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U.S. Sod is $1 Billion Industry

The 2002 census of agriculture reveals that since the 1997 census, the number of sod farms in the U.S. increased 13.6 percent (to 2,2124) and acres harvested rose 25 percent (to 386,500 acres). Extrapolating from those numbers (multiplying the 2002 acres by the 1997 sales figures), the Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) arrived at a "conservative" sales total for 2002-$1,001,250,000-breaking the billion-dollar barrier for the first time.

The census of agriculture is conducted every five years or so. Congress mandates that all sod farms complete the survey.

Florida, Texas and Alabama lead the states in farms and acreage, as they did in the 1997 census. New York, South Dakota and New Mexico lead the decline in number of farms, with New Mexico, Iowa and Nevada leading the decline in acres harvested.

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October 15, 2019, 10:15 pm PDT

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