The Green Industry Research Consortium (GIRC) is a multi-state regional research committee sponsored by NIFA, which is the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (formerly the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service - CSREES) and the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) and has the official designation of Multi-state Regional Project S1065.

The committee is comprised of horticulturists and agricultural economists from land-grant universities across the nation. The GIRC (S1065) researchers collaborate synergistically in conducting research in the following areas:

    1. Investigate sustainable practices in ornamental crop production and landscape systems.
    2. Evaluate national and regional economic contributions of the U.S. Green industry.
    3. Evaluate consumer preferences for environmental plants and related horticultural products, and their contribution to health and well-being.
    4. Investigate labor management practices and mechanization in the nursery and greenhouse industry.

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