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May 12, 2010
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Industry Research

A Feather in Every Pot
from ANLA
Since 2006, the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Institute (USDA-ARS) has led the way in producing a truly biodegradable plant container made from keratin (poultry feathers). Learn more about this project by watching Voice of America's recent interview with HRI researcher, Dr. Masud Huda, and USDA-ARS's Dr. Walter Schmidt.  More
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   MasterTag Introduces Two New Nursery Tags

MasterTag introduces two new nursery tags. Available as a folding or card style tag. Large landscape photos and detailed inset of key attributes such as flower, leaf color or fruit. Text information is based on extensive consumer research. Available with or without bar code, price and D.O.R. Comprehensive variety listing.

Retail News

Managing Brand Bashing on Social Media
from Retail Customer Experience
As retailers increasingly look to social media sites to deepen interactions with consumers, there is one hazard in particular that continues to test their abilities to market in the dynamic, fragmented and real-time environment of social networks — bad buzz.  More
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Wal-Mart Settles Environmental Case for $27.6 Million
from Courthouse News Service
Wal-Mart will pay $27.6 million to settle claims that it improperly transported, stored and dumped pollutants like pesticides, aerosols and other chemicals, prosecutors announced. The settlement, signed by Superior Court Judge Linda Quinn, comes after the San Diego County district attorney's office and California's attorney general sued in April, claiming that all of Wal-Mart's 236 stores, Sam's Club stores and other facilities violated environmental laws.  More
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Landscape News

Landscapers Find Workers Choosing Jobless Pay
from The Detroit News
In a state with the nation's highest jobless rate, landscaping companies are finding some job applicants are rejecting work offers so they can continue collecting unemployment benefits. It is unclear whether this trend is affecting other seasonal industries. But the fact that some seasonal landscaping workers choose to stay home and collect a check from the state, rather than work outside for a full week and spend money for gas, taxes and other expenses, raises questions about whether extended unemployment benefits give the jobless an incentive to avoid work.  More
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Three Ways to Mentor Millennials
from BNET
How are you supposed to effectively coach young workers? It's a definite challenge for managers to juggle their own work while trying to mentor new employees. An article in the May 2010 edition of the Harvard Business Review claims "in four years, millennials — the people born between 1977 and 1997 — will account for nearly half the employees in the world."  More
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Distribution News

DOT Report: Condition of U.S. Highways, Bridges has Improved in Last Decade
from DC Velocity
A recent report by the Department of Transportation (DOT) has concluded that the condition of the nation's interstate highways and bridges has improved during the past decade, a finding that runs counter to the conventional wisdom that the U.S. infrastructure is systemically falling apart. The report, which was devoted to laying out a roadmap for the DOT's strategic initiatives through fiscal 2015, found that the percentage of vehicle miles traveled on interstate roads having what DOT called "good ride quality" increased to 57 percent in 2009 from 46 percent in 2000.  More
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How to Sell to the Next Generation
from Modern Distribution Management
This week in Indianapolis, Robert Wendover of the Center for Generational Studies spoke to a full room at the Business-to-Business Selling and the Emerging Generations session at the Industrial Supply Association's Product Show and Conference about how to "sell to and service the most diverse, wired, impatient, skeptical, demanding, fun-loving customers in history."  More
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Grower News

Community Trees: A Living Investment
from U.S. Forest Service
This high-resolution DVD series promotes the value of trees in our lives and in our communities using scientific research and citizen testimonials. Join us as we travel to cities and towns and meet professionals, residents, and scientists who can directly attest to the value of trees in our communities and in our lives. Learn what you can do to ensure that investing in our community trees brings the greatest return.  More
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USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy Funding
from US Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications to increase the production and use of renewable energy sources. Funding is available from four USDA Rural Development renewable energy programs authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). "This funding will help spur investments in technologies that will reduce reliance on fossil fuels, conserve natural resources and help build a sustained renewable energy industry in rural America," Vilsack said. "Support provided by USDA through these programs will not only benefit the environment, it will create green jobs and help America become more energy self-sufficient."  More
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Trade Press Headlines

Focused on Constant Improvement
from GM Pro
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New Ant Guide Now Available
from Lawn & Landscape
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Sustainability Starts With a Single Step
from Landscape Management
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The Essentials for Outdoor Living
from Garden Center Magazine
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