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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...
December 16, 2005
OFA, in cooperation with the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), is offering OFA members the opportunity to participate in the ANLA Management Clinic. OFA members who are not current members of ANLA are eligible to receive a $100...
December 16, 2005
A recent report sent from Julieta Brambila, Florida APHIS/USDA, and posted on the University of Florida IFAS Pest Alert Web site, stated that Duponchelia fovealis, a pest of peppers, begonias and other ornamentals, was found in three Canadian...
December 09, 2005
Actinovate SP Receives California Registration Actinovate SP fungicide, from Natural Industries, Inc., has received approval for sale in California. Actinovate SP was developed to be a 100-percent soluble powder labeled for use against a broad...
December 09, 2005
Applications and information regarding the 2006-2007 Shinoda Memorial Scholarships for college students planning careers in floriculture and related fields are now available online for download at www.shinodascholarship.org Hard copies of the...
December 09, 2005
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 U.S. Central Region and were recently spotlighted in the FIRST newsletter...
December 09, 2005
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) reports that House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced his long-rumored enforcement-only bill on December 6, 2005. Among other things, it mandates electronic verification of...
December 09, 2005
GPN and Nexus Corporation are excited to announce the 2005 GPN /Nexus Intern Scholarship winner — Scott Stiles. Scott, a senior at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., is unlike the previous five scholarship winners. Instead of interning...
December 02, 2005
GreenPartners Web Site Enhanced Syngenta Professional Products has recently enhanced its GreenPartners reward program Web site (www.greenpartnersonline.com) to provide a more-user-friendly shopping and ordering experience. The Web site for the...
December 02, 2005
After 20 years in development, a new cuphea variety has the potential to lessen the U.S. trade deficit, reduce U.S. dependency on some petrochemicals and, most importantly for U.S. agriculture, deliver profitable alternatives to growers, according...
December 02, 2005
USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have developed a method to keep insects such as moths, beetles and their larvae from damaging and contaminating stored products. ARS scientists at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and...