Florida forestry professionals prepare for the Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

At the end of August, many of Florida’s agriculture and timber industry professionals, including AgAmerica Relationship Manager Patrick Spinosa, will head to the Florida Forestry Association’s Annual Meeting & Trade Show on Amelia Island.

The three-day event, taking place at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort August 28-30, 2018, is billed as the “largest gathering of forest business owners and managers, landowners, and professional foresters in Florida.” It’s slated to include presentations, ‘Roundtable Discussions’, meetings, events, and a bustling trade show with a host of exhibitors.

What makes this Florida forestry convention so special? While it’s not the largest sector of the Florida agriculture industry, forestry is important in The Sunshine State. The Florida timber industry history is longstanding, and forests cover about half of Florida’s land area, with most of the timberlands lying north of Orlando.

According to a 2017 economic impact study, Florida forestry contributes $25 billion to the state’s economy and helps provide more than 124,000 jobs across the state. In addition, 17 million acres of forestland cover almost half of Florida’s total land area, and 10 counties are economically dependent on the production of forest products.

Along with bolstering the state’s timber industry, forests are also beneficial for farmers with livestock, and it turns out silvopasture – a timber and cattle ranch concept – can actually help keep forests healthy and thriving.

AgAmerica Lending supports Florida forestry and the nation’s forestry and timber industries with custom timber land loans. Read some of our timber success stories, such as how we helped a Florida businessman buy more than 780 acres of timberland and recreational land, and then contact us to see how we can assist you in the timber industry today.