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Specialty Crops

Fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Wild plants are not considered specialty crops even though they may be used for the same purpose as cultivated plants. However, natural populations of native plants that are brought into cultivation, such as sugar maple trees, pecans, blueberry, huckleberry and cranberry are considered specialty crops by USDA.


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Fruit Crops

Fruit crops are those yielding fruits and berries which generally are characterized by their sweet taste and their high content of organic acid and pectin. [AGROVOC] [NALT]


Horticulture is defined as that branch of agriculture concerned with growing plants that are used by people for food, for medicinal purposes, and for aesthetic gratification. [NALT]


Specialty Crops and the Farm Bill

FE1138/FE1138by Suzanne D. ThornsburyJuly 13, 2023This publication provides Florida specialty crop producers with an overview of major policy approaches in the Farm Bill and a description of how they have evolved over time to address some of the unique characteristics of specialty crops.

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