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March 30, 2007
Last month, a bipartisan group of congressmen announced the introduction of the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy Act of 2007 (STRIVE Act). Authored by Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.),...
March 30, 2007
On March 20, 2007, Representatives Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), Randy Kuhl (R-N.Y.), John Salazar (D-Colo.), Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), Rick Larson (D-Wash.) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced the Equitable Agriculture Today for a Healthy America Act...
March 30, 2007
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated 33,000 H-2B visa cap for the final six months of Fiscal Year 2007....
March 30, 2007
Late last week, Syngenta announced the acquisition of the Fischer group. “We’re joining them as a totally independent company,” Gary Falkenstein, co-president of Fischer USA, told GPN. “In North America, Canada and the United States, Fischer USA is...
March 23, 2007
Encore Azalea Announces Gulf Restoration Project Encore Azalea announced last week an initiative designed to aid those affected by hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. The company is seeking applications from institutional planners interested in...
March 23, 2007
OFA’s board of directors voted last month to identify and pursue opportunities to manage other organizations or events. “OFA has a proven track record of association and event management. We are now in the position to assist those needing this type...
March 23, 2007
After a long, cold winter for most of the country, consumers are eager to celebrate Easter with their family and friends, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) 2007 Easter Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. This year, shoppers who...
March 23, 2007
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced it is now accepting applications for its 2008 competitive research grants program. HRI...
March 23, 2007
Four key fundraisers supporting the non-profit organization America In Bloom (AIB) will be held in conjunction with this year’s OFA Short Course, July 14-17, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. AIB chose this venue for the fundraisers because OFA has provided...
March 23, 2007
A memorial tribute has been established within the American Floral Endowment honoring Arthur Ito, a longtime member of the floral industry. Ito began his floriculture career in 1935 at the age of 17. His first job in the industry was at Los Angeles...
March 15, 2007
In 1999, Jenn Buck completed the Professional Landcare Network’s Student Career Days event at the University of Kentucky as part of Virginia Tech’s team. She had no idea that eight years later, she would be running the event. She finished in the top...
March 15, 2007
Growers attending the 2007 OFA Short Course, July 14-17, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio, will find solutions to today’s business challenges. The session tracks are divided into greenhouse production, greenhouse advanced and greenhouse survival. Here is an...
March 15, 2007
According to new report from the Garden Writers Association Foundation (GWAF), a shift in consumer attitude may signal a market gain for garden centers and local retailers in 2007. As reported in the Early Spring Gardening Trends Research Report...
March 15, 2007
February retail sales (excluding automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) increased 2.7 percent unadjusted over last year and declined 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted from January, according to the National Retail Federation. According to figures...
March 15, 2007
North Carolina’s green industry contributes $8.6 billion to the state’s economy, according to results of a study released last week. The green industry comprises growers of greenhouse/nursery stock, Christmas trees and flowers, sod producers and...
March 09, 2007
McCorkle Nurseries Joins Encore Azalea Grower Network Encore Azalea has added McCorkle Nurseries to its 9-member wholesale grower network. McCorkle Nurseries should bring increased distribution and growing capacity for Encore Azalea. Encore...
March 09, 2007
The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) spoke on behalf of labor-intensive agriculture in the United States at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Agricultural Outlook Conference. ANLA provided an overview of agriculture’s...
March 09, 2007
Steve Newton has been named executive vice president of the Southern Nursery Association (SNA). Skeeter McCorkle, SNA president, made the announcement last Monday. “SNA has found the right leader for our ever-changing marketplace,” McCorkle stated...
March 09, 2007
Totaling more than 7 acres, this year’s OFA Short Course trade show is expanding to 1,440 exhibit spaces, a 122-booth increase. AgriNomix, Dillen Products, and Novalis have moved to a newly opened section and will anchor this expanded space. Also...
March 09, 2007
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the primary agency tasked with preventing the entry of potentially invasive pests and pathogens via nursery plants and other pathways. Currently, the agency...