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Quantitative Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Horticulture Research and Extension at MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center

Version 1 : Received: 19 July 2021 / Approved: 21 July 2021 / Online: 21 July 2021 (11:14:25 CEST)

How to cite: Posadas, B.C.; Knight, P.R.; Stafne, E.T.; Coker, C.E.; Bachman, G.; DelPrince, J.; Langlois, S.A.; Blythe, E.K. Quantitative Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Horticulture Research and Extension at MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center. Preprints 2021, 2021070486 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0486.v1). Posadas, B.C.; Knight, P.R.; Stafne, E.T.; Coker, C.E.; Bachman, G.; DelPrince, J.; Langlois, S.A.; Blythe, E.K. Quantitative Assessment of the Economic Impacts of Horticulture Research and Extension at MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center. Preprints 2021, 2021070486 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0486.v1).

Abstract

This paper summarizes the estimates of the total changes in sales, expenses, and income of participants of the horticulture research and extension programs at the Mississippi State University - Coastal Research and Extension Center for the past five years. Major items outline the estimation procedures for the past five years. The average annual values were used in estimating the total economic impacts of added gross sales, expenses, and incomes of participants in horticulture events. The cumulative total impacts reach $8.7 million in sales, 76 jobs, $1.4 million in labor income, $2.4 million in value-added, and $0.4 million in local, state, and federal taxes. In addition, the total willingness to pay for the horticulture program by the adult participants reached $1.8 million. In comparison, the annual public spending on the horticulture program averaged $1.4 million, creating additional substantial economic impacts to the region.

Subject Areas

Economic impact; ornamental horticulture; fruits and nuts; vegetables; flowers; horticulture research; extension

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