Economic Impacts of the Green Industry


What is the Green Industry?

The environmental horticulture industry, or green industry, is comprised of wholesale nursery, greenhouse, and turfgrass sod producers, landscape design, construction and maintenance firms, and wholesale and retail distribution firms such as garden centers, home stores, mass merchandisers with lawn/garden departments, brokers and re-wholesale distribution centers, and allied trades suppliers of inputs to the industry. 

Components of Green Industry

The green industry production and manufacturing industry group includes (1) greenhouse, nursery, and floriculture production, and (2) lawn and garden equipment manufacturing. The horticultural services industry group includes (1) landscape and horticultural services, and (2) landscape architectural services. The wholesale and retail trade industry group includes (1) farm and garden equipment merchant wholesalers  (2) nursery and florist merchant wholesalers, (3) lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores, (4) florists, and (5) food and beverage stores, lawn and garden sales, (6) gasoline stores, lawn and garden sales, (7) general merchandise stores, lawn and garden sales, and (8) non-store retailers, lawn and garden sales.

Economic Impacts of the Green Industry 

Results of the study conducted by the Green Industry Research Consortium showed that in 2013 the entire green industry contributed $1.625 billion to the economy of the state of Mississippi. The total employment impacts of the entire green industry complex totaled 15,821 jobs. 

The Economic Impact of the Green Industry website is funded in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture through the Current Research Information System project number MIS-211110 in collaboration with the Multistate Project Number S-1065 or the Green Industry Research Consortium.