/

Florida Blueberry Growers Association
Gainesville
Phone: (352) 392-4711
Fax: (352) 393-1928
Email:
Web: www.floridablueberrygrowers.com/index.html

Florida Watermelon Association
Immokalee
Phone: (239) 658-1442
Fax: (239) 658-1448
Web: www.flfwa.com

Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association
Orlando
Phone: (407) 295-7994
Fax: (407) 295-1619
Email:
Web: www.fngla.org

Florida Association of Livestock Markets
Kissimmee
Phone: (407) 846-4557
Fax: (407) 933-8209

Florida Cattlemen’s Association
Kissimmee
Phone: (407) 846-6221
Fax: (407) 933-8209
Email:
Web: www.floridacattlemen.org/

Florida Dairy Goat Association
Tallahassee
Phone: (850) 421-4452
Fax: (850) 421-4452
Web: fdga.org/

Florida Meat Goat Association
Lake Butler
Phone: (386) 496-3166
Fax: (386) 496-4455

Florida Poultry Federation
Tampa
Phone: (813) 628-4551
Fax: (813) 620-4008
Email:

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