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January 13, 2016
Many years ago a business owner said to me, “If I only had the money back from the business mistakes I have made, I will be wealthy beyond my dreams.” I heard a speaker about 20 years ago say, “18 percent of your clients will not allow you to...
January 13, 2016
The outlook for this spring is a good one. There are very few red flags among current economic indicators to suspect any surprises in economic performance in the first couple of quarters of  2016. One of the bright spots in the coming year...
January 13, 2016
When Jerry Van Hoven purchased Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, Virginia, in 1990, the entire operation spanned about 6 acres. Today, two of his sons, Anthony and Bobby, own a majority of the company, which now totals 65 acres of growing space....
November 15, 2015
There are several differences between good companies and great ones. Among those distinctions are leadership, culture, brand and overall business acumen. But another differentiator between good and great is talent. Your ability to sell more, grow...
November 15, 2015
The real gross domestic product (GDP) rose at a 3.9 percent annual rate in the government’s third estimate for second quarter 2015 (revised from 3.7 percent in the second estimate). In July, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis introduced a new...
November 15, 2015
Trail Nurseries is not your typical “big” grower. With approximately 5 acres of growing space today, this greenhouse operation had less than an acre when owners Mark Miller and his sisterin- law Kathy Miller purchased it in 2006. And the operation...
September 23, 2015
f you’re like me, you are willing to spend a Sunday afternoon watching a football game, but not a rugby match. Similar games, but I enjoy watching one and not the other. Why is that? Personal interests aside, I believe the answer may be tied to how...
September 23, 2015
One of the key economic stories shaping the last half of 2015 is when and by how much the Federal Reserve will raise its federal funds rate. The federal funds rate — the overnight rate for bank-to-bank lending — is the Fed’s chief monetary policy...
September 23, 2015
"A Shade Better” is the company motto at Red Oak Greenhouse. Their goal is to provide retail customers (and end-consumers) with the highest quality products and best service possible. Founded in 1879 as a local flower shop in southwestern Iowa, Red...
September 22, 2015
A common question I’m asked is what the best lighting strategy is to promote early spring flowering of bedding plants and/ or herbaceous perennials. The answer to such a question is situational, depending in part on the crops being grown, the...
September 22, 2015
In recent years, coreopsis has become one of the most popular genera of perennials. It’s easy to see why when you witness their eye-catching display of vibrant blooms. The past decade has brought a colorful palette of new coreopsis cultivars to the...
September 22, 2015
It’s not that often a new variety comes along that captivates the industry with not only its stunning appearance, but also possesses the attributes of easy-to-grow, long-lasting shelf-life, great garden performance throughout the season, and the...
September 22, 2015
At Pacific Plug & Liner we continually strive to be one of the must-see stops along the Spring Trials circuit. Our goal is to display a wide selection of new introductions, not only our own but many from different vendors, including Cohen,...
September 22, 2015
Peat has played an important role in horticulture for decades, but concerns over rising costs and environmental effects caused by its harvest have spurred on efforts to find alternative media components. Similarly, environmental issues related to...
September 22, 2015
Editors note: this is the second article in a series on research and education programs being performed at the University of California. My laboratory has focused on the broad area of (integrated pest management) IPM in floriculture for more than 35...
September 22, 2015
I have been around the industry since the age of 3. My father (Dallas Johnson) started Red Oak Greenhouses in 1967. When I was a kid, the greenhouses were kind of my playground. I remember the African Violets, pot mums and all the foliage back then...
September 22, 2015
For the past 16 years, GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. have been recognizing outstanding college students with the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship. Each year we get an outstanding crop of applicants — students that are doing amazing things...
July 10, 2015
If you were to rate your meetings (management/sales/production) what grade (0 to 10) would you give them?  If you asked your team members if your meetings with them were the highlight of their week, would they say yes or no? Do you look forward...
July 10, 2015
Monarchs, and Apis and ground bees, oh my!  The plight of pollinators has thrust pollinator health into the center of AmericanHort’s government relations agenda. And that isn’t likely to change anytime soon.  We’ll touch on other issues...
July 10, 2015
On average, since World War II, we have had recessions every six-and-a-half years. The current economic expansion is rapidly approaching its six-year anniversary, and I know a few folks who are getting a little nervous.  Contrary to popular...