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 ASSOCIATION NEWS


2 Lucky SNA 2014 Attendees Win iPads
SNA
Jay Streck, Twin Branch Nursery, Woodstock, GA and Stanley Kirby, Bowsmith, Inc., Avon Park, FL are the lucky winners of an iPad! Jay won an iPad mini in the SNA 2014 Pre-Registration Drawing for registering to attend SNA 2014 before the pre-registration deadline. His name was entered in the drawing along with nearly 1,000 others that pre-registered for the event. Stanley Kirby won an iPad Air in the SNA Mobile App Drawing for downloading the new SNA Mobile App and checking in at all of the SNA 2014 sponsor booths participating in the program. The new SNA Mobile App, developed by Sunrise Marketing, was rolled out just in time for SNA 2014 and features a directory of exhibitors, news feeds for everything SNA, marketing messages and videos, instant coupons and as an added bonus, a plant database from MasterTag.
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SNA 2014 Attendee and Exhibitor Surveys
SNA
SNA will be sending out surveys to SNA 2014 attendees and exhibitors this week. This quick online survey, is designed to help SNA improve the structure and content of SNA 2015. If you receive a survey, please take the time to participate to help SNA create the marketplace and event components that you want. And, as an added bonus, attendees participating in the survey will have a chance to win a $100 American Express Gift Card! If you have any questions about the surveys, contact SNA at 678.809.9992 or send and email to mail@sna.org.
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UGA and CANR Commercial Grower Survey — Take 2 for 4
SNA
The UGA Horticulture Department and Center for Applied Nursery Research ask growers from across the nation to take two minutes or less to fill out a four question, one page survey on the most pressing nursery industry needs pertaining to research. So don’t be shy growers! Let them know what you need! To take the quick survey, CLICK HERE. The deadline is Sept. 19, 2014 so don't delay. Let you voice be heard today!
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Register for the 39th IPPS — Southern Region Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-29, Hickory, NC
IPPS
Registration for the 39th IPPS — Southern Region Annual Meeting scheduled for Oct. 26-29 in Hickory, NC is now open. Spend time with colleagues touring innovative nurseries. Learn about new cultivars, native plants and IPM techniques. Catch up with old friends and make new connections. See the latest research results before they are published. You do not have to be a member to attend the meeting. PROGRAM. REGISTER NOW.
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Welcome New SNA Members
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David Simpson, Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw, GA

SNA provides you with a network of industry professionals to make your search for horticultural products and services easy. To locate a company or a person, Search the SNA Online Membership Directory. Or, to locate a product Search the SNA Member Products Directory. Can't find what you're looking for? Send us an email at mail@sna.org, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help!

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SNA Career Network
SNA
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.

Latest Listing ... John Deere Landscapes, various positions and locations

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SNA Industry Event Calendar
SNA
For a quick view of upcoming events hosted by SNA and other State and National Associations see the SNA Industry Events Calendar.
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 REGIONAL NEWS


ANLA Horizon Award and Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations Accepted through Oct. 29
Each year the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association selects a recipient for the Horizon Award and a recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented annually at the ALNLA membership meeting during the Gulf States Horticultural Expo. If you know someone that you would like to nominate for either the Horizon Award or Lifetime Achievement Award, please click to download the respective files, fill it out and mail it to the ALNLA office by Oct. 29, 2014.
ALNLA HORIZON AWARD NOMINATION FORM
ALNLA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD NOMINATION

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The 2014 Landscape Show, Sept. 25-27, Orlando, FL
Florida - FNGLA
For 2014, The Landscape Show will feature over 400 industry vendors in 800 booth spaces; dozens of educational programs; industry CEUs; peer-to-peer exchange, FNGLA Landscape Award winners; and lots of additional opportunities to connect, learn and grow your business. The Knowledge College continues to be the go-to educational conference for those seeking in-depth learning from industry professionals and experts. Sessions are fee-based and are some of the best industry educational opportunities in the state for landscape, IGC and business professionals within the nursery industry.
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GGIA's Metro Atlanta Chapter Meetings in Norcross and Marietta
Georgia - GGIA
GGIA's newest chapter, based in Metro Atlanta, will be hosting two meetings this fall. First, we'll be at Topiary Courtyard in Norcross on Thursday, Sept. 18. Tour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Join us for dinner and a presentation by Dr. Forest Steglin of UGA on "Diversifying Your Business for the Off Season to Stay Viable All Year." On Oct. 16, we'll meet at MNI Direct in Marietta. Call 888-GET-GGIA or email at sherry@ggia.org for more information. More information for this meeting will be provided soon.
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Sales and Use Tax: Have you filed for a New agricultural exemption certificate?
North Carolina - NCNLA
The NC General Assembly passed a new law, HB1050, that sets new requirements for farmers to qualify for sales and use tax exemptions. All agricultural exemption certificate holders are required to act on this notice based on these changes so that you won’t lose your exemption Oct. 1, 2014.
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Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association 2014 Convention & Trade Show
Oklahoma - OKNLA
From Azaleas to Zinnias, Aeration equipment to Zoned irrigation, this year's convention and trade show has it all! We have structured this event to be focused on YOU! On Thursday, Sept. 25 at 11:30 a.m., the ONLA Board of Directors will be hearing YOUR ideas and suggestions, answering YOUR questions and planning the future with YOU. Later, at 1 p.m. , Dr. Charlie Hall, our keynote speaker, will be sharing ways to get the most out of YOUR business. At the round table discussions on Friday, Sept. 26, YOU will be sitting across the table from the speaker, asking questions and sharing YOUR experiences. We are a team. Come to the show. We can't be a complete team without YOU!
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Tennessee Green Industry Expo, Oct. 2-3, Nashville, TN
Tennessee - TNLA
For the first time, the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association and the Middle Tennessee Nursery Association are partnering for the Tennessee Green Industry Expo. Scheduled for Oct. 2-3 at the new Music City Center in Nashville, TN. This new partnership, new dates and new venue offers you a new event for all your horticulture needs. Exhibitor setup will be Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 a.m. -4 p.m. The nursery/horticulture tradeshow will be on Thursday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Educational program on Thursday, Oct. 2, 8 a.m.-4:50 p.m.
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WVNLA names 2014 Scholarship Winner
West Virginia - WVNLA
Members of WVNLA's board of directors were unanimous in their selection of Silas Childs as the recipient of the 2014 Marcus W. Rennix Memorial Scholarship. This hard-working student is an honors student in Horticulture at West Virginia University, and is also married with two small children at home. Despite the challenges of balancing family, job and school responsibilities, Silas maintains a 4.0 GPA and was highly recommended for the scholarship by WVNLA members Pat Biafore, a former employer, and his professor Dr. Sven Verlinden. More information can be found on the WVNLA's website homepage.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Making Payroll
Landscape Online
Besides hourly employees, salaried employees making less than $455 each week are entitled to overtime. This spring the White House instructed the Department of Labor to "update regulations regarding who qualifies for overtime protection" — essentially raising the minimum weekly salary so that more salaried employees qualify for overtime.
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4 Stellar Opportunities For Garden Suppliers In 2015
Today's Garden Center
"In the midst of this busy 2014 season, Today's Garden Center conducted its State Of The Industry surveys, including one just for suppliers. Only 43 responded, but between their answers and my own observations, I've identified four stellar opportunities I see for the supply side of the industry for 2015. These opportunities also provide the smartest retailers an edge by helping them understand what their suppliers may be thinking," writes Sid Raisch, founder of Horticultural Advantage.
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Trialing and Tribulations
Greenhouse Management
Plant trialing is not a uniform process. It manifests in a multitude of ways across regions and even municipal lines, altering itself to test the climate and condition of the land. It can change with the temperamental winds, the gale force gusts that carry with them plunges in typical summer temperature (even providing unseasonal, overnight frosts), or the cotton-mouthed stretches that labor on without rain. Whole rows of crops can be consumed by ravaging pests or mildew diseases. Plant trialing is not homogenous and it is never boring. To manage plant trials is to change processes with the seasons.
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From Passé to Nouveau
Nursery Management
We are plant lovers, growers, gardeners and a host of other things. We are not always the ones who need convincing when it comes to buying plants. We are usually challenged most by trying to convince others, our customers. The exception would be when choosing plants for a season, we require romancing — and we love it when we see something truly new, or at least new to us. We can get the same-old-same-old anywhere.
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Where There's Dirt, There Should Be Plants
Greenhouse Product News
The lifeblood of every business is revenue, and we all want more of it. When it comes to generating it, you only have four options:
  1. Sell more of the same stuff to existing clients (greater market penetration).
  2. Sell to new clients (market development).
  3. Develop new products and services to obtain a greater “share of wallet” (product development).
  4. Diversify your business.

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Go the Distance
Lawn & Landscape
When gas prices suddenly spiked several years ago, many lawn care companies offset costs with temporary surcharges on customers' bills. Since then, lawn care operatrors have switched fuel sources, upgraded equipment and installed software to more sustainably manage fluctuating fuel costs.
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16 Flowering Potted Plants for Every Occasion
Greenhouse Grower
Flowering potted plants are no longer just traditional annual varieties that one buys at the grocery store for a gift. The category is reshaping itself to include dwarf varieties, perennials, woody ornamentals and much more. Here are 16 of the newest varieties to hit the market.
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European Invasion
American Nurseryman
European pepper moth is beginning to make its way into greenhouse production areas, as well as propagation greenhouses for woody plants. Here's how to identify the invasive pest, plus what to do if you discover an infestation.
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