Economic Contributions of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Food Industries in Florida in 2015, Executive Summary

small farm in North Florida, sky, clouds, barn, cows, beef cattle, trees, grass, pasture. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.

An analysis was conducted using the Implan regional economic modeling system and associated state and county databases (IMPLAN Group LLC) to estimate economic multipliers and contributions for over 500 different industry sectors. Multipliers capture the indirect and induced economic activity generated by re-spending of income or sales revenues in a regional economy. A collection of 121 industry sectors were included in the analysis to represent the broad array of activities encompassed by agricultural and natural-resource commodity production, manufacturing, distribution and supporting services in Florida. Economic contributions can be measured in terms of employment, industry output, value added, exports, labor income, other property income, and business taxes. This three-page summary was written by Alan W. Hodges, Mohammad Rahmani, and Christa D. Court and published by the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics Department.

2011 Florida Population Growth Is Third Largest in United States … But Still Not Close to Pre-Recession Levels (FE904)

portrait of large group of peopleOverall, from July 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011 Florida’s population increased by almost 219,000 people, which was the third largest increase in all US states. In this 4-page fact sheet UF/IFAS economist Rodney L. Clouser explores the implications of this trend. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, March 2012.

Assessing Economic Impacts and Benefits of Commercial Horticulture Extension Programs (FE898)

agent and producer check strawberries grown in refridgerated trailerAs fiscal pressures increase from federal and state government agencies to spend public dollars more effectively, it is imperative that the outcomes from educational efforts be clearly documented in terms of measurable changes in knowledge and behavior of clientele or stakeholders. This 5-page fact sheet presents a standardized approach for evaluating the economic impacts of extension educational programs in commercial horticulture in Florida, with which impacts are quantified in terms of measurable changes in revenues, income, or jobs. Written by Alan Hodges, Shawn Steed, Jane Morse, Peggy Dessaint, Donald Rainey, and Charles Vavrina, and published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, September 2011. (AP Photo:Thomas Wright, University of Florida/IFAS)

FE827 Florida’s Future State and County Policies: 2010 Elections Will Be Significant in Future Policy Choices

FE827, a 5-page fact sheet by Rodney L. Clouser, explains why the 2010 election cycle differs from previous election cycles and notes some of the policy issues those elected in 2010 will be debating and may be legislating that will have long-term implications for the state. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, February 2010.

Taxation and Budget Reform Commission Recommendations 2008 series

A series of 16 fact sheets by Rodney L. Clouser, inform the public on issues related to statutory and constitutional proposals adopted by the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission (TBRC). Fact sheets FE733 through FE741 address statutory changes and fact sheets FE742 through FE748 address constitutional amendments. Published by the UF Department of Food and Resource Economics, August 2008.

Statutory Recommendations

  • FE733 Florida Tax Reform: Taxation and Budget Reform
    Commission (TBRC)
  • FE735 Ballot Summary Length
  • FE738 Expansion of Faith- and Character-Based Initiatives in Florida’s Correction System
  • FE736 Just Value Assessment of Real and Tangible Personal Property and Burden of Proof
  • FE741 Requiring Certain Constitutional Officers, Boards, and Other Taxing Authorities to Submit Line Item, Zero-Based Budgets to County Commissions
  • FE734 Residential Property Assessment for Storm Hardening Improvement and Installation of Renewable Energy Source Devices
  • FE739 Sales and Use Tax Exemption Review Committee
  • FE737 Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement
  • FE740 Transportation Funding

Constitutional Amendments

  • FE742 Constitutional Amendment 3: Changes and Improvements Not Affecting the Assessed Value of Residential Real Property
  • FE743 Constitutional Amendment 4: Property Tax Exemption of Perpetually Conserved Land; Classification and Assessment of Land Used for Conservation
  • FE744 Constitutional Amendment 5: Eliminating State Required School Property Tax and Replacing with Equivalent State Revenues to Fund Education
  • FE745 Constitutional Amendment 6: Assessment of Working Waterfront Property Based upon Current Use
  • FE746 Constitutional Amendment 7: Religious Freedom
  • FE747 Constitutional Amendment 8: Local Option Community College Funding
  • FE748 Constitutional Amendment 9: Requiring 65 Percent of School Funding for Classroom Instruction; State’s Duty for Children’s Education