New York Turfgrass Survey Documents Economic Impact to Turf Industry

The New York Turfgrass Survey, sponsored by the New York Turfgrass Association and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in cooperation with the New York Agricultural Statistics Service, has been published on the NASS Web site, www.nass.usda.gov/ny. The newly released survey, which has been in the planning and implementation stages for the past 5 years, is the first of its kind to evaluate the magnitude and economic importance of the turfgrass industry in New York State. The 80-page report, “Turfgrass Final Publication,” can be accessed by clicking “Special Surveys” on the NASS home page.

The New York Turfgrass Survey illustrates that the turf industry employed 43,000 people and contributed $5 billion in turf maintenance expenses to the economy in 2003. Other interesting facts the survey reveals are:

  • Turfgrass covers 3.43 million acres in New York.
  • 93 percent of the 3.4 million acres are private lawns and golf courses.
  • Over 843,000 new turf acres were established in 2003 at a cost of nearly $1.56 billion.
  • The value of turf equipment owned by all sectors surveyed totaled over $6.3 billion.
  • The total payroll for turf employees was nearly $467 million.

This important data will position the turfgrass industry as a growing agricultural commodity in New York State and enable the public, industry and government to work together to ensure its continued growth.

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