FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2007
Brian Long, director
NCDA&CS Public Affairs
(919) 733-4216, ext. 242
| Sheryl Bynum, executive director|
N.C. Green Industry Council
Study: N.C. green industry has $8.6 billion economic impact
RALEIGH - North Carolina's green industry contributes $8.6 billion to
the state's economy, according to results of a study announced today by
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.
The green industry comprises growers of greenhouse/nursery stock, Christmas
trees and flowers, sod producers, and related businesses such as landscape
and irrigation contractors, lawn care professionals, arborists and retail
lawn and garden centers.
"We always knew the green industry was big business in North Carolina,
but we didn't know how big," Troxler said. "This comprehensive study shows
that the green industry is a diversified and significant economic factor
in our state."
Louise Hodges, president of the N.C. Green Industry Council, said: "These
numbers clearly illustrate the significant contributions the green industry
provides our state. Armed with this information, our industry will further
its commitment to the state of North Carolina through opportunities for
additional jobs, additional revenue and continued environmental benefits."
Staff of the Agricultural Statistics Division at the N.C. Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services collected data for the study. Economists
Charles Safley and Michael Walden at N.C. State University's College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences analyzed the data. The study was funded
by a $150,000 appropriation from the General Assembly in 2005.
Following are highlights of the study, which examined data for 2005:
The green industry employs nearly
152,000 people across the state.
N.C. homeowners spent an average
of $838 on lawn and landscape services during the year.
Arborists, landscapers and lawn care
professionals had total gross sales of $1.2 billion.
Total gross sales by N.C. florists
exceeded $256 million.
Landscape architects and designers
had total gross sales of $574 million.
- North Carolina had 120,741 acres
in production of green-industry commodities, including 60,657 acres
of Christmas trees, 27,150 acres of field-grown nursery stock and 20,838
acres of sod.
Editor's note: Study results are available in pdf format