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1998-1999 Pesticide Market Estimates: Producers and Users

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4.1  Pesticide Producers and Users

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

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

Source: EPA estimates based on EPA proprietary data.

Table 4.1b
Land in Farms, Farm Acres Harvested, the Number of Farms,
and the Number of Farms Using Pesticides
Number
1. Land in Farms
932M
2. Land Harvested
309M
3. Total Number of Farms
1.912M
4. Total Number of Farms with Cropland
1.661M
5. Total Number of Farms with Harvested Cropland
1.411M
6. Number of Farms Using Chemicals for:
    A. Insects on Hay/Crops
366,000
    B. Nematodes
43,000
    C. Diseases on Crops/Orchards
112,000
    D. Weed/Grass/Brush
685,000
    E. Defoliation/Fruit Thinning
51,000
    F. Any or all of the above
941,000
    G. Any or all of the above
1,325,000

Source: 1997 Census of Agriculture (http://www.nass.usda.gov/census). exit EPA disclaimer

Table 4.1c
The Number of Commercial Pest Control Firms
and Number of Certified Applicators
Number
1. Commercial Pest Control Firms 33,100
2. Private (1) Certified Applicators 803,423
3. Commercial (2) Certified Applicators 384,092

Source: Estimates based on 1992 EPA National Home and Garden Pesticide Use Survey and 1999 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 4.1d
The Number of Households Using Pesticides
1. Number of Households Using:  
    A. Insecticides 58 Million
    B. Fungicides 14 Million
    C. Herbicides 40 Million
    D. Repellents 5 Million
    E. Disinfectants 58 Million
    F. Any Pesticides 77 Million

Note: In 1999 the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the U.S. population to be 272.7 million and 103.9 million households.
Source: EPA estimates based on 1992 EPA National Home and Garden Survey and 1999 U.S. Census Bureau population
estimates.
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