A report released by CropLife America says the use of crop protection products, including insecticides, herbicides and fungicides, helps U.S. agriculture to remain a key economic driver. The report, written by Mark Goodwin of Mark Goodwin Consulting, reveals that across the United States the increased crop production and resultant economic spin-offs generate 33-billion dollars in wages for over 1.05-million American workers. These jobs span beyond the farming industry to additional sectors, including manufacturing, food services, construction, transportation and more.
Data from the report finds that while every state received a positive economic spin-off from the use of crop protection products, California, Florida, Minnesota and Washington stand out with total salaries annually reaching 9.8-billion, 2.0-billion, 1.7-billion and 1.9-billion dollars, respectively. The report also found that plant science technologies lead to a 48 percent savings in overall grocery bills for fruits and vegetables for a family of four in the U.S. Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA says – this report finds that when equipped with the best tools and resources, the agricultural community helps create well-paying jobs in the workplace through increased productivity and crop output. As such, it is more important than ever that we establish sound policy that allows U.S. agriculture to thrive, and allows for the continued innovation and investment in the crop protection industry.