UF/IFAS survey finds that Floridians support agricultural water use

Feb. 19, 2013

A report of a new statewide public opinion survey reveals that the vast majority of Floridians endorse making water available for agricultural production. More than 88 percent of the representative sample of Florida residents agreed that a plentiful supply of water for agriculture is either highly important or extremely important.

These results indicate that the water requirement for domestic food production is recognized by non-farm residents throughout the state. Such water use on farms and ranches provides food, fiber and renewable fuels for everyone.

The survey was conducted in December 2012 by the Center for Public Issues Education for Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Founded as a research-based source of information about agriculture and natural resources, the PIE Center will offer periodic reports detailing public opinion on a variety of topics.

Readers can access the report at http://www.centerpie.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WaterPanelReportFINA….