Apr 19, 2013
Every week, librarian Judy Woodward compiles the most interesting reference questions and sends them to the Roseville Review. Here's this week's inquiry!
Q. What can you tell me about peat? Is the United States a net importer or exporter?
A. Peat is used for gardening and soil improvement purposes that range from golf courses to earthworm cultivation. The United States gets about 60% of its peat from elsewhere, mostly Canada. Our own peat production figures are declining. In 2012 the U.S produced 560,000 metric tons of the stuff, which was over 50,000 metric tons less than our output in 2008. Minnesota may have larger peat reserves than elsewhere, however, since our state together with Florida is the largest producer of the substance in the continental U.S. You can find more statistics about peat and other mineral commodities at the U.S. Geological Survey website.