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About the Industry
Michigan’s Green Industry – Positively impacting our Environment and our Economy!
The economic impact of Michigan’s nursery, perennial plant production, Christmas tree, sod producers, landscaping and lawn care industries is $5.715 billion.

The economic impact of our Nursery and perennial plant producers is $1.2 billion and we distribute our products into 35 states, Mexico and Canada, making us the:

  • #1 specialty crop in Michigan,
  • 4th largest agriculture commodity group in Michigan,
  • 5th largest nursery industry in the nation.

The economic impact of our landscape services and retail sectors is $4.5 billion.

Together, all segments of the Green Industry account for a total of 36,162 individuals employed (Knudson & Peterson, 2012). According to US Census Data, this equates to 1 out of every 170 Michigan citizens between the ages of 18-65.

Knudson, William A. & H. Christopher Peterson. 2012. The Economic Impact of Michigan’s Food and Agriculture System. Working Paper No. 01-0312. Michigan State University Product Center.


By Nicole Cairns, Inspector
Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

 Photo by David Kenyon, MDNR

Photo by David Kenyon, MDNR

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