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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
(850) 487-8000

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

Manatee County

Located in Central West Florida

Manatee County
  Volume
(Acres, Head)
Jan-Mar Apr-Jun Jul-Sep Oct-Dec
Seafood
Finfish-Pounds (5) 3,009,589 harvesting harvesting harvesting harvesting
Invertebrates-Pounds (5) 232,061 harvesting harvesting harvesting harvesting
Food Shrimp-Pounds (5) 25,947 harvesting harvesting harvesting harvesting
Bait Shrimp-Pounds (5) 17,030 harvesting harvesting harvesting harvesting
Apiculture
Bee Colonies (1) 7,464 active active active active
Citrus
Grapefruit (3) 604 harvest harvest fruit set harvest
Oranges (3) 19,264 harvest harvest fruit set harvest
Tangeloes, tangerines,
lemons, etc. (3)
448 harvest harvest fruit set harvest
Field Crops
Forage (1) 5,055 dormant grow mow/grow mow/grow
Fruit, Nuts and Melons
Cantaloupes (1) 650 plant harvest    
Grapes (1) 71 grow fruit set harvest dormant
Mangoes (1) 3 growing fruit set harvest growing
Watermelon (1) 1,900 plant harvest    
Horticulture
Acres in open (1) 4,903 in production in production in production in production
Greenhouses/sq ft (1) 6,625,064 in production in production in production in production
Livestock
Beef Cattle/Calves (4) 48,000 over-winter calving growing growing
Dairy Cattle (4) 3,200 in production in production in production in production
Horses/Ponies (1) 1,565 over-winter foaling growing growing
Poultry-Layers (1) 3,721 in production in production in production in production
Sheep (1) 175 over-winter lambing growing growing
Vegetables
Cucumbers (1) 5,481 harvest   plant harvest
Peppers (1) 156 harvest   plant harvest
Potatoes (1) 3,380 harvest   plant harvest
Snap Beans (1) 522 harvest   plant harvest
Squash (1) 482 harvest   plant harvest
Sweet Corn (1) 66 harvest   plant harvest
Tomatoes (1) 11,298 harvest   plant harvest
Sources:
(1) 2002 Census of Agriculture
(2) 2005 USDA NASS Quick Stats
(3) 2004 USDA NASS Quick Stats
(4) 2006 USDA NASS Quick Stats
(5) Average harvest 2002-2004, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

For general info about agriculture in Manatee 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/27/countyLink

Manatee County Cooperative Extension Service
Palmetto
Phone: (941) 722-4524
Fax: (941) 721-6608
Email:
Web: manatee.ifas.ufl.edu/

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

Plant City State Farmers’ Market
Plant City
Zechariah Henderson, Regional Market Supervisor
Cindy Suszko, Senior Market Manager
Phone: (813) 757-9027
Fax: (813) 757-9030
Email:

Manatee County Farm Bureau
Bradenton
Phone: (941) 746-6161
Fax: (941) 748-9439
Web: www.floridafarmbureau.org/county_farm_bureau/Manatee

Manatee River Soil And Water Conservation District
Sarasota
Phone: (941) 907-0011
Fax: (941) 907-0015

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

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Tallahassee
Phone: (850) 488-4676
Web: floridaconservation.org/

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

Gulf Citrus Growers Association
LaBelle
Phone: (863) 675-2180
Fax: (863) 675-8087
Email:
Web: www.gulfcitrus.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 Grape Growers Association
Lake Wales
Phone: (863) 678-0523
Fax: (863) 678-0609
Web: www.fgga.org

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 Holstein Association
Sparr
Phone: (352) 629-4734
Fax: (352) 629-3617

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

Florida Sweet Corn Exchange
Maitland
Phone: (321) 214-5200
Fax: (321) 214-0210
Email:
Web: www.freshsupersweetcorn.com

Florida Tomato Committee
Maitland
Phone: (407) 660-1949
Fax: (407) 660-1656
Email:
Web: www.floridatomatoes.org

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

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