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August 26, 2005
FTD Group, Inc. announced last week that its subsidiary, Florists' Transworld Delivery Inc., has filed a complaint in Federal District Court in Chicago asserting false advertising claims against Provide Commerce, Inc. (ProFlowers). The lawsuit...
August 19, 2005
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) plant protection and quarantine program recently released its fourth and final report, Safeguarding Implementation — A Time for Celebration and Reflection . In...
August 19, 2005
Proven Winners (PW) is hitting the road to help retailers, growers and brokers learn more about its product and give suggestions for effective retail. According to PW, “By working together we can increase your profits and achieve success. The first...
August 19, 2005
In July, thousands of floriculture professionals converged on Columbus, Ohio for the annual OFA Short Course, sponsored by OFA — an Association of Floriculture Professionals. Attendees conducted business on the trade show floor, learned new skills...
August 19, 2005
As the second quarter came to an end, companies crunched numbers see if they were on track. Last week, Wal-Mart and Home Depot reported their earnings as good overall but fear that gas prices might hinder the future. Wal-Mart.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc....
August 19, 2005
People are used to hearing about trends in fashion, home décor and cuisine, but trends in flowers? Yes, flowers do come in and out of style, and what is chic is constantly evolving. What's hot in flowers for 2006 was unveiled at the American...
August 12, 2005
President Bush has signed into law the energy bill passed by Congress a few weeks ago. Bush “called it essential to U.S. national and economic security, on a day when the price of oil reached another record high, above $63 a barrel,” stated an...
August 12, 2005
Target announced last week that it has signed a deal that will bring upscale gardening and outdoor living brand Smith & Hawken to its stores. Smith & Hawken will design an exclusive line of items that will be available in Target garden...
August 12, 2005
News about flowers and florists reached a milestone in June when Family Circle magazine told nearly 14 million readers to buy flowers for a guaranteed uplift. This means that more than 500 million consumers have learned about the positive effects...
August 12, 2005
Usually known as a transitional month for retail, July saw strong gains in retail sales as shoppers continued to supplement trips to the beach with visits to the stores. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), retail industry sales for...
August 12, 2005
In a recent judgment, the Court in The Hague has decided that the gypsophila cultivar ‘Blancanieves’ is not an infringement on the variety Million Stars ‘Dangypmini’ (Danziger “Dan” Flower Farms) and that ‘Blancanieves’ is a completely new...
August 05, 2005
Frank's Nursery & Crafts, Inc. announced that on July 27, 2005, its Second Amended Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization became effective and it has formally emerged from Chapter 11. The reorganized company will operate as a real estate development...
August 05, 2005
A comprehensive energy bill that includes a provision extending Daylight Savings Time was passed by Congress shortly before its August recess began. The Daylight Savings provision is endorsed by the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA...
August 05, 2005
Scientists at Yale University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory report the first large-scale survey of patterns of gene expression in flowers, using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana , to identify the genes most likely to have critical roles in...
August 05, 2005
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) have announced the joint signing of a letter of intent to merge. Signing the letter of intent allows the merger evaluation to advance to due...
August 05, 2005
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns recently designated counties in Illinois as primary agricultural disaster areas. According to Wayne Bagget from the USDA, this new status does include flower and nursery growers. "I am very pleased that USDA is...
July 29, 2005
New Plant Health Company The creation of a new plant health company focused on serving the turf and ornamentals specialty agriculture and home and garden markets in the United States and Mexico was recently announced. The new company, Advan, LLC is...
July 29, 2005
To ensure that pesticide registrations continue to meet current health and safety standards, EPA is seeking public comment on a proposed approach to review each existing pesticide registration every 15 years. This new registration review program,...
July 29, 2005
“Pesticide use in or near U.S. schools sickened more than 2,500 children and school employees over a five-year period, and though most illnesses were mild, their numbers have increased, a nationwide report found,” stated an article from the...
July 29, 2005
India. “India’s floriculture exports are likely to rise 20 percent in 2005-06 to over $68 million, said K S Money, chairman of Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (Apeda),” stated a recent Siliconindia article....