At a glance: Florida agriculture by the numbers

RCMA Farmworker Hurricane Relief Fund: Donate here.

South Florida’s farmworker families are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The storm’s disruption of early-season farm work has left many jobless, homeless and running out of cash. Please join FFVA in raising funds to help the Redlands Christian Migrant Association provide immediate basic living essentials and temporary housing needs for these families. Our goal is to raise $100,000 from the specialty crop community. We are optimistic we will have a partner soon to provide matching funds. Thank you for your generosity in helping our workers recover from the storm’s devastation. Please donate today.


Investment in ELDP brings signficant returns

There are a lot of things to be learned in a classroom, but there is no substitute for experience. I am thankful to FFVA for the ELDP program and the opportunity to learn from others. Agriculture is a dynamic industry in every way. This program provided amazing insight into how it’s changing around the country and here right outside our doorstep.



Florida-grown olive oil potential is limitless

With the United States producing only a fraction of the total olive oil consumed nationally each year, the potential for Florida-grown olive oil is nearly limitless.

“We consume about 80 million gallons of olive oil a year, and we (the United States) produce maybe 3 to 4 percent of that,” said Michael O’Hara Garcia, president of the non-profit Florida Olive Council in Gainesville.