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For as little as $125 annually, you can become a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious horticultural associations in North America. As a regional association, SNA works to advance the horticulture industry in the southeast by supporting and enhancing promotional, educational and research opportunities; gathering, analyzing and disseminating information and by providing an online marketplace to promote the exchange and sale of nursery stock and other allied products to our members – and the industry.
Hot off the press ... BMP Version 3.0
The Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops Version 3.0 has been printed and is now available. Although the manual is available for the first time online as a reference tool on the SNA website at www.sna.org, you will want a desktop copy. Thanks to funding by the USDA's Risk Management Association (RMA) in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois, the only cost for the printed manuals will be a small fee of $15 to cover shipping and handling. Order your copy today by contacting the SNA office at 678.809.9992 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, contact your state association for a copy.
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens offering a one-year apprenticeship
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens will be hiring one student to live on the grounds and work for a 12-month appointment in the production, research, garden maintenance and other horticulture areas. This is a great opportunity for any recent hort grads looking for a year of hands-on experience in a botanical garden and a chance to work with one of our industry's top plantsmen — Dr. Paul Cappiello. The garden is about two weeks away from opening a brand new solar/geothermal research/production/teaching greenhouse facility, newly refurbished horticulture building and expanded nurseries. For more information CLICK HERE.
Gulf States Horticultural Expo will go on as scheduled
Although the weather is not what we had hoped for the Gulf States Horticultural Expo will go on as scheduled for Jan. 29-31, 2014 at the Mobile Outlaw Convention Center, One South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602. Educational sessions will be held on Jan. 29. The trade show will be held on Jan. 30-31. We hope to see you there!
TPIE Show bodes well for industry
The TPIE numbers are in and there's reason to believe they're a good indicator for a strong business year ahead. This year's event was attended by more than 6,200 growers, buyers, vendors and suppliers representing more than 40 states and nearly 30 countries. More than 400 exhibitors filled 800 booth spaces, enabling this year's event to achieve sold-out status. TPIE and FNGLA spokesperson Jennifer Nelis put it this way: "Because the show sold out and because attendance was up slightly over last year, everyone is feeling positive about the year ahead. We're very pleased with the energy, enthusiasm and upbeat feel of the show and hope this energy carries over and sets a great business pace for 2014."
Missing: 3-inch red maples for sale in the green industry
Seasons of recession, drought and pest infestations sound like something out of a novel, but it has been the nursery industry's reality for too long. While the market is on the upswing, these factors have caused a tree shortage that have some in the supply chain scrambling for product. Whether you're a grower, a retailer or in the landscape trade, you'll be hard-pressed to find certain trees in the 2- to 3-inch category this spring and beyond. The bread-and-butter selections such as red maple, zelkova and pin oak make up a large portion of the shortages.
Top 10 requirements for great tree sales
Lawn & Garden Retailer
We can no longer "kind of be in business" or "kind of be a source for trees." The decision to have great tree sales is exactly that — a decision we need to commit to fully. And why trees? Trees are the future for your customers and for you. Choosing to become great tree retailers is a decision that must be made today to drive results tomorrow. It requires an awareness and focus on 10 key components. Here's what they're all about, why they're so important and how to follow through.
Top 15 plants
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. In fact, at least 20 percent of the survey respondents indicated that they would be increasing production of the following: begonia, calibrachoa, echinacea, geranium, petunia, tomato, and vinca. Of those, geranium is the clear sales-volume leader, followed closely by petunia.
House approves Farm Bill, ending 2-year impasse
The New York Times
The House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing nearly $1 trillion in spending on farm subsidies and nutrition programs, setting the stage for final passage of a new five-year farm bill that has been stalled for over two years. The Senate is expected to take up the bill later this week.
Tell Congress: Pass the Farm Bill
The Farm Bill Congressional conference committee reported out a compromise Farm Bill, referred to as the Agricultural Act of 2014. Our industry is set to benefit from expanded funding in important programs like Pest and Disease Prevention and Mitigation, the National Clean Plant Network, the Specialty Crop Block Grants and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative. In addition, the review process for SCRI will include significantly more industry involvement where the real-world impact of the proposed research will be given considerably more weight.
Infographic: Garden trends for 2014
Today's Garden Center
Are you up on microgardens, bee hotels and chevron? The Garden Media Group says these are a few of the big garden trends we'll see in 2014. Read up on all the trends the Garden Media Group predicts will be big this year in this infographic.
Keeping an eye on root development
A large portion of the U.S. green industry is involved with growing plants in containers, and so it is important to understand the factors that influence root growth to attain optimal benefits from container production. Several factors that affect root growth include the physical and chemical properties of substrates: Physical properties include porosity and water holding capacity, percentage of fine particles and bulk density; chemical properties include pH, cation exchange capacity and soluble salts.
Are you managing you?
Greenhouse Product News
Managing yourself is about not being overwhelmed. Managing yourself is about thinking clearly to make the right decisions. Managing yourself is about setting an example for the people you lead. Managing yourself should be a priority, and you should recognize why it is more difficult today if you want to improve.
The rental landscape
Lawn & Landscape
From housing market issues to green initiatives, several challenges and changes have presented themselves to landscape contractors and equipment manufacturers in recent years. What hasn't changed is that contractors need equipment — but is it better to rent or buy? Three equipment manufacturers — BOMAG, General Equipment and Jenny Products — offered their viewpoints on the equipment industry and discussed key considerations in the rent or buy decision.
Genetic modification produces true blue orchid
Over the last several decades, a blue orchid has been the dream of many orchid hobbyists. At orchid shows around the world, one would often hear people admiring some orchids and saying, "This is really blue!" However, what orchid hobbyists call "blue" is always a shade of purple or lavender.
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