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November 19, 2003
The 108th Congress is scheduled to wrap up its first session on Friday, November 21 (though there is some talk of it staying in session at least through the weekend) and not reconvene until January 2004. Upon reconvening, politics — in the form of...
November 12, 2003
Various news outlets are reporting that in early November, Wal-Mart met with approximately 100 representatives of its top suppliers to outline its requirements for use of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) in the coming years. RFID...
November 12, 2003
Wal-Mart has announced that its same-store sales met company expectations, and it expects to meet its November sales forecast. In a recorded message updating sales through November 7, the major retailer said it expects same-store sales, or sales at...
November 12, 2003
The National Gardening Association (NGA) has begun promotions for National Garden Month 2004. Nationally, National Garden Month will be held in April, "but regionally, we tell folks to celebrate it when it works in your area," said Rose Getch of the...
November 12, 2003
Franks Nursery will be expanding its e-commerce initiatives through SPS Commerce, a move that will automate purchase order invoicing and shipping between Franks and suppliers. Probably a majority of Franks suppliers currently receive purchase orders...
November 12, 2003
According to industry sources, the long-anticipated single-vendor system for specific live goods categories that The Home Depot has been talking about for years may come to pass sooner rather than later. These sources say that the retailer has...
November 05, 2003
Two items recently posted to the University of Florida/Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Pest Alert Web site involve crops in the floriculture industry. The Pest Alert Web site is a means by which UF/IFAS delivers...
November 05, 2003
The Associated Press (AP) reports that mass retailer Wal-Mart has received a "target letter" from the U.S. Attorney’s office concerning violations of federal immigration laws. The letter follows late-October raids in Wal-Mart stores in 21 states, in...
November 05, 2003
Sunshine Ace Hardware, with four locations along the southern Gulf Coast of Florida, has sued Home Depot for violation of trademark. The lawsuit, as filed in a federal district court in Florida, asks the court to bar Home Depot from using the...
November 05, 2003
The Flower Promotion Organization’s (FPO) Flowers. Alive with Possibilities promotion campaign has reached the Atlanta market through a partnership with the Atlanta Metro Flower Delivery Cooperative. "The campaign is in excellent shape," said Will...
November 05, 2003
The Paul Ecke Ranch, Encinitas, Calif., has shipped a record volume of poinsettia cuttings for the 2003 Christmas crop, with a roughly estimated 80 percent of the cuttings being shipped by refrigerated truck. The result is a higher quality product...
November 05, 2003
In mid-October, the Federal Reserve assessed the U.S. recovery to be gaining speed with stronger consumer spending and a pick-up in activity at long-ailing manufacturers. The Fed’s assessment, as reported by Reuters, was based on information...
October 29, 2003
Research being conducted at the Plant Stress Research unit at the University of Cape Town is focusing on ways of genetically improving a plant’s ability to cope with drought. As discussed in a paper by Shaun Peters, University Cape Town, South...
October 29, 2003
Checkbiotech.org has reported the findings of biologists at the University of California, San Diego, and others, who have found a new gene essential for plant growth. The gene, SIR1, functions to keep the effects of auxin in check. Auxin is a plant...
October 29, 2003
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, which declined in September, rose in October. The Index now stands at 81.1, up from 77.0 in September. The Expectations Index rose to 90.7 from 88.5, and the Present Situation Index increased to 66.8...
October 29, 2003
The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) will hold its 2004 Management Clinic January 22-25 in Louisville, Ky. ANLA’s Management Clinic focuses on development and training of green industry business professionals. The theme of this...
October 29, 2003
On October 17, 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it has established a dedicated compliance and enforcement unit within its Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) program....
October 29, 2003
Eufloria Flowers of Nipomo, Calif., won Best in Show for its standard rose "Milva" at the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Outstanding Varieties Competition. Results were announced September 25, during 119th Annual Convention held at the Boca...
October 29, 2003
Zelenka Nursery of Grand Haven, Mich. has announced that its assets have been sold to the Bob Berry family of Oklahoma, and it has emerged from its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy proceeding. According to Zelenka, the sale closed on Friday, October 24....
October 29, 2003
Passage of comprehensive agricultural labor reform has become the top legislative priority for organizations that represent various interests in the floriculture industry. With the bipartisan introduction in September of The Agricultural Job...