USDA Releases Floriculture Crops Summary

According to the Floriculture Crops 2008 Summary presented by the USDA and National Agricultural Statistics Services, the 2008 wholesale value of floriculture crops is down 2 percent from the revised 2007 valuation.

The total crop value at wholesale for the 15-state program for all growers with $10,000 or more in sales is estimated at $4.22 billion for 2008, compared with $4.32 billion for 2007. California continues to be the leading state with crops valued at $1.02 billion, but it is down 2 percent from the 2007 value.

Florida, the next largest producer, is down 5 percent from the previous year to $922 million in wholesale value. California and Florida account for 46 percent of the 15-state total value. For 2008, the top 5 states are California, Florida, Michigan, Texas and North Carolina, which account for $2.8 billion, or 66 percent, of the 15-state total value.

The number of floriculture producers is down 3 percent. The number of producers with sales of $100,000 or more dropped even more dramatically–5 percent–from 3,136 to 2,967.

Greenhouse space, which accounts for 57 percent of the total covered area, is down 2 percent. Total area, which takes shade and temporary cover into account, is down 5 percent.

States included in the 15-state program are California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.

To read the full USDA report, click here.

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