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Clay Target Shooting Facilities, Agritourism, April 2014 - Trap, skeet or sporting clays activities are designed to create and capture value based on time and capital investments. Clay-target venues, large or small, are an innovative service that provides a participatory “experiential product” that is partly created through targeted advertising and promotion but becomes a quality “product” in terms of atmosphere, quality of the venue, level of service and group camaraderie.

Celery, Vegetables, April 2014 - According to the USDA, the 2013 crop of celery totaled 18 million cwt, and at an average price of $18.50 per cwt (crate weight based on 60 pounds per crate), the total value of celery was nearly $458 million.

Shrimp, Aquaculture, March 2014 - Seafood is the second largest U.S. trade-deficit category behind petroleum.  In 2010, the seafood-related deficit was $10.4 billion dollars and increasing.  Shrimp is the most preferred U.S. seafood followed product, consumption is double that of the second-most preferred product, canned tuna (source: fishwatch.gov). 

Maple Sugar, Specialty Crops, March 2014 - The U.S. production of maple syrup in 2013 totaled nearly 3.25 million gallons, up 70 percent from 2012. The cool temperatures in early spring delayed budding of maple trees, which led to a longer tap season in 2013 than in 2012.


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