Florida agriculture by the numbers (infographics)


Statement: Florida’s romaine lettuce crop

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have announced that chopped, bagged romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, region may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified yet. Read more.


Dustin Grooms runs the family strawberry farm with love and duty

Eight years in the Army taught Dustin Grooms a lot about fairness, hard work and duty. Blending that education with the life lessons he learned from his father growing up, he was armed with the maturity and know-how to take on the responsibility of running his family’s strawberry farm. 

“Growing produce is a role that I take seriously,” said Grooms, the 36-year-old farm manager at Fancy Farms in Plant City. “I considered myself a hard but fair drill sergeant, and I apply that to farming, although my crew tells me we aren’t in the Army anymore. 

“The same principles that my dad taught me I try to instill in anyone who works for me. One of the seven Army values is duty, which means to fulfill your obligations. As an American farmer, it is my duty to provide safe, quality and delicious berries to the consumer.”


Spread the word with fun fruit,
veggie facts

FFVA is serving up a new batch of veggie tray-inspired infographics designed to help you educate your friends, neighbors, customers and others about the impact and nutrition of specialty crops in a fun, consumer-friendly way. 

The four infographics highlight interesting facts and figures to encourage awareness and consumption of some of Florida’s top-grown produce: oranges, strawberries, tomatoes and sweet corn. Who knows – they may even help you at Trivia Night some weekend.

For example, did you know that on average there are 200 tiny seeds on a strawberry? Or that the average ear of corn has 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows? The graphics are made to be widely shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever other channels you use.  


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