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Michael Steinhardt to keynote Southern Plant Conference
SNA
Don't miss a special presentation by Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund titan, financier, investor, newspaper publisher and philanthropist during the 13th Southern Plant Conference. 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 energy in his collection of plants and animals from around the world. Featured in the Feb. 2014 issue of Forbes magazine, Michael's Menagerie (his 57-acre estate in Bedford, N.Y.), he stated, "[my garden is] the only physical possession in my life from which I really derive great pleasure."

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SNA 2014 educational sessions
SNA
Set your business on a more profitable course by attending one (or all) of the educational sessions offered at SNA 2014. Full of takeaways, these sessions offer innovative ideas, and sound, practical advise for both personal and business growth and development. You'll discover the latest plant varieties and industry trends, ways to increase profit and solutions to some of your toughest issues — all while connecting with the top industry professionals from across the Southeast. Retail sessions include What Consumers Think About Gardening and Your Store and 4 Marketing Campaigns You Can Use to Recruit New Customers [The 10% Project] by Carol Miller, Today's Garden Center, and Turn Your Team Into A Selling Machine by Katheryn Danger, Profitivity. Landscape Sessions include, Rain Gardens to the Rescue by Dr. Helen Kraus, NC State University, and Growing from $100,000 to $1,000,000 by Tony Bass, Super Lawn Technologies.
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SNA award nominations
SNA
As an SNA Member, you are invited to nominate one individual or firm for the SNA Pinnacle Award and the SNA Environmental Leadership Award based on each award criteria. All nominations are due in the SNA office by May 1, 2014. Final selection will be made by the SNA Board of Directors and awards will be presented at the SNA Annual Business Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, July 24, during SNA 2014. Nomination forms are designed as fill-in forms that you can save and submit electronically as an email attachment. Please submit your electronic nominations to: mail@sna.org. Or, mail your paper nominations to: SNA, PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101. To download the nomination form, simply click on the link(s) below.

SNA Pinnacle Award Nomination Form

SNA Environmental Award Nomination Form

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SUSTA 2014 Horticulture Trade Mission to the Netherlands — August 27-29, 2014
SUSTA
Horticulture companies have the opportunity to meet key foreign buyers by participating in this outbound trade mission. SUSTA will provide local business-related transportation, pre-arranged meeting services and reimbursement of hotel costs for one participant within the per diem rate during mission only. The Netherlands plays a significant role within the European Union in international horticultural trade. The country has an outstanding technology level and exports to many countries all over the world. Plantarium is an international trade fair that offers profitable business opportunities for the participants, encouraging them to take concrete steps to expand their business.
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 REGIONAL NEWS


Insect and weed ID review for landscape ornamentals and turf
AGITC
Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Birmingham, AL
Review insects causing problems in the landscape, learn about disease ID and factors that surround these problem areas and review pesticide safety topics related to the label contents and applicator safety. $45 per seat.

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Remembering Benjamin James Harwell
ALNLA
Benjamin James Harwell, Jr., 93, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away March 20, 2014. He attended the Barnes School in Montgomery and went on to attend Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) where he studied Landscape Architecture. Ben was an active member of First Baptist Church. In January 1955, he and his wife founded Green Thumb Nursery. Ben was always eager to serve others and to share his knowledge and love of plants with everyone. He is preceded by his wife of 65 years, Jimmie Stitt Harwell, and parents, Benjamin J. Harwell & Margaret Schmidt Harwell. Survivors include his sons, James (Libby) and Charles (Carolyn); four grandchildren, Patrick (Leslie), Ashley (Mark) Norton, Will, & Andrew (Elizabeth); and seven great grandchildren.

The family would like to express their appreciation to everyone at Wesley Gardens and Angels for the Elderly for their compassion and love in caring for their father. His Funeral Service was held on Sunday, March 23 at Southern Memorial with Dr. Jay Wolf officiating. Donations may be given to the First Baptist Church Foundation, 305 S. Perry St., Montgomery, AL 36104 or to the Ben Harwell Scholarship Fund at ALNLA, P.O. Box 9, Auburn, AL 36831.

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Last chance to register for GGIA's Spring Into Color 5K Dash!
GGIA
This is your last chance to register for GGIA's Spring Into Color 5K Dash. Make sure you don't miss the deadline to register! We will stop our online registration on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. You may still register onsite but we can not guarantee the correct T-shirt size. 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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Rodd Moesel 2014 Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee
OKNLA
Rodd Moesel has been awarded the Oklahoma Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture (Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame). Rodd is the founder, president and owner of American Plant Products and Services of Oklahoma City. He has also served as president and board member of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers Association and numerous other boards in the horticulture industry. He was the first recipient of the ONLA Green Industry Professional the Year Award in 2012. The ceremony honoring Rodd Moesel will be held during Oklahoma Ag Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. in the Blue Room. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Congratulations, Rodd on this well-deserved award! Your never-ending support of the green industry is very much noticed and appreciated.

Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association March calendar

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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Be informed about neonicotinoids and pollinators
Greenhouse Grower
As most people in our industry are probably well aware by now, there has been a large and, at times, vocal concern raised over the use of neonicotinoids in the greenhouse industry and within all areas of agriculture. This concern revolves around three separate but somewhat related subjects: bee decline, colony collapse disorder and pollinator deaths due to both acute and chronic exposure to pesticides.
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Increase your shelf esteem
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Shopping today is all about the experience — shoppers can buy what you sell in any number of places, so you have to be right. And ready. Your sales floor and displays require constant reinvention so shoppers don't get bored and go somewhere else. We bet your sales floor could benefit from a little reinvention in 2014. Let's take a look at areas that typically need attention. Don't worry; they’re some easy fixes.
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Grower: 2013 wage and benefits report
American Nurseryman
Amid the rumblings of a renewed minimum wage debate and the possible delay — yet again — of legislative action on immigration reform, the day-to-day work of the green industry goes on. Couple those challenges with the task of navigating the Affordable Care Act, and these hot-button issues have the potential to dramatically affect wages and benefits. We're not likely to see the impact for a while, depending on how long we have to wait for Congress to act and for newly enacted legislation to gain its momentum.
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Adventures in agritourism
Nursery Management
We're living in an era where we have to engage people in what we are doing if we want them to purchase our products. It's not enough to simply place some ads in a newspaper or other media. We've got to dazzle people. As nursery owners, we already have the potential to dazzle with our fine displays of flowering plants. All we have to do is swing open the doors to the public.
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Staying busy in business
Greenhouse Product News
Not many growers can claim to have a truly year-round business. By diversifying product offerings, keeping up with consumer trends and remaining committed to customer satisfaction, Dan Schantz Farm & Greenhouses is one of the few growers who can.
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Definition of full-time hours, path to legal workforce dominate SAF Congressional Action Days
Today's Garden Center
Florists, growers, suppliers and garden retailers gathered March 11 and 12 to review issues important to the floriculture industry, then headed to Capitol Hill to meet with dozens of Representatives and Senators or their staffs on those issues as part of SAF's Congressional Action Days. SAF (The Society of American Florists) selected two issues to be the main talking points during congressional appointments: how to define what is a full-time job and finding a way to ensure a legal and reliable workforce for the industry growers.
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HRI accepting research proposals
Greenhouse Management
The Horticultural Research Institute is now accepting research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability. Proposals for the 2015 grant cycle are due no later than June 1, 2014. Researchers are encouraged to submit proposals for research in the areas of horticultural marketing and consumer purchasing practices, pest and disease management and control, and sustainable production and environmental resource management.
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Water conservation and the waiting game
Lawn & Landscape
Recently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Gachina Landscape Management was founded by John Gachina, a California native who got his start as a groundskeeper for a golf course and then worked his way into the landscape industry. Today the company has more than 250 employees and does approximately $18 million annually in both maintenance and construction work for commercial clients. Over the years, the company's focus and commitment to water conservation has become a primary goal. These days, water conservation is a major concern for many clients.
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