More than 45 greenhouses growing bedding and other traditional crops are located in the county with over 1,000,000 square feet under glass or plastic cover. Approximately 2,500 acres of sod are produced in the black dirt region. Wholesale and retail nurseries grow and sell trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers. Christmas tree farms provide "You Cut" products for residents. There is a marked trend toward "farm entertainment" as a marketing niche for horticultural enterprises. Over 200 professional businesses offer landscaping services.
The 2014 Greenhouse Growers Guide is a convenient listing of local retail and wholesale greenhouse growers and their products.
2014 Farm Bill updates
The USDA Farm Service Agency has released updates for the 2014 Farm Bill and the Program Signups for Fruit, Vegetable, and Livestock Farmers begin on April 15, 2014. Please note the TAP (Tree Assistance Program) 2014 sheet is not available yet so below is the 2013 version.
2014 Farm Bill Fact Sheet Farm Storage Facility Loan Program Livestock Forage Disaster Program Livestock Indemnity Payments (LIP) Tree Assistance Program for Orchardists and Nursery Tree Growers (TAP)
Cornell Guidelines for Pest Management (Cornell "Recommends") -- now online and searchable!
Commercial Soil Analysis Service - link will take you to AgroOne Soil Services where you can select from a number of testing services.
Last updated November 16, 2016