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A study commissioned by a produce industry association has found that Arizona’s leafy green vegetable industry, dominated by Yuma County growers, generates about $2 billion of economic impact every year, twice the amount most often used to estimate its contribution.
The results, based on 2015 data, come as more of a surprise to some local industry figures than others. “It was kind of eye-opening,” said Jerry Muldoon, chairman of the Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee board, the association which funded the study,
“It was more than we’d ever estimated before, just because it was just the direct sales we were looking at. But now, taking all the other factors, the jobs and on and on and on, it’s a pretty huge number.”