Highlights From The 2013 USDA Floriculture Crops Summary

Highlights From The 2013 USDA Floriculture Crops Summary

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its 2013 Floriculture Crops Summary in June. Here are some of the highlights:

  • $4.4 billion: the total crop value at wholesale for the 15-state program for all growers with more than $10,000 or more in sales.
  • The total wholesale value of floriculture crops is up one percent from 2012, from $4.36 to $4.4 billion.
  • California continues to be the leading state with crops valued at $1.14 billion, up three percent from 2012.
  • Florida’s wholesale value, the next largest producer, is down one percent from 2012 at $888 million.
  • California and Florida account for 46 percent of the 15-state total value.
  • The 2013 top five states are California, Florida, Michigan, Texas and North Carolina.
  • These five states account for $2.96 billion, 67 percent, of the 15-state total value.
  • 6,042: The total number of producers in the 15 states, down two percent from 2012.
  • Total area covered for floriculture crop production: 701 million square feet, down four percent from 2012.
  • Average peak number of hired workers employed on operations in the 15 states: 19.
  • 4,525 operations hired workers during 2013.
  • 75% of operations used some hired workers during 2013, consistent with 2012.

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