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Ag chief touts state's robust agriculture industry

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson says the state's agriculture industry is doing well while other parts of the economy struggle.

Bronson pointed to a report Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that showed Florida agriculture grew substantially between 2002 and 2007 and the number of farms in the state increased nearly 8 percent to more than 47,000.

Bronson says the agricultural industry generates about $100 billion for the economy and employs more than 750,000 workers,
although their net income has dropped in recent years.

Bronson also says the average age of Florida farmers is now 57 and that more young people are needed in the industry.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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