Economic impact of blueberry production in Georgia
McKissick, John C.
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Production of blueberries in Georgia is concentrated in southeastern counties according to the 2005 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report compiled by the Center of Agribusiness and Economic Development. County agents in the state reported a total of 9,042 acres with a value of $59.4 million. Production leads to a total economic impact of $97.4 million, or $10,771 per acre. Output leads to a total of 1,367 full-time and part-time jobs in Georgia with earnings and benefits that total $36.9 million, or 26,967 per job. Each acre of Georgia blueberry production leads to $4,077 of labor income for employees and proprietors. State tax revenues generated by blueberry production are $2.9 million and local tax revenues are $1.9 million for total taxes of $4.8 million.