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Michael Steinhardt to keynote Southern Plant Conference
SNA
The 2014 Southern Plant Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 (in conjunction with SNA 2014) will feature Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund titan, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist. Coined as Wall Street's greatest trader, Steinhardt's country estate houses one of the world's largest private zoos and gardens that rivals anything you might see in a public botanical garden. From hedge funds to hedges, it's a long way from his legendary days on Wall Street. Steinhardt now pours his energies in his collection of plants and animals from around the world. Featured in the Feb. 10, 2014 issue of Forbes magazine, Michael's Menagerie (his 57-acre estate in Bedford, N.Y. is "the only physical possession in my life from which I really derive great pleasure." More details to follow in the coming weeks on the 2014 Southern Plant Conference speaker lineup.
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USAg Recycling offers free pesticide container recycling to nurseries
SNA
USAg recycling is offering free crop protection container recycling to nurseries. For a list of eligible containers, container prep information, a list of drop off centers by state and county and more, visit their website at www.usagrecycling.com. Or, give USAg a call at 800-654-3145.
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SNA Career Network
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The SNA Career Network is provided as a service to the industry. For current listings of open positions follow the link provided. Got a job listing? We can list your position to help you find that perfect person! Simply email us at mail@sna.org.
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 REGIONAL NEWS


Webinar series to address complex issues
Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association
A group of scientists in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Mississippi who work with pathogen spread in irrigation, are putting on a monthly webinar series presenting the latest research data that are crucial to address these complex issues. The series will focus on irrigation pathogens and recycled water quality. Major topics include:
  • Why is capture and reuse of surface runoff important to secure an adequate supply of quality irrigation water while reducing nonpoint source pollution?
  • How may this practice potentially impact water quality, recycle and spread destructive pathogens?
  • What are the major steps and current technologies to address these problems and how to make the most out of water treatment dollars?
  • How to design and build an irrigation system that recycles water but not pathogens?
  • What are the other long-term solutions?
Information can be found at www.irrigation-pathogens.info.

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Have you signed up for GGIA's Spring Into Color 5K Dash?!
Georgia Green Industry Association
We invite you to join us for the first annual Georgia Green Industry Association 5K Color Dash (Spring Into Color 5K Dash) on March 29, 2014 at Town Center Park in Suwanee, Ga. Come experience some fun in the wildest 5K you've ever seen! This is your chance to support the GGIA and show your colors in this fun-filled event. Run, walk, crawl, dance or cartwheel your way through a bombardment of color and find yourself wearing a colorful dash of spring colors when you reach the finish line. You're guaranteed to have a blast and benefit some awesome charities in the process! Make plans now to attend this colorful event! Check out our race website at www.springintocolor5Kdash.com.
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UT Extension announces online Master Nursery Producer training program
University of Tennessee Extension
University of Tennessee Extension is now providing online training for nursery operators and their employees who wish to become certified as a Tennessee Master Nursery Producer (TMNP). A committee composed of scientists and nursery specialists from the UT Institute of Agriculture, Tennessee State University and USDA developed the novel program, which is unlike any nursery training offered in the U.S. The online training is based on a live version of the Tennessee Master Nursery Producer class, and nursery crop producers who completed the live program have reported saving an average of more than $4,200 in business expenses in the year following course graduation. The online training modules cover container and field production, fertilization, irrigation, pest management and many more topics. The fee for the program is $125.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Growers expect increases in production for 2014
Greenhouse Grower
It's not uncommon to see high hopes from growers in Greenhouse Grower’s State Of The Industry survey. Last year, for instance, nearly half of growers indicated they intended to increase production for 2013. That optimism seems to have paid off with 68 percent of growers in our 2014 survey reporting an increase in sales last year.

Those positive results look to be translating into preparations for another year of growth, as 59 percent of our grower respondents say they are increasing production for 2014. One-fifth intend to up production by 10 percent or more. Large growers in our survey seemed the most optimistic, with 72 percent planning increases, compared to 57 percent of medium and small growers.

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Nurseryscaping for pest control
American Nurseryman
"Nurseryscaping," or the use of insectary plants, is an approach to crop production with a focus on enhancing the activity of beneficial organisms. It's not necessarily a new concept, but it's gaining momentum among growers who wish to try alternative methods to pest control in the field as well as in the greenhouse. This emphasis on biological control, sometimes called bio-intensive pest management, is gaining attention for its potential to reduce pesticide use.
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EPA proposes changes to worker protection standards
Nursery Management
New regulations affecting flower and plant growers were announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when it issued proposed revisions to the long-standing Agricultural Worker Protection Standards. The EPA is proposing changes designed to increase worker training on the safe use of pesticides and expand protections from pesticide exposure for agricultural workers including those who work in greenhouses and nurseries.
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Use the Growing Up Gardening campaign to reach young families
Today's Garden Center
Today's gardeners have changed. What they look like, what they care about in the garden and where they shop is continually changing. These new gardeners vary in demographics from the gardeners you grew up with in numerous ways and how your garden center chooses to connect with them can play a big role in your success during 2014 and beyond.
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How Your Green Team grew 200 percent by winning over your neighbors
Lawn & Landscape
Your Green Team makes a huge effort to communicate with customers, and the owners even follow up directly to assure it. But since the company figured out how to let the results speak for themselves, the monthly completed service volume has rocketed 200 percent in two years, from just more than $50,000 to nearly $150,000 per month.
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There's momentum behind the local market scene — Are you tapping into it?
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Locally grown. You're all aware of the trend. If you've been to a farmers market lately, you certainly have encountered some locally grown produce and maybe even have seen some promotion around it, telling everyone that they are a local producer. Other small businesses are offering products made by local companies, too. Even larger grocery stores are getting in on it. Although they have a long way to go, they seem to want to inform their customers that some of their produce or other products were produced locally.
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USDA grants will aid communities with water challenges
Greenhouse Management
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Feb. 24 that the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will make $6 million in grants available this year, and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges.
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Gardening with containers
Greenhouse Product News
What's new? As the season changes and the nursery is full with pansies and perennials, landscapers and designers are coming to shop and at least once a day someone asks "What's new?" There are usually new varieties of plants to offer, but there are also new ways to display plants in the garden. Containers have been used to add seasonal color on patios, rooftops, at entrances and even table tops as a quick way to decorate with beautiful flower combinations for a special occasion or to add a holiday theme to a porch or outdoor room.
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