Agriculture has been the number two economic driver for the State of Florida for decades, with nearly $4 billion of agriculture commodities shipped in 2016. However ongoing issues resulting from citrus greening, continuous need for workers, and devastating impacts across the state due to Hurricane Irma have left the crop forecast for the 2017-2018 season more uncertain.
What does this all mean for Southwest Florida?
For answers and insights into the issue, view the recent presentation Rep. Matt Caldwell delivered at the February 16, 2018 Tiger Bay Luncheon.
PRESENTATION: The State of Florida Agriculture
Matthew H. Caldwell is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives from the 79th District, which includes northern Lee County. Caldwell was born in Gainesville and attended Florida Gulf Coast University, earning a degree in history in 2004.