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May 28, 2004
The Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association (CNLA) and the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) wrote letters to the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) urging a grant to support the research of Mark Brand, professor of...
May 28, 2004
Anthony Tesselaar International and Anthony Tesselaar USA have added two new growers to its list of licensed growers in the United States. McCorkle Nurseries of Dearing, Ga., joins the group as a fully licensed grower of all Anthony Tesselaar...
May 28, 2004
The New Jersey State Board of Agriculture recently adopted rules for the Jersey Grown program that will begin this fall. Nearly 900 tree, shrub, flower and landscape plant growers in New Jersey could be eligible to use the Jersey Grown logo when...
May 21, 2004
Sears, Roebuck and Co. has issued a hiring freeze for its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill. in an effort to reduce costs. Sears CEO Alan Lacy sent out a memo on May 14, telling employees to minimize travel, defer training, streamline...
May 21, 2004
Oglevee Ltd., of Connellsville, Pa., has announced the addition of Welby Gardens, of Denver, Colo., as its newest license primary propagator. Welby Gardens joins Oglevee's network of six greenhouse companies spread across the United States and...
May 21, 2004
With the growth of Internet ordering and 1-800 call centers, along with the continued growth of flower-wire services like FTD, Inc., small florists nationwide are struggling to keep local customers, according to a recent article in the Orlando...
May 21, 2004
Agriculture secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the transfer of $15.5 million from the USDA Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to APHIS to help halt the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, or Sudden Oak Death (SOD), to non-infested areas of the United...
May 14, 2004
The Connecticut Florists Association (CFA), along with the Flower Promotion Organization (FPO), has spent $210,000 on a new marketing campaign, which has already hit Connecticut TV stations and cable TV. The goal of the marketing program is to...
May 14, 2004
Researchers at Purdue University recently found a set of genes that may give insects the ability to fight the effects of pesticides. The aim of the research was to develop methods of preventing insect damage to plants. "Our study suggests that...
May 14, 2004
Home Depot, Inc. has acquired Mexico's second-largest home-improvement retailer, Home Mart, for an undisclosed amount. "We anticipate a smooth transition and believe the combination of our two companies will benefit consumers in many ways," said...
May 14, 2004
FloraStar announces Oglevee's kalanchoe 'Midi Twilight' as the most recent FloraStar winner. To receive the FloraStar Award, plants must pass a trialing period evaluated by the FloraStar Board of Directors. Midi Twilight has three colors of...
May 14, 2004
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has adopted the Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Rule, a comprehensive national program aimed at reducing emissions from nonroad diesel engines. It is the latest in a series of Clean Diesel actions...
May 14, 2004
Bob Mikulas, president of the National Lawn & Garden Show/Marketing Conferences (NLGS), has agreed to back an industry-wide "Unification Campaign." Mikulas says, "It's time I say thank you and give back to an industry that has been so loyal to...
May 07, 2004
Riverview Flower Farm, Home Depot's largest supplier of 1-gal. premium annuals and perennials in Florida, has decided to expand their company in an effort to fulfill Home Depot's need for product. They have purchased Florida Azalea Specialists' 43...
May 07, 2004
About 16,000 agricultural workers are admitted into the country each year under the H-2A program, and about 87,000 seasonal workers are given H-2B visas. However, The U.S.-Mexico Binational Council has indicated that the H-2A and H-2B temporary...
May 07, 2004
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to establish a long-awaited certification program for imported plants. The newly established program requires registration and certification of any sites that...
May 07, 2004
Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm, has acquired a majority interest in Pike Family Nurseries, the largest independent lawn and garden center in the Southeast and the third largest in the United States. Pike is Roark Capital'...
May 07, 2004
In an effort to provide worldwide assistance to breeders, Perennial Plant Products, trading as Blooms of Bressingham North America, has purchased Blooms of Bressingham Plant Varieties, Ltd. Management of both the United Kingdom and North American...
April 30, 2004
Jim Barrett of the University of Florida and GPN’s consulting editor has been selected for this year’s Southeast Greenhouse Conference (SGC) Horticulture Initiative Award. The award is presented annually to an individual recognized for their...
April 30, 2004
Armstrong Garden Centers, Bachman’s Floral Gift and Garden Centers and Welby Nurseries, three industry-leading growers/retailers, have joined The Flower Fields in offering P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home Collection, bringing the total number of...