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April 23, 2004
Smith Gardens, Inc. has appointed Eric Smith as the new president of Smith Gardens and its subsidiary company Pacific Plug & Liner. Eric held the position of vice president of development since 1997 and has served as general manager of the...
April 23, 2004
On April 20, 2004, U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the final regulations governing overtime eligibility for white-collar workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The department’s new FairPay rule will take effect in late August...
April 23, 2004
More than 120 floral-industry members, including 12 first-time attendees, visited Washington, D.C., for SAF’s 24th Annual Congressional Action Days, March 15 and 16. Twenty-seven state delegations visited more than 170 congressional offices to...
April 16, 2004
Since the announcement of the 2004 Sudden Oak Death (SOD) outbreak in California, there has been new information flowing in every week about the disease and what is going on throughout the country. Despite the fact that, to date, the only reported...
April 16, 2004
Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens announce the Plant Select Choices for 2004. Plant Select is a program that finds and distributes the best plants to be used in Colorado gardens. The seven chosen plants are ideal for the current...
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...
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