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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...
April 22, 2005
AgJOBS On Tuesday April 19, 2005 the U.S. Senate took two procedural votes on competing measures to deal with the agricultural labor crisis. If a "supermajority" of 60 Senators had voted to invoke "cloture" on either measure, the Senate would have...
April 15, 2005
Becker Announces Nemasys Label Expansion Becker Underwood recently announced the label expansion of Nemasys to include biocontrol of both fungus gnats and western flower thrips. “Value-oriented customers will appreciate the integrated...
April 15, 2005
Beginning April 2005, The American Phytopathological Society (APS) will offer free access to research articles after 24 months of publication in Phytopathology, Plant Disease and Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI). For each journal, a...
April 15, 2005
The National Retail Federation (NRF) recently urged the Senate to reject an amendment offered by Senator Charles Schumer D-N.Y. that would impose a 27 1/2-percent duty on all imports from China unless China agrees to revalue its currency. "The...
April 15, 2005
Ball Seed celebrates a century of expertise with the Ball Centennial Collection, a group of exclusive plants from the industry’s leading breeding and production companies. With the goal of providing a glance into history while emphasizing the...
April 15, 2005
In keeping with its 40-year tradition of awarding scholarships to deserving students preparing for careers in the commercial floriculture industry, the Joseph Shinoda Foundation will now offer companies and individuals the opportunity to donate...
April 15, 2005
Central Garden & Pet Company announced last week that it formed an exclusive relationship with renown gardening expert P. Allen Smith. Timed to coincide with the release of Smith's latest book, P. Allen Smith's Container Gardens, the...
April 15, 2005
Alan Bloom, founder of the Blooms of Bressingham family nursery in the U.K., has died at age 98 in his home Bressingham Hall. Creator of the six-acre Dell garden at Bressingham where he pioneered the use of hardy perennials in “island beds” in...
April 15, 2005
As reported in the April 4 edition of GPN Weekly, Q Biotype whiteflies, a highly resistant strain of whitefly that is indistinguishable from silverleaf whitefly, were found on poinsettias at a retail outlet in Arizona. The suspect plant was traced...
April 01, 2005
Paul Ecke Ranch officially announced last week a new partnership with Yoder Brothers, Inc. that will allow the Ranch to serve as one of Yoder Brothers' new West Coast contract rooting stations. The new partnership, which begins on July 1, 2005,...
April 01, 2005
June Van Wingerden stood in front of the California State Senate holding a large plaque as she was surrounded by women who knit clothes for poor infants, conserved Native American culture and provided mental health services for returning vets. But...
April 01, 2005
Year four brings a big growth spurt to America in Bloom (AIB), with 49 communities participating in the national beautification competition from coast to coast. AIB is a campaign and contest that promotes enhancing communities through beautification...
April 01, 2005
Leading authorities in consumer behavior, public opinion and market research will be among the featured speakers at this year’s Seeley Conference, held June 26-29, 2005 on the campus of Cornell University. Drawn from academia, the business world and...
April 01, 2005
The Horticultural Research Institute’s (HRI) executive committee recently granted $220,000 to 18 high-priority projects and four scholarships. During the committee’s annual grants funding retreat, the committee considered 105 applications for...