Orange County Farm Bureau Hosts Annual Elected Officials Luncheon
The Orange County Farm Bureau held its 2017 Elected Officials Luncheon at the Citrus Club on May 9. Every year, the Farm Bureau’s board of directors updates Orange County officials on the nursery industry, agricultural lending and industry needs.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, the Board of County Commissioners, Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond and Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings attended the meeting which provided insight on the future of agriculture in Orange County.
The Orange County Farm Bureau assists in upholding the state’s reputation as a national leader in the agriculture and farming sector and is part of the Florida Farm Bureau Federation (FFBF). FFBF was founded to promote and protect the agricultural interests of farmers and ranchers as they work responsibly to provide an abundant food supply using Florida’s natural resources.
As of 2015, more than 155,000 jobs in Orange County are related to agriculture, according to a study done by the University of Florida. Studies show that nearly 18 percent of Orange County residents work in an agriculture-related field, including those producing and processing goods.
Ranked number 19 in the state, Orange County, specifically West Orange County, is a citrus industry leader. Our nursery, greenhouse, floriculture and sod industry is ranked second in the state and fifth in the nation.
Florida’s agriculture industry supports more than two million jobs and produces approximately 300 commodities. There are 47,600 farm operations in the state, covering more than 9.5 million acres of land.
Photo Caption: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joins Executive Director of the Orange County Farm Bureau Bobby Beagles at the annual Orange County Farm Bureau Elected Officials Luncheon at the Citrus Club.