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December 05, 2003
Halbert “Hal” Scranton Gillette, 81, chairman of the board and CEO of Scranton Gillette Communications, parent company of GPN, died November 22, 2003, at his home in Lake Forest, Ill. after a long battle with prostate cancer. Born in Chicago,...
November 19, 2003
Debate continues on attempts to ban the agricultural practice of hand weeding in California. Agricultural labor groups filed a petition with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) to ban the practice, and as a result...
November 19, 2003
Growers interested in implementing programs that promote environmental quality along with agricultural production may apply to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for financial and technical help. EQIP, a program of the U.S....
November 19, 2003
It’s time again for The National Poinsettia Trials, sponsored by the poinsettia breeders (Ecke Ranch, Oglevee Ltd., Fischer USA, Selecta First Class and Dummen USA). The trial dates are December 2, 2003, at Purdue University; December 4, 2003, at...
November 19, 2003
Workers’ ability to generate ideas, work creatively and solve problems is higher in workplaces with plants and flowers, according to a study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University and released by the Society of American Florists (SAF...
November 19, 2003
The general manager of Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Co-op has resigned, Ron Sportel, chairman of the Co-op’s board of directors has confirmed. A search committee has been formed and efforts are underway to find a replacement. According to Sportel...
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...