US floriculture industry soon – for the first time – Gross domestic flower production and sales will have general data in 50 states, according to a study by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
That survey, which includes a summary of the crop, includes growers now in all 50 states and additional crop information, as well as changes in sales reporting. Those findings will be finalized in a report published in May.
The changes are a victory for the industry and reflect the advocacy work led by the American Association of Florists (SAF) and its florist research funding.
“Continuing to draw attention to the report, SF’s senior lobbyist Joe Bishoff said,” has helped secure the publication and expand its horizons. ” “This information is an important measure for flower growers and for measuring the accessibility of the industry and its impact on the economy.”
Marvin Miller, a Ball Horticulture company, worked closely with SAF and USDA / NASS, PhD, AF, in 1983 to “restore and subsequently improve”: “We have been working on it for a long time. Report. For many years, Miller, a longtime participant in SAF’s Congressional Action Days, has been promoting the importance of the report on Hill at the event along with other SAF members.
SAF has a long history of publishing and disseminating the report, including reaching out to NASS. Most recently, SAF secured $ 500,000 for NASS in the 2021 budget.
Lance Honig, head of the USDA / NASS Crop Branch, helped change the industry engagement and additional funding.
“This industry has, like any other, been able to see this program continue and expand,” Honig said. “This is definitely one reason. We are trying to find ways to do everything we can to expand, and it has really helped us financially.
NASS has long known the needs of the industry and is looking for ways to expand not only floral reports but also other crop reports, says Honig. The agency decided to use the flower report as a pilot. “We are fortunate to have the flower industry at the forefront,” he said.
The report highlights domestic production trends, informs sales forecasts and serves to determine government agricultural policy and provide information for academic research. Annual source of information on annual bed and garden plants, canned plants, flowering plants for indoor and outdoor use, foliage for indoor and outdoor use, cutting flowers, pruned greens and flowering materials.
“Having a very comprehensive and robust report is an important tool for making key business decisions,” said Cameron King, CEO of Certified American Gro. USDA and NASS thank the industry for responding to the needs of the industry.
The report will release data separately for the 28 states that meet the sales limit. Those states are Alabama, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Oregon, and Oregon. . , Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The data of the remaining 22 states – whose sales fell below the threshold – are grouped together.
Other changes include retail, wholesale and general reporting. In the past, non-wholesale prices have fluctuated with mass prices.
The report also includes information on additional crops. Previously, the cut flower list, which used to include pompoms, chrysanthemums, dahlias, gerbera daisies, gladiators, irises, orchids, peonies, roses, snapdragons, sunflowers, and tulips, now includes lichens, aster, delphinium / larxpar, proteins, and sunflowers.
Other crops that are new to the report include Diants, Lavender, Salvia and Sedum; (Painted flowers) Begonia, hibiscus, hydrangea and flowers; And (leaves) bromeliad, cacti and succulents, dracaena, fern and palm.
The study will be mailed this month. Summary of 2021 Flower Crops will be published May 25.