USDA’s 2014 Floriculture Crops Summary By The Numbers

USDA’s 2014 Floriculture Crops Summary By The Numbers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 2014 Floriculture Crops Summary in June. Here are some of the highlights:

  • The total crop value at wholesale for the 15-state program with $10,000 or more in sales is $4.07 billion, compared with $4.25 billion in 2013
  • The percentage wholesale value of floriculture crops is down 4 percent from the 2013 valuation
  • There are 4,849 producers for 2014, down 21 percent in the 15 states, compared with the 2013 count of 6,115
  • 2,510 of producers had sales of $100,000 or more in 2014, down 5 percent from 2,632 in 2013
  • 733 million square feet was the total covered area for floriculture crop production in 15 state area evaluated in 2014, down from 735 million square feet in 2013
  • $1.82 billion was the wholesale value of all bedding and garden plants, including herbaceous perennials, representing 46 percent of the value of all reported crops
  • The wholesale value for annual bedding and garden plants was $1.26 billion, down 2 percent from 2013; representing 69 percent of total bedding and garden category
  • The value for potted flowering plants for indoor or patio uses was $788 million, up 2 percent from 2013
  • The value of 2014 foliage plant sales was $599 million, down 2 percent from 2013
  • The wholesale value of domestically produced cut flowers in 2014 was $354 million, down 3 percent from 2013
  • The wholesale value of cut cultivated greens in 2014 was $72 million, down 5 percent from 2013
  • The total value of sales of propagation material, including annuals, potted herbaceous perennials, potted flowering plants, foliage plants, cut flowers and cut cultivated greens is $341 million; down 14 percent from 2013
  • The average peak number of hired workers employed on operations in the 15-state area in 2014 was 22.
  • 3,761 operations hired workers during 2014
  • 78 percent of operations used hired labor during 2014

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