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Palm Beach County Agricultural Facts

 
With an estimated $1.42 billion in total agricultural sales for 2010-11, Palm Beach County leads the State of Florida, all counties east of the Mississippi River, and its one of the ten largest in the United States.

Palm Beach County leads the nation in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn, and sweet bell peppers. It leads the State in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, and celery.

Palm Beach County agricultural infrastructure includes:

  • Three major sugar manufacturing mills
  • One sugar refinery
  • Fourteen fresh vegetable packinghouses
  • 476 horticultural nurseries
  • Major hydroponic tomato growing operation
  • Rice processing and packaging mill
  • Agricultural by-product electrical cogeneration plant
  • Major sugar and molasses port shipping facility
  • Equestrian racetrack training facility
  • World-famous polo, dressage, and jumpers stadiums
  • Largest county golf course revenue in the state at $664 million
  • Largest county landscape and landscape maintenance annual revenue in the state at $450 million
  • One of the largest county retail garden center annual sales in the state at $279 million
In 2010-11, the 459,865 acres dedicated to agriculture represent 36% of the total land mass in the county.

Palm Beach County is third in the state in nursery production.

It leads the state in agricultural wages and salary with over $316 million.