Miami-Dade County's agricultural industry is one of the most diverse in the country. Our County's tropical climate provides a year-round growing season, as well as the ability to produce an extremely wide range of crops.
A farmer's land, in addition to producing crops, also acts as open space that allows for water recharge areas and wildlife habitat, providing a benefit to all residing in Miami-Dade County.
Some facts about agriculture in Miami-Dade County:
- Miami-Dade County is one of very few areas in the United States with winter production of fruits and vegetables and with production of certain ornamental plants and tropical crops.
- About 89 percent of the County’s agricultural products are shipped out of the region to markets in the northeast and central U.S. and Canada
- Miami-Dade County’s agricultural area is designated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as having soils of unique importance.
- Miami-Dade ranks first in the U.S. in production of ornamental plants and second in Florida in overall farm production value.
As directed by the Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade County and the University of Florida-Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences conducted a comprehensive study released in October 2023 assessing the economic trends related to agriculture in Miami-Dade County and determining the amount of land necessary to maintain an economically viable agricultural industry in Miami-Dade County with the following goals:
- Provide an overview of agriculture in Miami-Dade County
- Document agriculture’s importance to the County and beyond
- Document economic trends for major agriculture crops
- Identify major factors affecting profitability and sustainability
- Identify and evaluate emerging technological changes
- Provide recommendations to improve agriculture’s economic sustainability
- Project future agricultural land needs for 2030, 2040 and 2050 to maintain viability
For questions about this study, email Alex Dambach at [email protected] or call 305-375-2835.
Miami-Dade County Agricultural Manager
10710 SW 211 Street
Miami, FL 33189