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August 18, 2006
Earlier this year, GPN and OFA — An Association of Floriculture Professionals teamed up to produce the 2006 GPN/OFA State of the Industry Survey. Nearly 550 GPN subscribers and OFA members completed an Internet survey on such things as grower...
August 11, 2006
Hines Horticulture reported a roughly 12-percent decrease in net sales for the second quarter of 2006 last week. The decreased second quarter sales largely contributed to an agreement Hines negotiated with its lender in which the company will sell...
August 11, 2006
New Tulip Named For Chicago’s First Lady DeVroomen Holland Garden Products recently registered a new variety of pink lily flower tulip, tulipa ‘Maggie Daley’. Jack DeVroomen, a Netherlands’ grower, presented Chicago, Ill., First Lady Maggie Daley...
August 11, 2006
EuroAmerican Propagators will host Autumn In Bloom, its 2006 Fall Open House, Sept. 4-15 in Bonsall, Calif. Visitors will be able to view the company’s newest introductions for 2006-2007. The company also will display its plant collections and...
August 11, 2006
Garden policy experts from across the nation will convene in Des Moines, Iowa, next month for a summit on the social, environmental and health benefits of gardening. The 2006 National Summit on Garden Policy, sponsored by Drake University’s...
August 11, 2006
Last week, U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Larry Craig (R-ID) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced their co-sponsorship of the Specialty Crop Competition Act (S.2487). The legislation is designed to support the growing and exporting of specialty...
August 11, 2006
The Chicago, Ill., City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring retailers with more than $1 billion in annual sales and stores of 90,000 sq.ft. or more to pay employees at least $10 an hour plus $3 in benefits by 2010. Reaction by the big box...
August 04, 2006
McGregor, Florexpo Introduce Grass Program McGregor Plant Sales Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., and Florexpo, Cartago, Costa Rica, have announced a new grasses program designed to help growers save on plant costs and bench time. The program is also intended...
August 04, 2006
FloraStar has expanded its trialing and awards program to now include new varieties of shrub and landscape roses and perennials. As part of the program, the winning varieties will be promoted to commercial growers, the consumer and business press...
August 04, 2006
Project EverGreen awarded its first “Because Green Matters” scholarships to Amy Hegwood and Tao Fan. Both will receive $2,500 awards to assist in preparing for careers in the green industry. Hegwood is pursuing an environmental horticulture degree...
August 04, 2006
The University of Minnesota has created a new Web site and set up a toll-free phone number to help answer questions about this summer’s drought. The University’s Extension Service Web site now has a section containing information on heat safety and...
August 04, 2006
A recent meeting of green industry academia and horticultural professionals highlighted some important research projects currently being funded by the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI). These Initiative-funded projects continue to...
August 04, 2006
Last week, a coalition of 14 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require pesticide manufacturers to disclose all of the hazardous ingredients on their product labels. Currently, the EPA requires...
July 27, 2006
PW Adds To Packaging Program Proven Winners (PW) is making new pots and POP kits available for several of the varieties in its Proven Packages program. For the 2006-2007 growing season, growers will have the option of purchasing any-sized,...
July 27, 2006
Sakata Seed America will conduct pansy trials this fall at three different locations. Each site will provide a venue for a regionalized evaluation of Sakata genetics to include a full comparison trial. The trials will provide an opportunity for...
July 27, 2006
The Flower Promotion Organization (FPO) recently announced a new policy allowing floriculture industry professionals the opportunity to link to the FPO Web site. Web traffic at www.flowerpossibilities.com/ and www.flowermd.com has increased more...
July 27, 2006
The floriculture industry came together in Columbus, Ohio, earlier this month for the 2006 OFA Short Course, sponsored by OFA — an Association of Floriculture Professionals. Short Course took place July 8-11 at the Columbus Convention Center....
July 27, 2006
A recently enacted state law in Florida exempts electricity used for agricultural production, including floriculture and horticulture, from the state’s sales tax. The new law is designed to help growers keep their production costs down. Under the...
July 27, 2006
Don “Skeeter” McCorkle, CEO of McCorkle Nurseries, Dearing, Ga., and a member of the American Nursery & Landscape Association’s Legislative Policy Committee, met with United States Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez last week to discuss...
July 27, 2006
With 80 percent of its land in use for agriculture, Texas is the second-largest agriculture state in the country and ornamental plants rank second-largest agricultural product in the state. Wholesale receipts last year from Cherokee, Van Zandt,...