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January 19, 2007
Greenhouse operators looking for strategies to lower their monthly fuel bills are encouraged to attend a series of winter grower meetings coordinated by Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. Five meetings will take place across Michigan: Jan...
January 19, 2007
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is hosting an electronic public discussion on methods used to evaluate the potential of imported plants to become invasive species if they are introduced into the United States. Anyone can...
January 19, 2007
The House of Representatives recently voted to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time since 1997, boosting it by $2.10 an hour to $7.25 in three phases over two years. The new rate would mean about $4,000 a year more for a minimum-wage...
January 12, 2007
Smithers-Oasis Co. Buys Floralife Smithers-Oasis Co. announced that it has purchased Floralife, Inc., a supplier of post-harvest floral products, from AgroFresh, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rohm and Haas Company. Smithers-Oasis...
January 12, 2007
The Society of American Florists (SAF) is accepting nominations for its annual awards, which honors those who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the floral industry. The 2007 awards deadline is Feb. 1, 2007. This year’s awards will be...
January 12, 2007
The Perennial Plant Association will be hosting its 1-day regional P.L.A.N.T.S. Symposium on Jan. 21, 2007, in Columbus, Ohio. The event will take place in the ballroom of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Guest speakers will discuss “...
January 12, 2007
A bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives recently announced the reintroduction of the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefit and Security Act of 2007, or AgJOBS. The legislation intends to provide for a more stable, secure, safe and legal U...
January 05, 2007
McGregor, Florexpo And Westhoff Sign License Agreement Westhoff and McGregor Plant Sales Inc. recently signed a licensing agreement on genetics to be produced by Florexpo. This agreement opens additional sales and production channels for Westhoff...
January 05, 2007
For the second consecutive year, All-America Rose Selections (AARS) announces the call for entries to its Designing with Roses Competition, which recognizes and honors excellence in landscape architecture and garden design. The competition is...
January 05, 2007
Erin Benzakien has been selected as the recipient of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) Research Committee Grower Grant for 2006. Benzakien, an organic flower grower and owner of Floret, a small floral design business in Mount...
January 05, 2007
Thomas Boyle, professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Amherst and GPN contributing author, died Dec. 19, 2006, of renal cancer. Boyle managed a research program in plant genetics and taught undergraduate and graduate students....
January 05, 2007
Last Wednesday, The Home Depot announced its CEO, Robert Nardelli, resigned. In a statement released by the company, Nardelli and the board “mutually agreed” to the decision. Frank Blake, the current vice chairman of Depot’s board of directors and...
December 15, 2006
Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery To Distribute PBH Product Riceland Foods, Inc., has named Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies its exclusive Northeast and Mid-Atlantic distributor of PBH Growing Medium Material, a processed and sterilized...
December 15, 2006
Selecta First Class recently announced a new Pack Trial presentation called the Profit Center. The presentation will focus on growers and their distributors and help sales reps to better serve customers. Selecta will present the 2007/08 spring...
December 15, 2006
Microsoft Corp. recently announced that Paul Ecke Ranch, producer of more than 70 percent of the world’s poinsettias and chief patent holder of the plant’s many varieties, has selected Microsoft Dynamics GP to help its financial processes grow. The...
December 15, 2006
Congress recently approved a 6-month extension of the Andean Trade Preference and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) for Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia (major cut flower supplier countries). Therefore, duties will not be assessed on importers of...
December 15, 2006
Last month, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed legislation that makes it more difficult for order-gatherers to masquerade as local florists. The new law establishes "a private cause of legal action" against out-of-state businesses that pretend...
December 08, 2006
Danville Gardens New Trial Site For FloraStar Danville Gardens, Danville, Ill., has joined FloraStar as a new trial site. Danville Gardens also has a satellite location in Champaign, Ill. This addition marks FloraStar’s twentieth trial site in...
December 08, 2006
The American Nursery & Landscape Association’s (ANLA) Management Clinic will take place Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2007, in Louisville, Ky. The Management Clinic is focused on developing the business skills of owners and managers in growing, distributing...