US floriculture is leaner. Is it meaner?

10 Jun

From the Floriculture Crops 2011 Summary:

– Total 2011 sales for the 15 states in the survey were $4.08 billion. That’s down 1.6% from 2010 ($4.15 billion).
– The top five states—California, Florida, Michigan, Texas and North Carolin

Compared to 2010:

-Six of 15 states saw increases, while the remaining nine saw drops in year-to-year sales.

– There were 6.5% fewer operations in the 2011 report than in the 2010, with losses in grower numbers occurring in every sales size classification, from smallest to largest growers.
– Total greenhouse space and total outdoor space used were both down.
– Foliage plants was the only industry segment reporting increased sales from 2010 to 2011 (+4.6%).

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