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May 13, 2005
The discount powerhouse had quite a bad week last week when stocks drastically dropped Thursday, as “a second-quarter profit warning from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. overshadowed strong economic news and a sharp drop in oil prices. The Dow Jones industrial...
May 06, 2005
Prins Acquires Paul Boers Prins Greenhouses of Abbotsford, BC, Canada, has recently acquired Paul Boers Greenhouse Construction Limited in Vineland, ON, Canada. The purchase, completed April 12, 2005, provides Paul Boers with new opportunities for...
May 06, 2005
The 2005 grower program at the OFA Short Course will feature a variety of workshops, sessions and tours throughout the five-day event to be held July 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. The grower-related sessions will have three focus areas: greenhouse...
May 06, 2005
European retailers have always enjoyed great success selling floral. To help American retailers gain insight into the role merchandising plays in this success, The Super Floral Show has added a new European merchandising display to the show floor....
May 06, 2005
The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced the “Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act,” which would provide H-2B employers access to much needed foreign workers, has passed the House-Senate Conference Committee. As a...
May 06, 2005
A coalition of business organizations applauded the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City last week for holding a conference on credit and debit card interchange fees scheduled, saying the rapidly escalating fees amount to a hidden tax on U.S....
May 06, 2005
Every year we all hope to have a hugely successful spring that has no rain, lots of sun and just the perfect temperature. So far this year that is definitely not the case. According to an article from the Associated Press (AP) unseasonably cool...
April 29, 2005
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently proceeding on a plan which could result in severe problems for users of the soil fumigants methyl bromide, metam-sodium/metam-potassium, telone, chloropicrin, dazomet and idomethane,...
April 29, 2005
Recently, a vote in the Senate attached H-2B reform legislation to the emergency supplemental spending bill funding the war and rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act, sponsored by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D...
April 29, 2005
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) will hold its largest-ever fundraising events at two locations in June 2005. FTD and Teleflora will each host a Phone-A-Thon to raise funds for industry consumer and scientific research and educational programs....
April 29, 2005
Make strides for the floriculture industry this summer by participating in or sponsoring the 6th Annual Dramm/OFA 5K Relay. The event will take place near the OFA Short Course in Columbus, Ohio, on July 9, 2005, with check-in starting at 6:00 a.m....
April 29, 2005
Join the University of Florida; the Florida Nursery, Grower, and Landscape Association; and Grandiflora for their annual Floriculture Field Day May 18-19 2005, in Gainesville, Fla. You can view the field trails with more than 500 entries of the...
April 29, 2005
The Paul Ecke Ranch announced that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is bringing a second college football bowl game to San Diego. Dubbed the Poinsettia Bowl, the game will be played annually on December 22, one week before the...
April 29, 2005
Knox Nursery, Inc., Winter Park, Fla., recently announced that it will file a Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 12, 2005 to deregister its common stock and suspend its reporting obligations under the Securities...
April 29, 2005
Late last week GPN Weekly learned that the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA) put a hold on one of the greenhouses at the Ecke Ranch because some suspicious whiteflies were found in one section of that house on commercial poinsettia stock...
April 22, 2005
GPN Weekly has been keeping you up to date on the recent Q-Biotype whitefly finding. Here is what we've found out this week: California and Arizona have announced findings of a very small number (less than 10 individuals) of the Q-Biotype silverleaf...
April 22, 2005
OFA - an Association of Floriculture Professionals, will host its annual OFA Short Course July 9-12, 2005 in Columbus, Ohio. According to OFA, "The OFA Short Course is known as U.S. floriculture's premier educational and trade show event....
April 22, 2005
After battling orchid imports for a number of years, one of the most recent attempts from Hawaiian orchid grows has been denied. "The Hawaii Orchid Growers Association, which represents about 150 members, wanted U.S. courts to ban imports of...
April 22, 2005
American households spent an estimated $6.1 billion on flowers and plants in 2004, an increase of 2.3 percent over 2003, according to Ipsos, a leading survey-based marketing research company. That is the good news: the Ipsos/AFE Consumer...
April 22, 2005
The National Retail Federation (NRF) recently revised its 2005 sales forecast based on the inclusion of new merchandise categories, (food and beverage stores, building materials and garden equipment stores, health and personal care stores, and...