USDA Reports Floriculture Sales Rise Slightly in 2012
The 2012 wholesale value of floriculture crops grew 1 percent in 2012 according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
As the economy continues its slow crawl of a recovery and the housing market continues to rebound, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) reports that the wholesale value of crops produced in its 15-state program reached $4.13 billion compared to $4.08 billion in 2011.
The NASS report represents the wholesale value of crops in operations with $10,000 or more of sales in 15 participating states. Those states include California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Washington.
California continues to be the top producing state with crops valued at $985 million last year (down 3 percent from ’11). Florida is the second largest producing state at $811.8 million. Florida also saw a 3 percent decrease last year. These two states make up 44 percent of the total market value.
Pennsylvania saw the largest growth with an increase of more than $28 million in 2012, followed by Texas (up $27 million) and Ohio ($24.6 Million)
While the wholesale value of crops did increase in ’12, the number of growers producing the crops dropped 6 percent from 5,763 in 2011 to 5,419 last year.
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