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March 22, 2008
In the wake of a continued labor crisis, the passage of anti-employer state legislation and the prospect of the social security no-match rule being reissued as early as April, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a strong supporter of the AgJOBS legislation, is...
March 22, 2008
Michigan greenhouse growers, currently facing increasing pressure from major retailers to operate in a sustainable manner, have a new assessment tool to help them meet the industry’s demand for environmental responsibility. Greenhouse *A* Syst...
March 20, 2008
We recently received this legislative action notice from OFA — An Association of Floriculture Professionals — and the Society of American Florists (SAF) and wanted to pass it on to you. The Floriculture & Nursery Research Initiative is at risk...
March 14, 2008
Costa Farms Names New Executives Costa Farms, a leader in indoor plant production and one of the nation’s largest bedding producers, has new energy in its management. Costa Farms has added three high-level executives to the team: Mike Rimland,...
March 14, 2008
Geranium growers: Any nagging questions keeping you up at night? Look no further then Ecke Ranch’s Tech Help Bulletin Board, On Board. The site has been the go-to place for fast, accurate poinsettia information for the past four poinsettia seasons...
March 14, 2008
Elzinga & Hoeksema’s (E&H) newest greenhouse embraces sustainability from top to bottom. E&H Greenhouses, one of southwest Michigan’s largest commercial greenhouse growers, has constructed “one of the Midwest’s first USDA-certified-...
March 14, 2008
Two Michigan State University researchers headed to the Netherlands on a journey to find solutions to curb the state’s rising energy costs. And the trip abroad opened their eyes to some innovative strategies. Since 2004, energy costs have...
March 07, 2008
California-based Armstrong Garden Centers has purchased 15 Pike Family Nurseries retail locations for $5.2 million, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week. Pike, a long-standing Atlanta powerhouse, filed for bankruptcy protection last...
March 07, 2008
Water. Labor. The Farm Bill. These are some of the state and federal policy issues that the Michigan Floriculture Growers Council (MFGC) has selected to focus on for 2008. The MFGC Policy Committee established a comprehensive list of important...
March 07, 2008
In this fast-changing industry, the need to increase efficiency and accuracy in the supply chain has become more vital than ever. As a direct response to changes within the industry, three distributors — BWI Companies, Inc., Griffin Greenhouse and...
March 07, 2008
Takii & Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that breeds, produces and sells vegetable and flower varieties since 1835, has acquired 100 percent share in Global Flowers. Established in 1996, Global Flowers is a company specialized in breeding,...
March 07, 2008
Two critical industry issues, open trade and comprehensive immigration reform, took center stage during the Society of American Florist’s (SAF) 28th annual Congressional Action Days, which took place Feb. 25 and 26. SAF members met in 166...
March 07, 2008
New Compact SunPatiens Hit Market Home Depot’s VIVA! program has added to its well-received SunPatiens program. Along with Sakata Seed America and Ecke Ranch, the VIVA! program will feature a lineup of more compact genetics suitable for quart...
February 29, 2008
Configure Now Available for Use in California The ornamentals industry has a new product for California growers who want to produce fuller, more marketable plants with improved blooms — Configure plant growth regulator from Fine Americas, Inc.,...
February 29, 2008
In a time of heightened competition, vendors that can help garden centers stand out from the competition deserve some accolades. With this idea in mind, Monrovia Growers was named the first ever Vendor of the Year by Armstrong Garden Centers,...
February 29, 2008
In 2007, the American Floral Endowment (AFE) assisted aspiring horticulturists in pursuing their dreams. Nineteen scholarships were awarded to eligible horticulture students pursuing careers in an industry-related field. All scholarships were...
February 29, 2008
The price tag that comes with caring for non-native plant species is steep, said ecologist Jack Pizzo, during a speech at the Conservation Foundation’s Winter Membership & Awards Luncheon last week. Non-native plants cost the United States...
February 29, 2008
In February, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that the hard-hit state, with a 61-county Level 4 drought area, would ease outdoor watering limitations through exemptions to the drought response plan implemented in September 2007. This action “...
February 26, 2008
Aquascape to Create “Water Gardens of the Future” At Epcot Center For the sixth year in a row, Aquascape and a group of Certified Aquascape Contractors (CAC) will descend on Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center to create water gardens of the future....
February 26, 2008
“For it’s one, two, three strikes… You’re in!” In addition to its signature pre-arranged appointment format, the National Lawn & Garden Show (NLGS) is also known for its entertaining networking and social events. This year’s show, scheduled...
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