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Commercial Horticulture

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A very important economic sector for Alachua County is agriculture. Crops produced in the county are very diverse and include a variety of vegetables, fruits and nuts distributed in farms that occupy approximately 187,985 acres (2012 Census of Agriculture). Fruit, nuts and vegetables add up to more than $31.54 million in direct output, generating approximately 854 direct jobs in the county (Alachua County’s Agricultural Economy Factsheet, 2016).

Vegetable, Fruit Production & Alternative Enterprises

Fruit, nuts and vegetables add up to more than $31.54 million in direct output, generating approximately 854 direct jobs in the County (Alachua County's Agricultural Economy Factsheet, 2016). Our office offers education programs to help producers in several areas of crop production. Other programs focus on Alternative Enterprises such as beekeeping as well as enterpreneur farmer education.

Ornamental Production & Green Industry

The ornamental and landscape nursery and greenhouse industry in the county is valued at approximately 11 million dollars and includes approximately 1.4 million square feet under greenhouse production, and 1,255 acres in the open. According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences, there are about 170 registered nurseries in the county.

Pesticide Licensing

Our office provides training and testing for multiple licenses under the Chapter 482, 487 and 388 of Florida's Statues. For more information and scheduling pesticide exams, please call our office at 352-955-2402.