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Agriculture Press Release

September 12, 2001

Florida farm cash receipts increased 1.4 percent in 2000, Bronson announces

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced today that the state’s farmers received $6.95 billion in cash receipts for crops and other commodities sold in 2000.

The $6,951,096,000 was calculated and released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of USDA and represents a 1.4 percent increase over the previous year’s revised $6.86 billion estimate after a preliminary USDA report of just over $7 billion. Net farm income for 2000 was $2.71 billion, down slightly from the previous year’s $2.8 billion.

"In light of current economic conditions, we’re very pleased that cash receipts to our

growers were up for the year," Bronson said.

As in previous years, the leading crop commodities were oranges, foliage and floriculture, tomatoes, and sugarcane. The leading livestock commodities were milk, cattle and calves, and broilers.

Sales of horticulture products rose $127 million, or 19 percent, to $798.5 million, representing 11.5 percent of all cash receipts. Foliage plant production continued upward in 2000. Florida remained dominant in this category with 69 percent of the nationwide production.

Florida continued as a major producer of bedding and garden plants, and cut cultivated greens. The state leads domestic production of cut cultivated greens with 81 percent of the national production.

Sales of citrus crops amounted to $1.67 billion, a decrease of 2.9 percent from 1999. Florida produced 298 million boxes, up 23 percent over the previous season and only 2 percent below the 1997-98 record crop of 304 million boxes.

Sales of oranges increased $36 million to $1.39 billion, while grapefruit sales decreased $42.6 million to $193 million. More fruit per tree and below-average droppage for all but colored grapefruit spurred a production increase of 25 percent for oranges, 13 percent for grapefruit, and 41 percent for tangerines.

Cash receipts from vegetables and melon crops amounted to $1.46 billion in 2000, up from $1.40 billion the previous year. Receipts from tomatoes of $506.6 million accounted for 35 percent of all vegetable and melon receipts. Strong consumer demand, weather-related complications, and reduced acreage for some crops contributed to the increased receipts for Florida farmers.

Total cash receipts from livestock and livestock products were $1.38 billion, up 1 percent from the previous year and accounted for one-fifth of all cash receipts. Cash receipts for cattle and calves were up 16 percent over the previous year reflecting a continued strong demand for beef.

Egg receipts were up less than 1 percent, but the remainder of poultry-related receipts and milk declined from the previous year.

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