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February 01, 2006
It's that time of year again, time for the GPN /John Henry Company Creative Marketing Award nominations. If you or someone you know has an outstanding and successful marketing program, let us know, and they might be eligible to win the award. The...
January 27, 2006
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than 100 stop sale orders nationwide to importers and distributors of unregistered pesticides manufactured by RepelleX Lawn and Garden Products, a Canadian company. EPA has...
January 27, 2006
The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) has named Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Feuerhexe’ (Firewitch) the 2006 Perennial Plant of the Year. Cheddar pink is the common name of this sun exposure perennial. It is an evergreen selection with bluish-gray,...
January 27, 2006
As part of its efforts to bring young floriculture professional to the industry, FIRST is spotlighting some of its 2005 scholarship winners. The following winners are from the Eastern part of the United States and were recently spotlighted in the...
January 27, 2006
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently announced $2.8 billion in aid to assist victims of the 2005 hurricane season. Agricultural producers will receive $1.2 billion through various programs and $1.6 billion will restore homes and rural...
January 20, 2006
BioWorks News BioWorks, Inc. announced that MilStop Broad Spectrum Foliar Fungicide received approval for expanded crops and usage in California. It is now labeled on ornamental, greenhouse and agricultural crops and has an expanded disease...
January 20, 2006
The Home Depot unveiled its growth targets for 2010 at its annual meeting last week with the investment community. Over the next five years, the company expects to maintain and grow its leadership position in home improvement retail worldwide. At...
January 20, 2006
With this month’s federal ban on most uses of methyl bromide, University of Florida (UF) scientists are searching for alternatives to the widely used soil fumigant that is essential for the production of fruits, vegetables and ornamentals. “Finding...
January 20, 2006
For Valentine’s Day, it is estimated that more than 180 million stems of roses will be bestowed upon sweethearts around the world, according to the Flower Promotion Organization (FPO). While Cupid is busy keeping love alive, it may take a flower...
January 20, 2006
Pleasant View Gardens officially opened a new 56,000 sq.ft. greenhouse facility in Loudon, N.H., on January 4, 2006. Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) officially opened a new 56,000 sq.ft. greenhouse facility in Loudon, N.H., on January 4, 2006. The...
January 20, 2006
The Michigan Floriculture Growers Council — a newly formed organization advocating for floriculture growers in Michigan — has teamed with the Michigan Farm Bureau to contact Consumers Energy and DTE to explore the possibility of budget billing for...
January 13, 2006
Wisconsin Growers Eligible for Controller Rebates As of Jan. 1, 2006, Wisconsin greenhouse owners served by certain utility companies became eligible for rebates on purchases of greenhouse controller equipment. Focus on Energy, a public-private...
January 13, 2006
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) opened an informal investigation into charges that The Home Depot Inc. inflated profits through supplier payments meant to cover the cost of damaged merchandise, reported Reuters, citing a New York...
January 13, 2006
The Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation (COPF), an effective plant management program running for the past 41 years in Canada, has incorporated a nonprofit organization in the United States called Plant Watch. Plant Watch will build on COPF’s...
January 13, 2006
The Oregon Association of Nurseries Board of Directors recently announced the launch of Advantage Oregon, a transportation management services corporation that will provide long-haul freight management services to Oregon producers and processors of...
January 13, 2006
As of Jan. 1, 2006, non-EU growers are eligible to join the Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer cooperative, , commonly referred to as the Aalsmeer flower auction, in The Netherlands,. This decision was approved at the Aalsmeer members’ meeting, held in...
January 13, 2006
Recently, the Society of American Florists (SAF) and the Flower Promotion Organization (FPO) decided to bring together their collective resources to form a strategic alliance for 2006. The alliance makes possible groundbreaking university research...
January 13, 2006
In an effort to help consumers develop greater gardening success, P. Allen Smith and Proven Winners (PW) have developed a new partnership. According to PW, “Allen has become the country’s most influential gardening expert with consumers, and his...
December 16, 2005
In a letter received from Fischer USA, Co-Presidents Gary Falkenstein and Karl Trellinger state the company is involved in a business dispute with an unnamed individual regarding a recent Xanthomonas find at Fischer’s Kenyan facility. According to...
December 16, 2005
Drammatic K Suppresses Fusarium? In a recent study conducted by the University of Guelph, in Canada, suppression of fusarium occurred in plants fertilized with Drammatic K fish hydrolysate. In the study, cyclamen plants were exposed to fusarium...