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2000-2001 Pesticide Market Estimates: Producers and Users

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4.1  Pesticide Producers and Users

Table 4.1 lists estimates of the number of firms that are pesticide producers, formulators, and distributors. Table 4.2 lists estimates of farm land, acres harvested, and the number of farms using pesticides and fertilizers. Table 4.3 lists estimates of the number of pest control firms and certified pesticide applicators. Table 4.4 lists estimates of the number of households using pesticides.

Table 4.1
The Number of U.S. Pesticide Producers,
Formulators, and Distributors
Major Basic Producers 18
Other Pesticide Producers 100
   
Major National Formulators 150-200
Other Pesticide Formulators 2,000
   
Major Distributors and Establishments 250-350
Other Distributors and Establishments 16,900

Source: EPA estimates based on EPA proprietary data.

Table 4.2
Land in Farms, Land Harvested, Number
of Farms, and Farms Using Pesticides
Number
Land in Farms (acres)
941M
Land Harvested (acres)
311M
Total Number of Farms
2.156M
Total Number of Farms with Cropland
1.661M
Total Number of Farms with Harvested Cropland
1.411M
Number of Farms Using Chemicals for:
    Insects on Crops/Hay
366,000
    Nematodes
43,000
    Diseases on Crops/Orchards
112,000
    Weed/Grass/Brush
685,000
    Defoliation/Fruit Thinning
51,000
    Any or all of the above
941,000
    Any or all of the above plus fertilizer
1,325,000

Source: 1997 USDA Census of Agriculture exit EPA disclaimer, 2003 USDA Agricultural Statistics exit EPA disclaimer. M = million

Table 4.3
Number of Commercial Pest Control Firms
and Number of Certified Applicators
Number
Commercial Pest Control Firms
33,100
Private (1) Certified Applicators
693,181
Commercial (2) Certified Applicators
421,730

Source: Estimates based on 1992 EPA National Home and Garden Pesticide Use Survey and 2001 EPA estimates of the number of certified private and commercial pesticide applicators.
(1) Private certified applicators refers primarily to individual farmers.
(2) Commercial certified applicators refers to professional pesticide applicators.

Table 4.4
Number of U.S. Households Using Pesticides
Pesticide Type U.S. Households
Insecticides 59 Million
Fungicides 14 Million
Herbicides 41 Million
Repellents 53 Million
Disinfectants 59 Million
Any Pesticides 78 Million
Note: In 2000, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the U.S. population to be 281.4 million and 105.5 million households.
Source: EPA estimates based on 1992 EPA National Home and Garden Survey and 2000 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates exit EPA disclaimer.
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