July 11, 2014

(HARRISBURG. PA) ― There were 1,810 growers in the Northeast in 2013, compared to 2,030 growers in 2012. The 2013 wholesale value of sales by commercial flower and foliage producers in the region was $653.5 million. There was a slight increase in 2013, with 2012 total wholesale value of sales reaching more than $648.7 million.

All values in the following tables are wholesale equivalent value of sales; they were derived by multiplying the average wholesale price by the total quantity sold.

The value of sales at wholesale of total bedding or garden plants for operations with over $100,000 in sales in 2013 was $399.8 million, and for 2012 sales were $385.4 million.

The total covered growing area for operations with more than $100,000 in sales in the Northeast region in 2013 was 61.3 million square feet. Covered growing area included: glass greenhouses, 11.3 million square feet in 2013 and 11.5 million for 2012; fiberglass and other rigid greenhouses, 3.9 million square feet in 2013 and 3.8 million in 2012; film plastic (single/multi) greenhouses, 45 million square feet in 2013 and 45.9 million in 2012; and shade and temporary cover, 1.1 million for 2013 and 2012. Growers also used 2,927 acres of open ground in 2013 as well as 2,651 in 2012.

About the Survey: The Commercial Floriculture Survey is conducted annually by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) in 15 states. It is a “census” of all known operations with more than $10,000 in floriculture sales. For operations with more than $100,000 in sales, detailed data is collected about specific varieties.

Data summarized in the tables showing grower numbers and growing area represent all growers having sales of $10,000 or more.

The results of the survey are available to the public.

Associations use these statistics when working with policy makers at the state and national levels. University extension specialists justify research grants and other activities with statistics that describe the size and importance of the industry in each state. Banks and other lending institutions often use the data when evaluating loan applications. Individual producer data is kept strictly confidential and used only in combination with other reports to prepare state and national statistics. Individual information is exempted from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Northeast Region was represented in Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for the purposes of this survey. Fifteen states were included in the national release.

Source: United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service

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