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Division of Plant Industry Helps Protect Growing Industries

July 24, 2013

As a regulatory agency of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Division of Plant Industry (DPI) works to detect, intercept and control plant and honey bee pests that threaten Florida’s native and commercially grown plants and agricultural resources.

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A new economic  report from the University of Florida Food and Resource Education Department (FRED) shows that the agricultural and natural resources industries we protect are increasing in value. According to the UF economists, farming, mining, forestry and related food industries contributed $104 million to Florida’s economy in 2011, up from a low point of $800 million in 2008. That amounts to 14.2 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.

This is the sixth annual survey Dr. Alan W. Hodges and his associates have produced. The Florida Farm Bureau Federation sponsored the survey.

Direct employment in agriculture and related jobs for 2011 was 1.4 million — roughly the fruitsandveggiessame number of jobs in 2008 right before the recession hit in 2008. The analysis showed that in 2008 the combined industries employed 1.96 million workers, payed $67.5 billion in wages and benefits and business taxes of $11.8 billion to local, state and federal governments.

Read the Gainesville Sun’s article on the survey here, or download the full report from UF/IFAS at

http://www.fred.ifas.ufl.edu/economic-impact-analysis/pdf/Florida%20Counties.pdf

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