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March 18, 2005
O.F.A. Services, Inc., a subsidiary of OFA — an Association of Floriculture Professionals, has just published Tips on Operating a Profitable Greenhouse Business, which is now available through the Ball Bookshelf. The theme of the book is the basic...
March 18, 2005
Bachman's will open its largest garden and landscape center to-date in May 2005. The new concept, called Cedar Acres, is located in Farmington, Minn. Situated on Bachman's 629-acre growing range, Cedar Acres will have the broadest line of nursery,...
March 11, 2005
SePRO Expands Offerings The SePRO Turf & Ornamental product offering has broadened from eight specialty products to 20 products for the greenhouse, nursery, landscape, lawn care and turf markets. “SePRO's recent acquisitions of new products...
March 11, 2005
In addition to its usual and diverse Pack Trial display, Plug Connection, Vista, Calif., will feature a selection of recent FloraStar winners at Pack Trials this year. Participating breeders include First Class Plants, Klem’s Greenhouse and Oglevee...
March 11, 2005
Many fruit and ornamental growers may have found the newest thing in defense for fighting destructive fungi, due to some research from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of Mississippi (UM) scientists who have been able to...
March 11, 2005
After more than a year of lawsuits, The Associated Press (AP) stated in a recent article that “U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola ruled Wednesday that the state can keep its unique law requiring florists to pass a test and get a license to work on...
March 11, 2005
Over 100 business owners, state association executives and labor contractors flew into Washington, D.C. to lobby members of Congress in support of H2B reform. The members of the H2B Workforce Coalition, co-chaired by the American Nursery and...
March 11, 2005
Growers, retailers and breeders should start looking beyond their fellow neighboring competition and turn on their computers for a little more anxiety. According to a recent article in The Kansas City Star, since some of the more popular seed...
March 11, 2005
After an odd incident in Madera County California a few months ago, “The Tulare County [California] Agricultural Commissioner's Office is advising farmers to ask agricultural inspectors to show their county-issued photo identification if they become...
March 11, 2005
Becoming the fifth member in the Novalis growers consortium, grower/retailer Armstrong Growers, Glendora, Calif., will introduce Novalis plant material in their 36 retail outlets starting in spring 2005. Additionally, Armstrong will make Novalis...
March 04, 2005
McGregor Plant Sales is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with rewards to thank its long-term customers and to welcome new ones. McGregor is offering a variety of 20th Anniversary Celebration Rewards. One example of innovation is the recently...
March 04, 2005
In an effort to fight the devastating effects of breast cancer, cut flower grower, The Sun Valley Group, Arcata, Calif., donated hundreds of colorful lilies to be auctioned at the GROW For Life (GFL) Lilyfest, a breast cancer fundraiser in Chicago...
March 04, 2005
The American Nursery & Landscape Association’s (ANLA) 33rd annual Management Clinic attracted nearly 1,000 green industry professionals to Louisville, Ky., Feb. 2-5, 2005. The Clinic is recognized as the most valuable event for owners and...
March 04, 2005
A recent article in SAF’s Washington Week in Review stated that according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), “A new deduction will give floral industry growers and manufacturers significantly increasing tax breaks over the next four years.”...
March 04, 2005
A major direction change for the Flower Fields program of Yoder Bothers and the Ecke Ranch was announced recently, in anticipation of the upcoming Pack Trials in April. Bill Rasbach, president of Yoder Bothers, and Paul Ecke, CEO of the Ecke Ranch,...
February 25, 2005
Syngenta Updates GreenCast GreenCast (www.greencastonline.com), a Web-based technology from Syngenta Professional Products designed to help green industry professionals more efficiently run their business operations, is now even easier to use....
February 25, 2005
Vegetable producers throughout the Midwest have access to a valuable tool to help them decide what vegetable varieties to plant, thanks to efforts at Purdue and seven other universities. The “Midwest Vegetable Variety Trial Report for 2004”...
February 25, 2005
Strawberry latent ringspot virus, a problem for the past 30-40 years in Europe, has just been discovered in North America by Agricultural Research Service (), the ’s chief scientific research agency, scientists and cooperators. Scientists with ARS...
February 25, 2005
The National Gardening Association (NGA) announces The Home Depot as the new Youth Garden Grants sponsor. Over the last 22 years, NGA’s Youth Garden Grants program has helped more than 1.2 million youngsters reap rewards and vital life lessons from...
February 25, 2005
Though most florists conduct business with companies like FTD and Teleflora, these relationships seem to be more of a problem than a money maker, argues an article by Mike Schneider for the Associated Press (AP) in The Seattle Times According to...