The Economic Research Service, USDA, reports that receipts from Florida agricultural products in 2007 amounted to $7.7 billion. This is a 6 percent increase from the previous year, with revised cash receipts totaling $7.2 billion.
Cash receipts from all crops increased 5 percent from 2006, while cash receipts from all livestock and livestock products increased by 14 percent.
Receipts from all crops accounted for 80.9 percent of all cash receipts. As in previous years, the leading crop commodities were oranges (15.4 percent of all cash receipts), foliage and floriculture (11.9 percent), tomatoes (6.1 percent), and sugarcane (5.8 percent).
The leading livestock commodities were cattle and calves (5.9 percent of all cash receipts), dairy products (6.0 percent), and eggs (2.4 percent).
Cash receipts from citrus crops amounted to $1.51 billion dollars, a decrease of 9 percent from 2006. Sales of citrus commodities accounted for 19.7 percent of all sales in Florida. (Receipts for citrus are on a “delivered in” basis without discounting picking and hauling costs.) Sales of grapefruit were up from $187 million in 2006 to $259 million in 2007. Sales for oranges, at $1.2 billion, decreased 15.7 percent from the previous year.
Cash receipts from vegetable and melon crops amounted to $1.6 billion in 2007, up 5.1 percent from 2006, and accounted for 21.6 percent of the total cash receipts. Only green peppers, sweet corn, and tomato cash receipts decreased from the previous year. Receipts of tomatoes, at $464 million, accounted for 28.2 percent of all vegetable and melon receipts and 6.1 percent of all cash receipts.
Receipts for field crops amounted to $613.3 million, up 19.6 percent from last year. Sugarcane, at $445.1 million, increased 18.8 percent from 2006. This accounted for 72.6 percent of the field crop receipts and 5.8 percent of all cash receipts.
Receipts for all major field crops increased in 2007.
Total cash receipts from livestock and livestock products were $1.5 billion, up 13.9 percent from the revised $1.3 billion cash receipts from the previous year. Livestock and livestock products accounted for 19.1 percent of Florida’s cash receipts. Cattle and calves accounted for 30.7 percent of the total cash receipts in this category.