COVID-19’s Impact on Florida’s Agricultural Economy


Last Updated on April 26, 2021

The closing of restaurants across the country has had a devastating impact on Florida’s agricultural economy. What does the future hold? As part of our ongoing coverage of COVID-19, with our friends at Florida Blue Medicare, Growing Bolder touches base with Tyra Phillips, Executive Director of the Dade County Farm Bureau, to discuss these pertinent questions and more.

Dade County Farm Bureau is the oldest and largest county Farm Bureau in the state of Florida, and the voice of agriculture for all things farming (row crop, tree crop, nursery, aquaculture, hydroponics, and equine). Phillips has been a leader in setting the goal of buying local and supporting our local farmers, and has recently worked with The Florida Farm Bureau and Florida Department of Agriculture to help growers hurt by declines in foodservice demand sell to 35 state correctional facilities.

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