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April 16, 2004
DRAMM Corporation and OFA are sponsoring the 5th annual 5K Relay at the OFA Short Course, in July, with proceeds benefiting the Floriculture Industry for Research, Scholarships and Trusts (FIRST). This year's race, themed "FIRST-AID," will raise...
April 16, 2004
Bailey Nurseries has announced an alliance with Ball Seed Company to offer a new resource to independent garden centers. This resource, New Growth Marketing, based in St. Paul, Minn., was launched nationwide in January 2004. New Growth Marketing...
April 16, 2004
California is the latest state to approve Piccolo, the new high-purity paclobutrazol growth regulator from Fine Agrochemicals. Fine Agrochemicals is a specialist producer of plant growth regulators for use in fruit and flower crops, and currently...
April 16, 2004
An intergovernmental meeting of the Montreal Protocol on substances that deplete the ozone layer has granted limited "critical-use exemptions" to 11 countries facing a year-end deadline for phasing out methyl bromide. The 11 countries that have...
April 09, 2004
The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) is now offering a Seasonal Worker Healthcare Assistance Plan for green industry businesses that employ seasonal workers. The plan, with American Planstman and Fundamental Care providers, is...
April 09, 2004
Wal-Mart spent more than $1 million to persuade voters in Inglewood, Calif., to approve a ballot initiative to build a supercenter that would cover the size of 17 football fields. On Tuesday, April 6, 2004, voters rejected ballot 0-4A, the...
April 09, 2004
In an effort to increase sales and enhance customer service, Home Depot is providing nursery certification classes for all its workers. "This is all about sales and the customer," said Bob Jacobson, Home Depot’s senior director for live goods, in a...
April 09, 2004
A gene-switching mechanism dating back 400 million years to the first plants has been found by plant biologists at University of California Davis. The mechanism relies on microRNAs — parts of RNA that switch genes off by interceding messenger RNAs...
March 26, 2004
Peachtree City Holdings (Pathway Communities), a company based out of Georgia, and Faison Enterprises, a company based out of North Carolina, went to Fayette Superior Court on February 24, 2004, because developers want to build a 125,000 sq.ft....
March 26, 2004
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has banned the importation of all plant nursery stock from California following the discovery of Sudden Oak Death (SOD) disease in several large commercial nurseries that ship...
March 26, 2004
By 2005, Home Depot will begin implementing the Uniform Code Council (UCC) registration and synchronization services. Therefore, the more than 1,500 stores located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico are eliminating all...
March 26, 2004
The 2004 Floriculture Field Day, sponsored by the North Florida Flowering Plant Producers and the University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Department, will be in Gainesville, Fla, May 19 and 20. It will be at the Paramount Hotel on May 19...
March 19, 2004
Farfard announces that they will be sponsoring the nationally televised "People, Places & Plants," starring Roger Swain and Paul Tukey, for the 2004/2005 television season, and will continue to do so for the next three years. "Initial...
March 19, 2004
Connecticut Legislature’s Environment Committee demanded immediate bans of plants that are worth an estimated $18.7 million to the state’s nurseries, garden centers and landscapers. The committee raised two bills, the first banning all forms of...
March 19, 2004
Sakata Ornamentals Europe has acquired the osteospermum Cape Daisy Breeding program from Ecke Europe, as of March 12, 2004. The cooperation between the Paul Ecke Ranch and Sakata is a continuation of over five years of marketing and breeding...
March 19, 2004
Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) has announced a new slogan. "Oregon Grown" will replace the old slogan, "Oregon … the Nursery State," in order to build on the company’s marketing initiative. In 2003, OAN sponsored a national survey, in...
March 19, 2004
The Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that as of March 10, 2004, it will no longer accept H-2B petitions containing requests to start work prior to October 1, 2004. It has already met...
March 12, 2004
FIRST announces this year that it will be offering 25 scholarships geared towards supporting students who have career goals in specific areas of the floriculture industry, including production, research, business, marketing and public gardens....
March 12, 2004
Chinese steel producers have been scouring the world for scrap steel, causing scrap prices in the United States, the world’s largest supplier, to rise by as much as 80 percent. Chinese steel producers have been scouring the world for scrap steel,...
March 12, 2004
Three Louisiana women have filed a federal lawsuit with the Louisiana Horticulture Commission against the 65-year-old florist licensing law for anti-competitive, unconstitutional infringement on their right to earn a living. Louisiana is the only...