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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...
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...