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September 17, 2004
Hurricane Ivan struck the South last week, making it the third major hurricane to hit the Southern United States in a little over a month. This time it went in a little different direction and hit the Mobile, Ala., area, Louisiana, Mississippi and...
September 10, 2004
Once again, Florida’s nursery and landscape industry was hit as Hurricane Frances rushed through the already-suffering state. Initial estimates of nursery crop loss and structural damage from Hurricane Frances is in the $350-400 million range,...
September 10, 2004
Results of the latest USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Floriculture Crops 2003 Summary, reported by the Society of American Florists (SAF), show the wholesale value of domestic floriculture production fell less than 1 percent in...
September 10, 2004
H.M. Buckley and Sons, Inc., Springfield, Ill., has recently acquired Fahr Greenhouse’s liner production division effective immediately. Fahr Greenhouse’s Pat Bellrose, who decided to sell the liner division of his business for personal reasons,...
September 10, 2004
Fine Holdings, the parent company of UK manufacturer Fine Agrochemicals Limited, a supplier of plant growth regulators (PGRs) to world markets, recently announced the formation of Fine Americas Inc. A wholly owned subsidiary of Fine Holdings Limited...
September 10, 2004
After weeks of falling stock prices, withholding payments and speculation of trouble, Franks Nursery & Crafts, Inc. announced last week that it filed for Chapter 11 voluntary liquidation bankruptcy protection in the Bankruptcy Court for the...
September 03, 2004
The Scotts Company has recently announced that Ball Seed Company will serve as a distributor of Scotts control-release and water-soluble fertilizer products. Under the agreement, which is effective immediately, Ball Seed Company will distribute...
September 03, 2004
An antioxidant, a type of compound that prevents certain types of damage to living cells, appears to allow some kinds of plants to thrive on metal-enriched soils that typically kill other plants, says a Purdue University scientist. This finding,...
September 03, 2004
For the first time in 42 years, a grower addressed the biennial convention of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW) on August 29 in Fresno, Calif. Peter Orum, owner of the Midwest Groundcovers nursery operation, St. Charles, Ill., and newly elected...
September 03, 2004
Effective September 1, 2004, OFA’s series of OFA Tips… books began to be distributed exclusively by Ball Publishing, Batavia, Ill. OFA members will continue to receive a discounted price for the OFA Tips… books as well as a discount on all titles...
September 03, 2004
Following in the footsteps of the California Pack Trials, Garden Centers of America (GCA) has announced an Eastern Performance Trials in September 2005. In the announcement, Jack Bigej, GCA president, confirmed the six sites of the first-ever...
August 27, 2004
A once sugar caned filled county with miles and miles of open fields has began filling that space with some different types of profitable crops, orchids. According to the article “Orchids flourish on Taiwanese production line” by Keith Bradsher,...
August 27, 2004
The time is growing near for the 2004 winners of the America In Bloom program to be announced. This year the event will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., last year’s winner, on October 7-9 with a number of exciting events in tow for attendees to help...
August 27, 2004
It has been a week since the new Overtime Security Rule has taken effect and so far all is quiet in the wake of the new revisions. The newly updated Overtime Security Rule strengthens and protects overtime pay for 6.7 million American workers,...
August 27, 2004
Hurricane Charley may be a distant memory for many of the people in the United States but it is still very fresh in the minds of the people in Florida, especially the people that lost their homes and/or businesses in the process. In the horrible...
August 20, 2004
As expected, Hurricane Charley hit the state of Florida with a vengeance and has left a lot of damage and despair in its path. GPN has been getting information from growers and University of Florida staff all week regarding the aftermath of the...
August 20, 2004
The Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors have been out looking for plants infested with pink hibiscus mealybugs that are a threat to ornamental plants, members of the hibiscus family, peanuts, cotton and okra, which are all major crops in...
August 20, 2004
Floriculture professionals from around the world were in attendance at the 2004 OFA Short Course to help celebrate the 75th anniversary of OFA and the OFA Short Course. For 75 years, the OFA Short Course has been a great place for floriculture...
August 20, 2004
Pen & Petal, Inc., a green industry marketing communication companies, recently announced it has added two new services. Pen & Petal now offers the development and implementation of a crisis communication plan — a vital component of any...
August 20, 2004
With just about four months to go on the FCC’s January 1, 2005 deadline of the Junk Fax law, Colorado beat them to the punch and set a statewide ban of its own. Effective August 5, 2004, all business owners must obtain written consent from all...