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Recording of presentation
PDF of slides

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VT Info Re Lawn Fertilization
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GREEN INDUSTRY SURVEY

Virginia’s Agriculture Economic Impact is $52 billion annually, and agriculture is the largest industry in the Commonwealth.  Forestry adds another $18 billion annually, with both industries having combined revenue of $70 billion (2012 survey data). 

The Green Industry in Virginia is comprised of golf courses, sports turf managers, wholesale producers, landscape retail business, nurseries or providers of landscape services. Collectively, all of these green industries employee thousands of workers, purchase products, rent or own buildings, and provide the State of Virginia with tax revenue.

Based on previously reported totals from the turf and/or green industries of other southern states (data below), we estimate the annual economic impact value for Virginia's Green Industry to be $8-10 Billion (or higher!).

In Virginia, facing legislative issues, a lack of money to support industry research and development at Virginia Tech, and a host of other factors (labor, economic, environment etc.), industry leaders launched the idea of completing a Green Industry Survey for Virginia. Utilizing 2005 data when discussing economic importance, the number of industry employees, and other facts and figures, our voices were not being heard, and therefore the green industry was being ignored. BY completing this survey, OUR INDUSTRY can update statewide data on acreage, plant material, employee counts, expenses and revenue to further support our industry initiatives. 

After two years of working on a plan and a strategy, we have finally funded the cost of the survey and hired an outside party to manage the development and administration. With support of industry associations, we have developed on gotten feedback on the survey questions from all the industry groups. 

Please select your area and complete the survey:
Arboriculture
Christmas Tree
Golf
Lawn Care
Nursery
Sod Production
Sports Turf

Two Career Days are being planned for high school students. The days are titled Careers in the Green Industry and Environmental Sciences. Please help us distribute these flyers to public and private schools and to home school parents.
March 01 in Virginia Beach as part of Come to the Bay
March 09 in Front Royal as part of VCE's Horticulture Dayz

 

The Virginia Turfgrass Council has been around since 1960. It was the brain child of Virginia Tech Professors who saw the need for an association to serve Virginia's Turfgrass Industry. We never forget our roots, our mission and who we serve.

 

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