At the UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA'S INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, we are not just committed to growing better crops, we're committed to being a better neighbor.
Solutions for Your Life is the Web site of UF/IFAS Extension. With offices in each of Florida's 67 counties, UF/IFAS Extension provides information and educational programs on numerous issues related to agriculture, community development, the environment, families and consumers, lawn and garden care, and youth development.
The Economic Impact Analysis Program at the University of Florida is housed in the Department of Food and Resource Economics and supported by a group of faculty with expertise in regional, marine, and natural resource economics. Activities focus on data collection and analytical studies designed to enhance the understanding of the role played by agricultural and natural resource based industries in the Florida economy.
The University of Florida / Miami-Dade County Extension is the liaison between research conducted by scientists at the University of Florida and other universities and end users in Miami-Dade County. Our clientele includes growers (agricultural and horticultural), homeowners, youth, people interested in family issues or food and nutrition, and marine industries.
The Electronic Data Information Source (EDIS) of UF/IFAS Extension provides a collection of information on topics relevant to you: profitable and sustainable agriculture, our environment and natural resources, 4-H and other youth programs, Florida-friendly landscapes, communities that are vibrant and prosperous, and economic well-being and life quality for individuals and families.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) is the main source of economic information and research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Located in Washington, DC, with approximately 450 employees, ERS research informs and enhances public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development.
Since 1915, Fruit and Vegetable Market News (FVMN) reports have provided an exchange of information among growers, shippers, wholesalers, and others on current supplies, demand, and prices of over 400 fresh fruit, vegetable, nut, ornamental, and other specialty crops. Because of the perishable and seasonal nature of fresh fruits and vegetables, prices and supplies fluctuate rapidly from day to day, and even from hour to hour.
The USDA Economics and Statistics System contains nearly 300 reports and datasets from the economics agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These materials cover U.S. and international agriculture and related topics. Most reports are text files that contain time-sensitive information. Most data sets are in spreadsheet format and include time-series data that are updated yearly.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products, build new markets, improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace, and provide food aid and technical assistance to foreign countries.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service's Production, Supply and Distribution (PSD) online database contains current and historical official USDA data on production, supply and distribution of agricultural commodities for the United States and key producing and consuming countries. Users may select from a menu of pre-defined tables categorized by commodity or commodity group, or create custom queries for specific commodities, attributes and/or countries.
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) provides timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to U. S. agriculture, including census of agriculture.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) includes six commodity programs--Cotton, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Seed, Poultry, and Tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities. Other AMS' programs include the Transportation and Marketing Program and the Science and Technology Program.
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)'s responsibilities are organized into 5 areas: Farm Credit, Farm Programs, Commodity Operations, Management, and State Operations. Stabilizing farm income, helping farmers conserve land and water resources, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and helping farm operations recover from the effects of disaster are the missions of the FSA.
The Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Trade Act of 2002, established Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers. The purpose of TAA for Farmers is to help agricultural producers and fishermen adjust to import competition. The amended program provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible farmers and fishermen from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and access to Department of Labor (DOL) retraining and education programs. This site also provides links to obtaining cash benefits from Farm Service Agency (FSA) and retraining benefits from the Department of Labor.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Statistical Databases (FAOSTAT) is an on-line and multilingual database currently containing over 3 million time-series records covering international statistics in the following areas: Production, Trade, Food Balance Sheets, Producer Prices, Forestry Trade Flow, Land Use and Irrigation, Forest Products, Fishery Products, Population, Codex Alimentarius Food Quality Control, Fertilizer and Pesticides, Agricultural Machinery, Food Aid Shipments, Exports by Destination.
The United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade) provides a global centre for data on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment, transport and demographic and social statistics gathered from many national and international sources.
Cost of Production for Florida Vegetables Website provides links presents estimated costs of production major vegetable crops produced in one or more of 8 producing areas in Florida from year 1997-2004. For each crop contained in this report there are two sets of tables that present that provide information for each crop. The first set of table present the estimated cost of production per acre and per unit, and estimated net returns for various price and yield combination activity. The second set of tables present a breakdown of fixed and variable machinery and implement costs.
The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service (FASS) is the main agricultural data gathering agency in Florida with the purpose of collecting, compiling and providing current statistics. A primary goal of the FASS is to provide farmers, ranchers and other producers of agricultural commodities with unbiased and reliable information to assist them in making production and marketing decisions.
RAND Florida Business and Economic Statistics contains information on employment, unemployment, industry and occupational wages, occupational projections, construction and real estate (including non-residential vacancy rates), inflation, foreign trade, retail and taxable sales, sales tax rates, gross state product, personal and per capita income, farm income, and airport operating statistics.
The UF/IFAS and FAMU Small Farms website provides links and other resources for small farmers including, how to get started, enterprise budgeting, business planning, financing grants, and much more. Farmers using the site can select topics on enterprises of special interest to them, including aquaculture, cut flowers, livestock, and organic farming. Each topic includes information on production, marketing, and economics as well as other appropriate links.
The Tropical Fruit Growers of South Florida (TFGSF) members have volunteered their time and money over the years to help the tropical fruit industry reach for the prominence in the marketplace that the growers have long felt it deserves through means of education, acquisition of funds, and lots of legwork. TFGSF today continues to be active in local farming issues, promoting Florida's tropical fruit industry at trade shows, seeking sources of funding for research and education, and keeping a place for Florida's tropical fruit in this dynamic market.
AgClimate is an interactive website with climate, agriculture, and forestry information that allows users to assess resource management options with respect to their probable outcomes under forecast climate conditions. AgClimate uses crop simulation models along with historic and forecast climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.
The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association (FFVA) is a non-profit, agricultural trade organization whose mission is to enhance the competitive and business environment for producing and marketing fruits, vegetables and other crops. FFVA do so by managing issues and providing collective services for members.
The Florida Tomato Committee is a Federal Marketing Order that was established pursuant to Federal Marketing Agreement and Order No. 966, as amended, regulating the handling of tomatoes and has authority over the tomatoes grown in Florida's production area comprising the counties of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Osceola, Brevard and all counties situated south. It affects tomatoes that are shipped outside the regulated area, which includes that portion of the state of Florida situated east of the Suwanee River and south of the Georgia border. The Committee funds marketing research and development projects, and marketing promotions including advertising and other projects which improve or promote the marketing, distribution and consumption of fresh Florida tomatoes.