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Nursery industry has big economic impact

New study shows $21 billion in total output sales and 232,000+ jobs

Florida’s nursery and landscape industry created 28,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015 and directly employs a statewide workforce of 232,650 people. (Photo Courtesy Butler Tree Farm, Lakeland, FL.)

ORLANDO, Fla. — With a 37% increase in total output since its last economic study five years ago, Florida’s nursery and landscape industry generates $21.08 billion in total output sales and over 232,000 jobs. This is according to the economic impact study (the fourth in its series since 2000) conducted by the University of Florida/IFAS on behalf of FNGLA – the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association.

The $21.08 billion in total output sales is comprised of: $4.55 billion for Nursery & Greenhouse Crop Production; $10.11 billion for Landscape Design, Installation and Maintenance; and, $6.42 billion for Retail/Garden Centers. Allied Supplies are reflected in the above numbers accounting independently for $2.426 billion.

Florida’s nursery and landscape industry created 28,000 jobs between 2010 and 2015 and directly employs a statewide workforce of 232,650 people.

Additional study highlights:

  • Industry sales to markets outside Florida brings nearly $1.6 billion in new net revenue into Florida.
  • Florida wages, benefits and income are an estimated $8.7 billion.
  • 31% of Florida landscape sales are to builders and developers, while suppliers sold $170 million in irrigation equipment.

FNGLA has long exclaimed this is a small business industry with a big business impact on Florida’s economy,” said Ben Bolusky, FNGLA’s Chief Executive Officer. “With the Great Recession in our rearview window, the study’s numbers reflect what FNGLA intrinsically knew – the nursery and landscape industry has cemented its prominence as one of Florida’s economic engines.”

The authors of the University of Florida/IFAS study are: Alan W. Hodges, PhD; Hayk Khachatryan, PhD; Mohammad Rahmani, PhD; and, Christa D. Court, PhD.

The study’s executive summary can be accessed at: http://www.fngla.org/resources/economic-impact-study/EconomicImpactForWeb2015.pdf. The complete 57-page report is available at: http://tinyurl.com/y8wlqe3n.

FNGLA is the nation’s largest state nursery association and, today, represents Florida’s 1,900 leading nursery and landscape businesses. FNGLA’s mission is to promote and protect the interests of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry.

For more information, contact FNGLA at info@fngla.org.

–Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association

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