Going to Bat for the Horticultural Specialties Census
In response to a request for public input, AmericanHort and the Society of American Florists filed official comments in support of continuing the Census of Horticultural Specialties. The comments pointed out that since 1889, data collected and presented by the Census of Horticultural Specialties have been a valuable resource to the floriculture and nursery industry. The industry represents one-third of the value of specialty crop production in the U.S. This Census is one of the most valued sources of industry insights; in addition to industry, the information included in the report is routinely used by government agencies, academia, media, and the general public. The comments went on to recommend several crop additions and other technical improvements.