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June 24, 2005
The Pennsylvania Floral Industry Association (PFIA) recently conducted a legislative Day on the Hill at Pennsylvania’s capitol building to lobby in favor of Senate Bill (SB) 198. This bill prohibits the use of deceptive advertising while still...
June 24, 2005
It has happened, according to an article in the American City Business Journals Inc. “Grower sales of Hawaii flower and nursery products have topped $90 million for the third straight year.” That is despite orchid and lei revenues falling during the...
June 24, 2005
The Trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation have recently announced that six students will share the $15,000 in award funds for the 2005-2006 academic year. These Shinoda Scholarships are given to students studying...
June 17, 2005
Chase Adds Lab Since its inception in 1994, Chase Research Gardens (CRG) has expanded to include ten research greenhouses, outdoor production areas and the diagnostic laboratory. Now, CRG is adding a national diagnostic disease lab specifically for...
June 17, 2005
In just a few more days hockey players from the horticulture will gather in Columbus, Ohio, and DS Cole Growers will present the 5th annual "Hockey in Columbus." Each year, the proceeds go to a separate research fund within FIRST designated for...
June 17, 2005
A Medical News Today article reveals that researchers at Yale have identified a gene that regulates the major immune response in plants, also known as programmed cell death (PCD). It has been known that plants create a zone of dead cells around an...
June 17, 2005
According to an article found on www.earthvision.net, an international panel of industry experts gathered to launch a new American eco-label for sustainably produced floral products. Organic Bouquet and Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)...
June 17, 2005
A May 24 fire at White’s Nursery, Chesapeake, Va., caused an estimated $600,000 worth of damages. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Head Grower at White’s, Bob Bailey, was the first to discover the fire. “I heard the burglar alarm set...
June 10, 2005
Sun Grow Adds New Distributor Sun Gro Horticulture Income Fund announced that its wholly owned subsidiaries, Sun Gro Horticulture Distribution Inc. and Sun Gro Horticulture Canada Ltd. (Sun Gro), have signed agreements to become the U.S. and...
June 10, 2005
The use of endophytes, non-harmful fungi, bacteria or viruses that naturally grow inside plants, is an emerging tool for managing plant diseases, said plant pathologists with The American Phytopathological Society (APS). "Endophytes appear to have...
June 10, 2005
A bipartisan group of farm worker and immigration reform advocates gathered in Washington D.C., on June 8 to push for Congressional passage of the AgJOBS legislation and funding of various programs of interest to farm workers. A morning press...
June 10, 2005
According to a recent AFP article, new “fears that pesticides may cause Parkinson's have been strengthened by research that says the greater the exposure to these chemicals, the higher the risk of developing the disease.” The Geoparkinson study...
June 10, 2005
By the order of the Director’s Administrative Order of the Plant Services Division at the Arizona Department Of Agriculture the Bemisia tabaci Biotype Q whitefly quarantine order has been repealed. The quarantine order made on May 4, 2005...
June 03, 2005
Compost teas may prove helpful in protecting wholesale and retail nursery plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, viburnums and oak saplings from sudden oak death (SOD), according to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist...
June 03, 2005
Results of the latest USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Floriculture Crops 2004 Summary show the wholesale value of domestic floriculture production rose 2 percent in 2004 compared to the revised 2003 valuation. A year ago,...
June 03, 2005
With all of the pests and disease that float around the world theses days, the United States is not the only country trying to prevent them from crossing borders. In a recent article from Channel News Asia International, people bringing plants into...
June 03, 2005
In 2004, the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and the Professional Lawncare Association of America announced a merger to form a new association, the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). PLANET leadership then contacted related green...
May 27, 2005
McGregor Developments URC PROGRAM. McGregor Plant Sales releases the new Four Seasons URC Program. Professional growers can discover new opportunities to improve reliability, increase sales and achieve higher profits with the new program. Four...
May 27, 2005
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) division of the Department of Homeland Security has recently issued guidance regarding the reopening of the H-2B temporary and seasonal guest worker program. The guidance was necessary to...
May 27, 2005
Bob Washburn, Southeast Greenhouse Conference’s (SGC) Board of Directors chairman, recently announced expanded programs for the Southeast Greenhouse Conference. June 22-25, 2005 will bring all areas of the horticulture industry together for a...