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Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

Genesee County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan

APPENDIX D: INDUSTRY

APPENDIX D: INDUSTRY PRACTICES Potted flowering plants: Consumption of most varieties of flowering plants was higher in 1998, continuing an upward trend. However, units sold and dollar value of sales were lower for many potted flowering plants including poinsettias, Easter lilies, orchids, cyclamen, florist chrysanthemums, florist azaleas, African violets, and flowering hanging baskets. Kalanchoes and the all other flowering potted plant category were higher. Grower prices for most varieties of potted flowering plants were mostly steady or unchanged. Potted foliage plants: Although sales of potted foliage plants were up last year, sales of foliage hanging baskets were lower. Consumption of both categories has been fairly constant over the past 8 years. Area in production and the value of grower sales are nearly unchanged since 1991. Bedding and garden plants: Most varieties of bedding plants (vegetable or flowering type) sold in pots recorded increased unit sales and a higher value of sales. Sales of flowering hanging baskets were lower for geraniums and impatiens, but higher for petunias and the all other hanging baskets category. Units sold and dollar sales of bedding plants (flowering and vegetable types) sold in flats were lower in 1998. Prices for bedding and garden plants were mixed, with some higher and some lower. U.S. Remains a Net Importer of Greenhouse and Nursery Products The value of U.S. imports of greenhouse and nursery products reached $1.1 billion last year, up $77 million from 1997. Cut flowers and cut greens accounted for 64 percent of the value, and were mostly imported from Latin America and the Netherlands. The remaining 36 percent was mostly nursery products such as bulbs and propagative plant materials, but included some potted flowering and foliage plants that were imported mostly from Canada. The United States exported $284 million in greenhouse and nursery products in 1998, up from $261 in 1997. These exports were mostly nursery products, such a specimen trees and foliage plants shipped to Europe. Source: 1999 U.S. Floriculture and Environmental Horticulture Report, USDA, ERS. Copyright©, 2000: Agricultural & Community Development Services, Inc, Columbia MD 20

APPENDIX D: INDUSTRY PRACTICES Equine Industry The equine industry in Genesee County is very small, but growing due to the proximity of significant concentrations of performance and pleasure horse activities. However, accounting for both the nature of this industry and its economic impacts are limited and subject to debate. This situation is caused by the inability of researchers to clearly define and survey the industry. The structure of the equine industry exacerbates this problem because it is divided into several markets: 1. Racing Horses (Examples) a. Thoroughbreds (Saddle) b. Standardbreds (Harness) 2. Working Horses (Examples) a. Draft Horses b. Police Horses 3. Performance Horses (Examples) a. Foxchasing b. Dressage c. Hunter/Jumper 4. Pleasure Horses (Examples) a. Trail Riding b. Pony Clubs Few efforts have been made to evaluate this industry beyond its impact through racing and specific leisure activities such as trail riding. While these research efforts have been spotty, most indicate that the equine industry contributes significantly to the agricultural economy though its expenditure patterns. Much of this impact comes from breeding, training, farriers, veterinary services, equipment, feed, supplies, events, and other services that also support more traditional agricultural operations. Despite such evidence, most equestrian operations are generally not considered an agricultural activity. The ACDS, Inc. study team, while it recognizes that equestrian activities are marginal agricultural uses in Genesee County, found that equestrian operations from other Western New York jurisdictions have relocated or are considering expansion into Genesee County to take advantage of lower land costs and easy access to Rochester and Buffalo. As this use increases, it may put pressure on existing agricultural uses where development of higher value residences is occurring. Copyright©, 2000: Agricultural & Community Development Services, Inc, Columbia MD 21

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