The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is set to release the 2008 “Operating Cost Study for the Green Industry” publication, a newly revised comprehensive collection of financial data from green industry firms surveyed nationwide, at its upcoming Green Industry Conference (GIC), October 22–25, 2008, in Louisville, Ky.

The publication, sponsored by Agrium Advanced Technologies, provides the financial information green industry professionals need to evaluate, plan, and better manage their businesses. Results profiled in the report are based on income statements, balance sheets, and operating data provided by the participating companies. The charts contained in the report are designed to provide comprehensive, yet straightforward guidelines for analyzing profitability among green industry companies.

The report is organized into several sections — an executive summary with an overview of the study results; detailed results with in-depth reporting of return on investment, income statements, balance sheets, financial ratios and productivity ratios; line-of-business analysis with breakouts on the key operating segments within the industry; and an appendix that provides an overview of the survey methodology and detailed information on the calculation of the financial ratios used in the report.

Following GIC, copies of the “Operating Cost Study for the Green Industry” can be ordered through the PLANET Bookstore at or by calling 800-293-5542.