University of Connecticut study says Connecticut agriculture dominated by the green industry

University of Connecticut study says Connecticut agriculture dominated by the green industry

Greenhouses are among the leading businesses in the $4 billion sector.

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October 3, 2017
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STORRS, CT — Connecticut's $4 billion agriculture sector is not dominated by field crops, but "green industries" like nurseries and greenhouses, floriculture, sod production, egg and poultry production, and dairy farming, according to a new study by the University of Connecticut’s Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy.

The study offers the most comprehensive assessment of the total value of agriculture’s contribution to the state’s economy since an initial review in 2010, UConn officials said.

Products from greenhouses and nurseries sector alone accounts for nearly half of the state’s agricultural sales, according to the report.

Overall, agriculture provides more than 21,000 jobs and $800 million in wages to the state’s economy, according to the study.

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