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June 23, 2006
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently announced that nearly $1.5 million in grant funds is now available to eligible cooperatives and associations of cooperatives to help small, minority producers develop business plans, conduct...
June 23, 2006
Due to poor financial results and declining attendance, the Chicago Flower & Garden show has been canceled after sponsor WGN Radio withdrew. For 12 years, the show drew gardeners and other visitors to Navy Pier in Chicago, Ill., and displayed...
June 23, 2006
NHS Print has partnered with the Flower Promotion Organization (FPO) to offer real estate agents marketing tools featuring fresh-cut-flower ideas and inspiration. Starting in June 2006, agents will be able to have their promotional postcards printed...
June 16, 2006
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it has established regulations governing the submission of requests regarding changes to import regulations for plants, plant parts or plant products...
June 16, 2006
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently announced the availability of $75.7 million Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds for newly authorized practices to help landowners and operators address 2005 hurricane damages. "These Emergency...
June 16, 2006
If high gas prices were supposed to slow things down, someone forgot to tell the consumer. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), retail industry sales for May (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) rose 8.2 percent...
June 16, 2006
President Bush recently announced the federal government would make it easier for employers to verify employment eligibility and would continue to hold employers accountable for the workers they hire. To that end, the Department of Homeland Security...
June 16, 2006
The OFA Web site (www.ofa.org) was hijacked earlier this week by a foreign entity. As a result, OFA does not currently have ownership or control of its own Web site. While the association tries to resolve the matter, OFA has established a temporary...
June 09, 2006
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns met with more than 40 leading growers, producer associations and local politicians at a June 8, 2006, immigration roundtable in Fresno, Calif. It was the first of two stops in the state. Johanns opened the...
June 09, 2006
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc. (ASCFG) will holds its 2006 National Conference and Trade Show October 26-29 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, Calif. The popular Growers’ School, providing the basics of cut-flower...
June 09, 2006
New England Grows was listed among the top tradeshows in Tradeshow Week’s 32nd edition of Tradeshow Week 200, an annual ranking of the largest shows in North America. New England Grows ranked No. 174 on the list, which was published in April. The...
June 09, 2006
Ecke Ranch has launched two new programs designed to increase profits for growers and retailers: Some Like It Hot and Energy Efficient Annuals. Some Like It Hot “With the advent of commitment inventory and pay by scan, growers are being asked to...
June 02, 2006
Hamilton Engineering Celebrates 25 Years Hamilton Engineering, a provider of hot water boilers to the greenhouse industry, is observing its 25th anniversary. Founded in 1981 by current president Jeff Deal and his wife, Diana, the company has grown...
June 02, 2006
Garden Centers of America (GCA) has announced that the following companies will be returning to participate in GCA’s Fashion in Bloom in 2006: American Takii Kraft Gardens Bailey Nurseries Monrovia Growers Ball FloraPlant North Creek Nurseries...
June 02, 2006
Selenium could play a key role in effective integrated pest management, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists with the Biological Control of Insects Research Laboratory in Columbia, Mo. Insect biochemist Kent Shelby and insect...
June 02, 2006
Chicago, Ill., City Council members are considering a proposed ordinance that would require larger retailers such as Wal-Mart or Home Depot to pay employees a “living wage” of at least $10 per hour plus $3 per hour in benefits. The bill would affect...
June 02, 2006
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced that a very active hurricane season is looming in the Atlantic region and encouraged individuals to make preparations to better protect their lives and livelihoods. During...
May 26, 2006
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) and the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announced last Friday that they have decided not to proceed with plans to merge the two organizations. In confirming the decision, PLANET...
May 26, 2006
Last week, by a vote of 62-36, the U.S. Senate displayed overwhelming bi-partisan support for comprehensive immigration reform and cleared the way for a final conference with the U.S. House of Representatives. The main features of the Comprehensive...
May 26, 2006
New Sampler Package Makes Perennials More Accessible Darwin Plants has launched a new deal on its Darwin PlantSpotters program that makes it easy for nurseries of all sizes to stock and promote a collection of 26 varieties from the Darwin...