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Maine's Horticulture Industry

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2020 discussion about Maine's horticulture industry.

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Maine's Horticulture Industry

  1. 1. Maine’s Horticulture Industry A Well Kept Secret
  2. 2. • Don Sproul, Executive Director • Maine Landscape & Nursery Association • PO Box 4666 • Augusta, ME 04330 • 207-623-6430 • MngmtPlus@aol.com • Jesse O’Brien, Legislative Liaison • Ornamental Horticulture Council • Down East Turf Farms, Kennebunkport • Agronomist, Pesticide Management Advisory Committees – both Portland and South Portland • Jobrien@downeastturf.com
  3. 3. Co-Sponsors Ornamental Horticultural Council Maine Golf Course Superintendents Association Maine Arborist Association Maine Christmas Tree Association Mid- Maine Greenhouse Association Maine State Greenhouse and Florist Association Golf Maine
  4. 4. MELNA owns and produces The Maine Flower Show Over 20,000 in attendance in 2018 Over 130 booths for businesses to promote themselves
  5. 5. MELNA conducts an annual Charity Work Project each year.  Camp Sunshine  Fort Williams Park  Travis Mills Foundation  The Morrison Center  Portland Arts and Technology High School
  6. 6. Maine's top four agricultural products are dairy products, potatoes, chicken eggs, greenhouse and nursery products.
  7. 7. In terms of revenue generated, Maine’s horticulture industry is larger than blueberries, strawberries, maple sugar, apples, aquaculture and other more well-known segments.
  8. 8. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that Maine horticulture sales have increased 43.6 % from $49.1 million (2009) to $70.5 million (2014).
  9. 9. Maine horticultural operations increased from 250 to 320, a 28% increase over the same time period.
  10. 10. The 43.6% increase in sales experienced by Maine is more than double the national average increase of 18%. …..Why?
  11. 11. 2 Reasons 1. Horticulture included in definition of “Agriculture” in state statutes. 2. MELNA established the Plant Something! Plant Maine! marketing program.
  12. 12. 2012 Legislation to include Hort as Ag had a fiscal note of $135,000 Increased Sales Tax revenue due to increased sales has averaged more than $1,750,000 annually.
  13. 13. In 2016, MELNA launched the Plant Something! Plant Maine! campaign, which emphasizes planting for better health, economic value, and the environment. In the first year of the campaign, 15 statewide garden centers saw a 22.3% increase in sales and a job growth rate of 13.1%.
  14. 14. In 2017, the second year of the campaign, 17 statewide garden centers saw an additional 7.23% increase in sales and a job growth rate of 12%.
  15. 15. Ornamental Horticultural Council www.ohcmaine.org Maine Landscape and Nursery Assoc. Mid Maine Greenhouse Assoc. Maine Golf Course Superintendent Assoc. Maine Arborist Assoc. Maine Christmas Tree Growers Assoc. Maine State Florist and Growers Assoc. Golf Maine
  16. 16. The Common Thread  Grow, Install and Maintain Plant Material. “ The Original Green Industry”  We Deal with Pests  Organically and IPM, Integrated Pest Management, Permaculture, Plant Health Care  Pesticides, we are all very concerned with the over use and misuse of any pesticide  Municipal Pesticide Ordinances
  17. 17. Integrated Pest Management (IPM): An approach to controlling insects and other crop pests that combines various physical, chemical, and biological methods in an attempt to reduce reliance on Pesticides.
  18. 18. • Don Sproul, Executive Director • Maine Landscape & Nursery Association • PO Box 4666 • Augusta, ME 04330 • 207-623-6430 • MngmtPlus@aol.com • Jesse O’Brien, Legislative Liaison • Ornamental Horticulture Council • Down East Turf Farms, Kennebunkport • Agronomist, Pesticide Management Advisory Committees – both Portland and South Portland • Jobrien@downeastturf.com

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