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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...
March 12, 2004
Members of the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), the Society of American Florists (SAF) and OFA have met to examine the issue of the industry’s compliance with existing weights and measures regulations. Members met in response to...
March 12, 2004
The deadline for the 2004 America in Bloom (AIB) contest is March 31. AIB, the independent, non-profit organization that encourages nationwide beautification programs through the promotion of personal and community involvement and educational...
March 05, 2004
Fischer and Goldsmith Seeds, Inc. has announced a partnership, making Fischer the exclusive production, distribution, marketing and sales channel for all Goldsmith vegetative varieties in North America, Europe and Asia. Goldsmith has licensed...
March 05, 2004
Over the past few years, the California cut-flower industry has been struggling, due to foreign competition and subsequent dwindling family-operated businesses. Domestic growers have been facing increasing costs for labor, energy and water, along...
March 05, 2004
The winner of the American Ivy Society award Ivy of the Year 2005 is Hedera helix ‘Misty.’ Misty is a variegated, miniature, Bird’s Foot ivy in the Pierot Classification system. It was found as a mutation of H.h. ‘Needlepoint’ in the late 1970s....
March 05, 2004
USDA Sentinel Survey inspectors collected samples from infected hibiscus plants at four residences in St. Petersburg’s Greater Pinellas Point, Fla. The samples were shipped to the division of plant industry headquarters in Gainesville, where they...
March 05, 2004
The Ball Horticultural Company trial and display gardens, located on six acres at the company’s headquarters in West Chicago, Ill., will undergo a transformation to be unveiled for its centennial celebration. The next generation of the Ball trial...
March 05, 2004
The USDA has funded a program to created the National Plant Diagnostic Network as part of Homeland Security’s effort to enhance national agricultural security by quickly detecting introduced pests and pathogens. The program creates a nationwide...
February 27, 2004
Many in the horticulture industry will greatly miss Bob Mangum, Gary Mangum’s father, who passed away Monday, February 23, after a short battle with cancer. "Virtually everything we do in business originated with him," stated Gary, current owner of...
February 27, 2004
Downy mildew on impatiens has been reported in Michigan for the first time, based on studies at the University of Michigan. Downy mildew is a pathogen caused by a fungal-like microscopic organism called Plasmopara obducens. It has been reported in...
February 27, 2004
Two varieties of the Suntory Flower, Ltd. Million Bells Series, marketed in the U.S. by Jackson & Perkins Wholesale, Inc., have been awarded the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) for Trial of Calibrachoa 2003 by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS....
February 27, 2004
Poppelmann Plastics has announced that a new manufacturing site will be in the United States within the next couple of weeks. While a specific location has not been announced, general sales manager Jack Shelton says a location in the Southeast is...
February 19, 2004
During the last few shipping days before Valentine’s Day, E.G. Hill Company and Hills Floral Group, the largest floral distributors in the United States, working with the Department of Homeland Security, announced the seizure of counterfeit roses...
February 19, 2004
Floramite SC, a miticide used for control of mite pests on ornamental plants, has now been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use on greenhouse-grown tomatoes larger than 1 inch in diameter when mature. According to...
February 19, 2004
The pink hibiscus mealybug has been detected on several hibiscus plants at four residences in Pinellas Point, according to Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson. This is the first confirmed report of the insect on the west coast of...
February 19, 2004
Colombian and U.S. cut-flower growers have agreed to extend the Flower Promotion Organization (FPO) to 2007. The FPO, an alliance consisting of United States and Colombian growers and importers, was first developed in 1999 to expand consumer demand...
February 19, 2004
VIVA! Garden, a line of herb and vegetables available exclusively at The Home Depot, has introduced a new program developed to encourage gardening in schools. According to VIVA!, the Garden for Schools program was developed from a strong belief...
February 19, 2004
Hotchkiss Insurance Agency, Inc. (HIA), a leading insurance provider to the building industry, announced that the Texas Department of Insurance has approved their Texas Green Industry Workers’ Compensation Group. The purchasing group, combined with...