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Correction: New USDA TV Feature Dec. 22, 2010: National Horticulture Survey Shows A Mixed Bag (Corrects Filename)



 


Contact: Bob Ellison
USDA Office of Communications
(202) 720-5952
 
 
   
FEATURE – National Horticulture Survey Shows A Mixed Bag
 
A new survey from the U-S Department of Agriculture shows a mixed bag for horticulture production   
 
A new feature is available on the USDA FTP site
Filename: Horticulture feat
 
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kljYmKnoINg 
 
Download instructions:
The host: ftp://ocbmtcmedia.download.akamai.com.
 
User name: usdanews
Password:  Newscontent1  
 
The new file is in QuickTime Movie(H.264 ), MPEG 4, MPEG 2, and HDV. 
 
Please email bob.ellison@xxxxxxxx if you have problems or suggestions.
Also, use this free ftp client if you have problems.
http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type+client   
 
 
 
FEATURE – NATIONAL HORTICULTURE SURVEY SHOWS A MIXED BAG
 
INTRO:  A new survey from the U-S Department of Agriculture shows a mixed bag for horticulture production. The USDA’s Bob Ellison has more. (1:33)
 
HORTICULTURE PRODUCTION IS BECOMING MORE DIVERSE BUT ITS GROWTH LAGS BEHIND THE REST OF AGRICULTURE. THAT’S FROM THE RECENTLY RELEASED CENSUS OF HORTICULTURE FROM THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL STATISTICS SERVICE.
 
Joe Prusacki, USDA NASS: They showed income of eleven point seven billion dollars. Well that seems like a lot. Well compare that, though, with the census we did ten years ago with the horticulture specialties it was only a ten percent increase and you compare that to the rest of agriculture during that same time frame, the rest of agriculture saw a sixty percent increase.
 
SINCE NINETEEN NINETY EIGHT, FOOD CROPS GROWN UNDER PROTECTION SHOWED AN ALMOST ONE HUNDRED FIFTY PERCENT JUMP IN SALES TO MORE THAN HALF A BILLION DOLLARS.
 
Joe Prusacki, USDA NASS: Well you can kind of tie that to maybe organics, and commodities that people believe to be more healthy than overall general commodities.
 
HOWEVER, AREAS LIKE FOLIAGE PLANTS AND CUT FLOWERS EXPERIENCED DOWNTURNS IN THE LAST ELEVEN YEARS. PRUSACKI SAYS CUT FLOWERS FACED INCREASED COMPETITION.
 
Joe Prusacki, USDA NASS: The cut flowers that’s mainly competition from South America. So it’s just a whole different structure from ten years ago.
 
AND PRUSACKI SAYS FOLIAGE PLANT SALES SUFFERED FROM THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN.
 
Joe Prusacki, USDA NASS: It’s tied more closely with the economy with the downturn in housing and things like that where just not as much is being expended for the look and feel of the house on the outside.
 
IN WASHINGTON D-C FOR THE U-S DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE I’M BOB ELLISON. 
 
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