Jefferson County Economic Development Council

Where Florida's Legacy Meets The Future

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(850) 997-7999 or jcedc@embarqmail.com

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Acriculture & Agri-Business
in Jefferson County Florida

The rich agricultural legacy of the Mahan pecan, planted pines and generations of farms, ranches, daires and orchards provide a wealth of resources and experience for large agriculture and supporting agri-business.

If you are looking to start or expand your logging, ranching or farming enterprise, Jefferson County has room to grow.

Supporting services and businesses for the agricultural industry - machinery, seeds, crop processing - are also needed and welcome. Jefferson County EDC can help you locate an optimal site.

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Natural Resources of Jefferson County Florida

The county is divided into two major physiographic divisions: the Northern Highlands and the Coastal Lowlands. The two are separated by the Cody Scarp, Florida's ancient shoreline.

The Highlands, representing the northern two-thirds of the county, are ideal for crop and livestock farming on sandy to sandy loam soils. Most of the residential population is located there, too.

The Lowlands are relatively flat and utilized for timber production.

Ecological Communities found in Jefferson County are

  • Mixed Hardwood and Pines (northern 2/3 of county, commonly referred to as "Red Hills")
  • Longleaf Pine-Turkey Oak Hills (south-central portion along Cody Scarp)
  • North Florida Flatwoods (southwest region along Leon and Wakulla Counties)
  • Freshwater Marsh (associated with the upper Aucilla River) Swamp Hardwoods (wetlands along Wacissa and lower Aucilla Rivers, Lake Miccosukkee)
  • Wetland Hardwood Hammocks (small region along the southern reaches of Aucilla River)
  • Salt Marsh (entire 6 miles of coastline)

For more detailed information about the soils, ground and surface water and climate, go to Jefferson County's website.

Assets

  • Minutes from Tallahassee, the state capital
  • Located at intersection of major U.S. transport corridors
  • Close proximity to airports, seaports and other business resources

For more information on the Commercial Agricultural Classification, visit the Property Appraiser's Office website.

Success Story

Bubba Burgers Beef

Bubba Burgers grilling at Madison Oaks in Florida

After locating the right property, east of the Aucilla River and north of Honey Lake Plantation, rancher John Todd of Madison Oaks Farm began clearing the land and purchasing cattle.

The farm is raising grass-fed and grass-finished beef cattle for processing, inventory and marketing. They employ a regular crew of local laborers, with more hands hired on as needed.