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February 01, 2007
The National Retail Federation (NRF) recently released its 2007 forecast, predicting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) will increase 4.8 percent from last year. According to its quarterly Retail Sales...
January 26, 2007
Selecta Adds Three Root-And-Sell Companies Selecta First Class, Inc., recently announced the addition of three new companies: Pleasant View Gardens, Van de Wetering Greenhouses and Yoder Brothers. They are joining Selecta’s existing root-and-sell...
January 26, 2007
The Society for American Florists (SAF) 23rd Annual Conference on Pest and Disease Management for Ornamentals will take place next month in Portland, Ore. The focus of this year’s conference is “New Directions.” Organizers have planned more than 20...
January 26, 2007
President Bush expressed a commitment to comprehensive immigration reform recently during his State of the Union address. The President said that reform must include security at U.S. borders; a workable worksite enforcement system; a temporary...
January 26, 2007
The House of Representatives recently approved H.R. 1, the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 introduced by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), in a 299-128 vote. One bill provision would expand...
January 19, 2007
America In Bloom has organized a contest that helps community members better their neighborhoods. Registration for this year’s contest closes on Feb. 28. The 8-point program works to improve tidiness, heritage awareness, environmental programs and...
January 19, 2007
New England Grows 2007 will take place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass., Feb. 6-8. Thousands of green industry professionals are expected to participate in this year’s conference. Industry professionals, academics,...
January 19, 2007
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) recently announced the appointment of Sten Crissey to the new position of vice president of development and industry relations. Effective Feb. 1, Crissey will be responsible for raising awareness for AFE and...
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....
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