Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. The population of Florida in the 2010 census was 18,801,310. Florida was the seventh fastest-growing state in the U.S. in the 12-month period ending July 1, 2012 The largest cities are Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Florida in 2016 was $926 billion. Its GDP is the fourth largest economy in the United States.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian.
- They protect Florida’s livestock, honey bees and crop plants from pests and diseases.
- They promote Florida’s 300 agricultural commodities across America and around the world.
- They assist Florida’s schools in serving more than a million healthful meals each day, providing our students with the sustenance they need to succeed.
- The state does have a ‘Made in Florida’ program in certain retailers such as Publix and Winn Dixie.