”The Voice of Dade Agriculture” providing leadership, communication and technical assistance to its membership.
Florida Farm Bureau Federation was conceived and nurtured by a group of dedicated people in agriculture who recognized a need for a general farm organization which could serve as a collective voice for its members. Out of the Great Depression came the need to help economically struggling farmers and ranchers. The development of the rock plow in the 1930s allowed the plowing of rock to create more top soil on large pieces of land giving rise to the large scale, tropical fruit industry.
On March 13, 1942, the Dade County Farm Bureau became the first county Farm Bureau established in Florida. Local farmers met at the Perrine School, and officers were elected. J.D. DuPuis, a local dairyman, served as the first President.
Miami-Dade’s location makes it ideal for the production of tropical fruits, exotic plants and winter vegetables. The agricultural history of Dade has been one of relocation caused by a sprawling population; it has also been one of growth fueled by the demands of this same increasing population. Agriculture is one of the top five industries in Miami-Dade County, providing an economic impact of over $2.57 billion to the local and state economy.
For over 75 years, the Dade County Farm Bureau has been an integral part of the agricultural community, bringing farmers together to solve issues collectively.
Today, the Dade County Farm Bureau has over 3,000 members, making it the largest agricultural organization in Miami-Dade County.
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