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June 25, 2004
A federal judge is allowing a gender discrimination lawsuit to proceed against Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. on behalf of more than 1.5 million women who have worked for the company, making it the largest private employer civil rights case in U.S. history...
June 25, 2004
Scientists and researchers from around the world have been experimenting with genetic engineering of plants in recent years. They may be closer to representing the future of the industry with some of their recent findings. Scientists are hoping...
June 25, 2004
Many growers in the industry have had to deal with the issue of buying or leasing both their equipment and facility. GPNdiscussed this issue with several growers to find out the benefits of their decision. Here is what some growers had to say. P....
June 25, 2004
Many major organizations, including Wal-Mart, Metro Group, Target, Tesco and the United States Department of Defense, have adopted the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track goods in their supply chain. RFID has the...
June 25, 2004
The Management Clinic, hosted annually by the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), announced a change in schedule beginning February 2005. The event's historic ending on Superbowl Sunday prompted a survey, which showed more than 50...
June 17, 2004
Lower oil prices and a boost in gasoline production have prompted the year's first drop in gas prices, with the nation's average price dropping 6 1/2 cents per gallon over the last two weeks. Analysts say that the Organization of the...
June 17, 2004
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) announces the Savings Solutions Program, which implements options that reduce the costs of utilities. More than 60 ANLA member firms have used this program, with a combined projected savings of...
June 17, 2004
On June 4, 2004, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) issued an emergency 90-day quarantine of all nurseries and compost production facilities in Columbia County after sudden oak death (SOD) was discovered on four rhododendrons at a single...
June 17, 2004
A United States District Court Judge ruling on the effort of several Northeastern companies to get temporary foreign workers this year declared the solution to the current H-2B situation had to be sought in Congress. The companies, led by an...
June 17, 2004
Franks Nursery recently announced the launch of its new "Business Benefits" program available to all licensed businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The program offers member companies a 10 percent discount on any...
June 11, 2004
The dramatic rise of chain stores and decline of local businesses has been an ongoing trend in recent years. Big box developers provide an increase in jobs and a boost of tax revenue. They account for a large majority of greenhouse growers'...
June 11, 2004
The recent fluctuations in oil prices have prompted many growers to adjust their fuel surcharges to compensate for added costs. Currently, there are two bills that, if passed, would require a mandatory fuel surcharge when the price of fuel rises...
June 11, 2004
Effective July 1, 2004, Christmas trees will be prohibited in churches, apartment buildings, meeting halls, stores, jails, schools, hospitals, day care centers and any other public gathering place in the state of Washington if they are not equipped...
June 11, 2004
As part of an effort to protect Michigan's water resources, growers are now required to report water usage to the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) or the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), due to the recently amended...
June 03, 2004
During its first shareholder meeting since filing for bankruptcy in January 2002, Kmart gave little detail on how the store plans on improving sales. At the meeting, the company made no financial projections and gave few concrete examples of how it...
June 03, 2004
New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus has announced the first detection of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) in New Jersey. One lilac bush at a Cape May County nursery tested positive for the disease, out of more than 2,100 plants...
June 03, 2004
FloraStar judges have announced two winners of new varieties from South Africa. The two winners are lachenalia 'Namakwa' and lachenalia 'Rupert', both from the African Beauty Series by Vosbol International. Vosbol International is a South African...
June 03, 2004
The American Floral Endowment's (AFE) Internship Scholarship program awarded five students paid internships and cash scholarships totaling more than $25,000. Since 1961, AFE has been a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to the research...
June 03, 2004
The recent weather conditions in the Midwest have affected many growers in the industry. Tornadoes, severe storms and flooding have affected sales across the Midwest in several different ways. Over Memorial Day weekend, a large storm system...
May 28, 2004
The Chicago City Council approved a zoning change that will allow Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to build its first store in the Windy City. The council voted 32-15 to allow Wal-Mart to revamp a vacant Helene Curtis shampoo factory and build a 150,000-sq.ft...