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January 28, 2005
“A previously unknown strain of the tree-killing disease Phytophthora ramorum, more commonly as sudden oak death (SOD), has been found in a nursery in Washington state, a possible mutant child of the fast-spreading pathogen,” asserted a recent...
January 21, 2005
Three horticultural associations — the Kentucky Nursery & Landscape Association (KNLA), the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA) and the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) — have joined together to form a new regional winter...
January 21, 2005
On January 10, a revised USDA order takes effect as the latest step toward ensuring clean, disease-free nursery plants in the U.S. market. The order strengthens safeguards for the fungus-like plant disease Phytophthora ramorum, commonly known as...
January 21, 2005
After filing Chapter 11 twice, closing all of its stores and laying off almost all of its employees, Frank’s Nursery & Crafts Inc. may not go under after all. The company had “planned to liquidate all its holdings at an auction in February,”...
January 21, 2005
While The Flower Fields continues as an association of companies working together to meet the needs of its customers, due to marketing and organizational changes, Fischer USA and Goldsmith Seeds will no longer be formal members of The Flower Fields...
January 14, 2005
PMN Partners with Colorado State University The Plant Management Network (PMN), a Web site designed exclusively for plant and agricultural professionals, announced that Colorado State University is its newest U.S. state land-grant university...
January 14, 2005
Bear Stearns Merchant Banking announced the acquisition of The John Henry Company, the specialty printing and packaging company serving the pharmaceutical, horticulture and floriculture markets. The company employs more 1,000 people with facilities...
January 14, 2005
Fine Americas, Inc., a producer of plant growth regulators, announces the EPA registration of Fresco, a new plant growth regulator for use in commercial lily production. Fresco is labeled for direct foliar sprays on Easter lilies (Lilium...
January 14, 2005
Commercial flower growers face many crucial problems related to pest and disease management, fertilization, governmental regulations and environmental impact. New studies to address some of these issues promise great strides in combating...
January 14, 2005
Yoder Brothers, Inc. has revised its business model for serving the West Coast perennial starter plant market. The company will continue to serve its West Coast customers through sales of unrooted cuttings, Eastern production locations and...
January 14, 2005
The Dow Chemical Company announced that it will contribute $5 million to the relief efforts underway for victims of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunamis in Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent. The announcement was made on Dow’s...
January 14, 2005
President Bush recently signed into law the "Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act," legislation, which is important to the future of the nation's specialty crop industry. The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) actively advocated for...
January 07, 2005
Michell’s 1st Annual Pack Trials Michell’s recently announced its 1st Annual Pack Trials, which will be held at Speedling’s San Juan Bautista, Calif., facility, from April 2-12. Participants exhibiting their new varieties are Farmen, Hem Genetics,...
January 07, 2005
Currently, the United States produces more poinsettias than any other country, making approximately $260 million each year in sales, according to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune. However, in Mexico, people have an extremely difficult time...
January 07, 2005
Fides North America recently announced effective Jan. 1, 2005 it will consolidate its presence in the market by managing the Santa Paula, Calif.-based greenhouses and trial gardens that formerly belonged to Twyford International location in....
January 07, 2005
According to a recent article from the Associated Press (AP), inmates serving time at the Seminole County Jail in Florida have become the newest members of the floriculture industry. In a new program developed by the University of Florida, inmates...
January 07, 2005
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is regulating the interstate movement of plants from commercial nurseries in California, Oregon and Washington to prevent the spread of...
January 07, 2005
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has, again, cut off the flow of foreign workers to service sector employers. In a January 4th press release, USCIS declared it had received enough H-2B guest worker petitions to meet the...
December 17, 2004
Fifty years after Monrovia moved its wholesale nursery operation from the city of Monrovia, Calif., to neighboring Azusa, it has sold a majority of the property and has begun moving propagation and plants to its other nurseries. “Back in 1954 when...
December 17, 2004
In an effort to develop a more cold-tolerant petunia, researchers from the University of Toledo have been able to develop petunias that are able to survive below-freezing temperatures, according to an article in the Toledo Blade. The scientists,...