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UnitedFresh.org Profiles Produce in 50 States

The fresh fruit and vegetable industry has a profound effect on all 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new data released by the United Fresh Produce Association. Released in a series of state fruit and vegetable profiles, data show that all 50 states grow and sell fresh produce, and the profiles include acreage, farms, employment and production value for each state.

“These valuable resources underscore what those in our industry have known to be true for decades: that the fruit and vegetable industry has a tangible impact on the health and economy of every state in the country,” said United Fresh President and CEO Tom Stenzel. “Even in states that may not traditionally be considered produce growing states, producers are growing, shipping and selling fresh fruits and vegetables, employing workers, and contributing to the health and well-being of their communities, both physically and economically.”

The state profiles also detail the impact of adult and childhood obesity and diabetes in each state, as well as the number of participants in federal feeding programs such as the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.

Additionally, the profiles examine each state’s share of the Farm Bill Specialty Crop Block Grants, WIC program funding and funding allotment for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, showcasing projects and success stories for each.

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