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 ASSOCIATION NEWS



SNA Past President Dan Batson of GreenForest Nursery named Nursery Management's Grower of the Year
SNA
Smart growth combined with innovation and some calculated risk helped GreenForest Nursery become a progressive and profitable company. With Dan at the helm, GFN has adapted production techniques to become an efficient operation, as well as adjusted product offerings to meet market demands. And during the past 30 years in business, Batson has dedicated much of his time to the betterment of the industry, not just his own nursery. No doubt why Nursery Management has named Dan Batson Grower of the Year.
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SNA Research Conference section editors needed
SNA
The SNA Research Conference has enjoyed over 50 years of success. This success can be attributed to the enthusiastic support of the conference by the nursery industry and university research and extension professionals. An integral part of the conference is the role of section editors — these individuals receive initial manuscript submissions to the conference, review them for appropriateness and editorial quality, and coordinate final submissions with authors. To provide continuity in the research conference, section editors serve SNA in three-year terms. In addition to providing a needed service to the SNA, being a section editor keeps you abreast of the latest research in your field and provides the opportunity to enhance your professional network. We are currently seeking section editors.
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 REGIONAL NEWS



Gulf States Horticultural Expo set for Jan. 30-31, 2014 in Mobile, Ala.
ALNLA
The Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association, Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association and the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association will host the Gulf States Horticultural Expo in Mobile, Ala., Jan. 30-31. The Education Program will take place on Jan. 29. For more information visit www.gshe.org.
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Plants 2014 set for Jan. 22-23, 2014 in Hot Springs, Ark.
ARGIA
The Arkansas Professional Landscape & Nursery Trade Show (Plants 2014) will take place January 22 - 23 at the Hot Springs Convention Center in Hot Springs, AR. This trade show and seminar event is designed for green industry professionals and features education and exhibits. For more information visit www.argia.org.
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TPIE set for Jan. 22-24, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
FNGLA
The Tropical Plant Industry Exposition (TPIE), hosted by the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, will take place Jan. 22-24 at the Brevard County Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Showcasing the latest trends in foliage, floral and tropicals, the event also offers educational opportunities through free demonstrations each day, as well as a lineup of sessions specific to the interiorscape professional and business managers. For more information, visit www.fngla.org/tpie.
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WinterGreen 2014 Set for January 22 - 24 in Duluth, Ga.
GGIA
The Georgia Green Industry Association will host WinterGreen 2014 on Jan. 22-24 at the Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth, Ga. With a broad educational structure covering every aspect of agriculture and horticulture taught by renowned leaders of Georgia and nationwide horticulture specialists, to a tradeshow floor filled with the best of the best, the 2014 WINTERgreen Horticulture Tradeshow and Conference proves to be better than ever. For a complete schedule, registration and hotel information and more visit www.ggia.org.
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The Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference and Expo (KLIE) set for Jan. 22-24, 2014 in Louisville, Ky.
KNLA
The Kentucky Landscape Industries Winter Conference and Expo (KLIE) will be held Jan. 22-24, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. The Winter Conference will be held Jan. 22-24 and the Expo will be held Jan. 23-24. For more details, visit www.knla.org.
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Tennessee Green Industry Expo (TNGIE) set for Jan. 17-18 in Nashville, Tenn.
TNLA
The Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association is excited to be returning to Tennessee for the second Tennessee Green Industry Expo. TNGIE will be Jan. 17-18, 2014 at the New Music City Center in downtown Nashville, Tenn. The trade show will be on Friday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Warren County Nursery co-founder Frances Panter Hobbs passes away
SNA
McMinnville, Tenn. resident and Warren County, Tenn. native Sarah Frances Panter Hobbs, age 88, was born Jan. 29, 1925 and died Jan. 5, 2014 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Tenn., following a brief illness. Mrs. Hobbs was the co-founder of Warren County Nursery and bookkeeper for 63 years. She was named Tennessee Nurseryman Association's honorary life-time member. She was an avid bowler and member of the Gold and Silver League and was also named as a Woman of Achievement in 2006. She was a lifetime member of the Hebron Church of Christ.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS



Growers project growth in 2014
Greenhouse Grower
Two things were clear from the results of Greenhouse Grower's 2014 State Of The Industry Survey: Growers are very aware of the potential problems facing the industry and their businesses as we head into spring. Growers expect to face significant challenges and uncertainties in the coming year — the economy, healthcare reform, labor availability and costs, a shifting consumer base and, of course, weather. But on the whole, the numbers in this year's Greenhouse Grower State Of The Industry survey show an industry in recovery.
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2014 Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers list is revealed
Today's Garden Center
The Today's Garden Center 2014 Revolutionary 100 Garden Centers are hosting the most creative events, creating innovative marketing and outrageous displays and building great staffs to help ensure their customers have success in their gardens. Here's the 2014 list.
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John Deere Landscapes gets new majority owners
LandscapeOnline
Deere & Company recently announced they had sold a majority interest in John Deere Landscapes to the private investment firm of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. The transaction created a new, freestanding enterprise jointly owned by Deere and CD&R. "CD&R has been interested in John Deere Landscapes for quite some time and the firm's focus on growth and deep experience with businesses like ours make the firm an ideal partner," says David Werning, CEO of John Deere Landscapes.
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Beyond business
Lawn & Landscape
In 1999, a lot of the industry's "national players" were rolling up regional operations across the country and beginning to dominate the marketplace. It would seem like a bad time for a small landscape company to get its start, but Jeremy Saylor found a way to use those national roll ups to his advantage.
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Call for scholarships
American Nurseryman
The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund has announced it is now accepting applications for its 2014 awards. Industry members are asked to advise all eligible students of the availability of this scholarship award. This information is currently available from the fund's website. Horticultural students who are eligible are encouraged to apply for this year's scholarship awards.
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Automating greenhouse irrigation
Greenhouse Product News
Watering plants isn't as straight forward as it appears. When, where and how you apply water to your plants directly impacts their health and growth potential. If you're watering your crops by hand, consider automating your irrigation system to help ensure you create a more robust, uniform, disease-free crop which in turn will maximize your greenhouse plant production and profit. To better understand the benefits of automating your irrigation system, let's take a brief look at the mechanics of the traditional practice of hand watering.
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Working on your business
Lawn & Garden Retailer
You spend an awful lot of time working in your business doing all the things necessary to keep the business humming along from day to day. But working in your business only keeps you operating, not making the changes that help you grow your business. What you do every day is tactical thinking; what moves you forward requires strategic thinking. And strategic thinking is not something many of us engage in as frequently as we should.
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Top 15 plants
Greenhouse Management
Greenhouse growers mean business as the New Year begins, according to Greenhouse Management's third Top 15 survey. This year's group was based on input received from top breeders and the growers surveyed seem to agree, for the most part, with this year's list.
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Benefits make LEDs a 'no brainer' for tree propagator
Nursery Management
Sierra Gold Nurseries in Yuba City, Calif., grows more than a million nut and fruit trees a year. The company's primary market is growers in California, Washington and Oregon. This summer Sierra Gold opened a 10,000-square-foot tissue culture lab to produce nut and fruit tree rootstocks. Before determining the type of lights to install in the compan'’s tissue culture lab, Cliff Beumel, director of product development, said a lot of information was gathered from other labs, researchers and consultants from around the world.
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