ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE
Citrus is the crop that people worldwide identify with Florida, but it is not the top moneymaker. Although Florida is no longer the world top producer of citrus, it remains an important part of our states economy, contributing $9 billion annually and 76,000 jobs.
GARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE
Citrus has faced many threats over the years, including freezes, hurricanes, the Mediterranean fruit fly, citrus canker, and most recently citrus greening. Another threat to citrus is more subtle, but potentially devastating. Several health advocates have pointed out that citrus juice is high in carbohydrates, and many people have given up the daily dose of Florida sunshine. Do your part, start your day with a glass of OJ.
Quick, what is Florida’s most economically important crop?
If you guessed citrus, guess again. Citrus is the crop that people worldwide identify with Florida, but it is not the top moneymaker. Greenhouse and nursery crops are number one, accounting for over a quarter of cash receipts. Citrus is second, with cattle and calves next, and then sugar cane. All other agricultural products account for just over a quarter of cash receipts.
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