Horticulture Economics

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GREEN INDUSTRY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM

GIRC is a multi-state regional research committee sponsored by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture and the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors and has the official designation of Multi-state Regional Project S1065.

STOCHASTIC NURSERY BUDGETS

By using the Mississippi Budget Generator, S-1021 agricultural economists and horticulturists developed enterprise budgets for a 20-acre nursery operation. These budgets can be used to assess the element of risks and uncertainties associated with plant production in a nursery operation.

ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE GREEN INDUSTRY

The Green Industry complex includes input suppliers; production firms; wholesales distribution firms; horticultural service firms providing landscape and urban forestry services; and retail operations.

SOCIO-ECONOMICS OF NURSERY/GREENHOUSE MECHANIZATION/AUTOMATION

In order to sustain robust growth in the nursery and greenhouse industry, continuous improvements in the skills of the workforce and their year-round availability are necessary. These workers perform varied functions and are subjected to different working conditions.

HORTICULTURE, FRUITS, NUTS AND VEGETABLE MARKETING

MarketMaker is an interactive mapping system that locates businesses and markets of agricultural products in Mississippi, providing an important link between producers and consumers.

HORTICULTURE PRODUCTION ECONOMICS

As the value of horticulture production increases over time, it is expected that nursery and greenhouse growers will improve production efficiency, increase adoption of mechanized/automated production technologies, improve working conditions and workers’ safety, and enhance markets of horticulture products.

PLANT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS USING FISHFARMING EFFLUENTS

This preliminary study addressed key aspects of water use and effluent issues associated with the utilization of effluent discharges from aquaculture operations to enhance horticulture production, thereby reducing water use and effluent discharge from both industries.