Florida’s mild climate and agricultural diversity provide an ideal setting for the study of plant medicine. Valued in excess of $7 billion dollars annually, Florida’s agriculture occurs on small to large acreages and includes temperate, subtropical and tropical plants and crops. The state’s agricultural industry includes agronomic crops, vegetables, fruits, ornamentals, turf grass, and hard and pine forests. This diversity allows students to develop expertise in many crops.
Florida’s warm and moist climate also favors the survival, development and spread of plant pathogens and arthropod pests. The state’s soil types and high rainfall are also conducive to the occurrence of nutrient deficiencies. Under the guidance of their Supervisory Committee, students may adapt their course of study to meet individual interests and career goals.