Green industry contributes $20 billion to Florida’s economy


Horticulture businesses in Florida are up 19 percent compared with numbers in 2000


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is rebounding from the Great Recession from 2007-2009 and is now growing in many sectors. The University of Florida reported that the industry provides about $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions to the state, which is an increase of 19.2 percent from 2000.

The environmental horticulture industry in Florida includes landscaping, nurseries, greenhouses, wholesale and retail distributors of allied manufacturing, according to Alan Hodges, an extension scientist in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences food and resource economics department. Hodges said Florida’s green industry has rebounded well from the recession due to “growing incomes and consumer demand for plants in other states,” as well as the housing and commercial development uptick in Florida.

Hodges led a group of researchers who produced the annual report on the impact of the environmental horticulture industry in Florida. To gather data, the university economists surveyed 1,546 Florida businesses and included findings from previous studies in 2000, 2005 and 2010.

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