The Commissioners will depart from the Manatee County Government Administrative Center at 9:00 a.m. for a mobile work session to include presentations at various agri businesses.
April 15, 2014 - Mobile Work Session
Agenda Item #1

Manatee County Agriculture: Status, Challenges, and Accomplishment


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Brenda Rogers, Director, Community Services, X3489
Samantha Kennedy, County Extension Director

Action Requested
Work Session.  No Action Required.

This session is a mobile work session. The agenda includes presentations at various agri businesses and a panel discussion with growers. Topics will address the current status of Manatee County Agriculture, issues and challenges, and a look at new and innovative practices.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion
  • The total value of Agriculture's economic impact is estimated at $646 Million.
  • Over 790 farms call Manatee County home utilizing over 313,000 acres in agriculture production.
  • Manatee County ranks 7th amongst Florida Counties in agriculture sales.
  • Manatee County has a diverse agriculture base, including vegetable, ornamental and turf, livestock, commercial fishing, and citrus.
  • Manatee County agriculture faces many challenges including disease, water quantity and quality,available work force, foreign competition, regulations, negative perception, and land use issues.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  2013 Ag Facts Booklet.pdf