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Unformatted text preview: projected to rise
near the record 2010 level of $32 million after an
estimated $28 million in 2011. A big question in
the Colorado fruit and produce industry for 2012
will be how cantaloupe growers, consumers, and
regulators will respond to the listeria crisis of 2011.
While cantaloupe represents a relatively small and
regional component of fruits and vegetables in Colorado—approximately 1,500 acres on more
than 60 farms mostly in Otero County—confidence will be slow to recover, and some producers
will switch to nonhorticultural crops (e.g., corn) in
The continuing weakness in the housing market
has led to fewer housing starts, resulting in far
fewer new lawns and landscaping in 2011 than in
the boom years prior to the recession. The floriculture and greenhouse industry, including sod production, will depend largely on the recovery of new
home construction to drive growth as the economy
stabilizes. Greenhouses are experiencing strong
growth in demand for vegetables, and nurseries are
finding double-digit growth in demand...
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