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2006-2007 Pesticide Market Estimates: Producers and Users

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4.1  Pesticide Producers and Users

Table 4.1 lists 2007 estimates of the number of firms that are pesticide producers, formulators, and distributors.
Table 4.2 lists 2007 estimates of the number of exterminating and pest control firms and certified pesticide applicators.
Table 4.3 lists 2007 estimates of farm land, acres harvested, and the number of farms using pesticides and fertilizers.
Table 4.4 lists 2007 estimates of the number of households using pesticides.

Table 4.1
Number of U.S. Pesticide Producers, Formulators, and Distributors
Major Pesticide Producers 12
Other Pesticide Producers 100
   
Major Pesticide Formulators 120–150
Other Pesticide Formulators 1,550
   
Major Distributors and Establishments 150–250
Other Distributors and Establishments 13,250

Source: EPA estimates based on EPA proprietary data.

Table 4.2
Number of Exterminating and Pest Control Firms
and Number of Certified Applicators
Number
Exterminating and Pest Control Firms 25,600
Private (1) Certified Applicators 538,053
Commercial (2) Certified Applicators 399,044

Source: EPA estimates based on EPA proprietary data and 2007 EPA data on 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 4.3
Land in Farms, Land Harvested,
Number of Farms, and Farms Using Pesticides
Number
Land in Farms (acres) 922 million
Land Harvested (acres) 310 million
Total Number of Farms 2.204 million
Total Number of Farms with Cropland 1.685 million
Total Number of Farms with Harvested Cropland 1.328 million
Number of Farms Using Chemicals for:
    Insects on Crops/Hay 354,357
    Nematodes 34,992
    Diseases on Crops/Orchards 97,333
    Weed/Grass/Brush 703,884
    Defoliation/Fruit Thinning 44,638
    Any or all of the above 918,604
    Any or all of the above plus fertilizer 1,288,360

Source: 2007 USDA Census of Agriculture

Table 4.4
Number of U.S. Households Using Pesticides By Pesticide Type
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 with 105.5 million households.

Source: EPA estimates based on the 1992 EPA National Home and Garden Survey and 2000 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates (www.quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states).

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