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Dr. Tom Yeager Awarded Slater Wight Memorial Award
SNA
This year's recipient of the Slater Wight Memorial Award is Dr. Tom Yeager, Professor, Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida, IFAS, Gainesville, FL. Tom is a native of Alabama, where he managed a wholesale container nursery before pursuing graduate studies in Virginia. After completing his Ph.D., he assumed extension and research responsibilities at the University of Florida, where a team approach and partnerships have resulted in significant achievements. One such accomplishment was leading the development of a Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide for nursery crops. Several universities, governmental agencies, and the nursery industry worked cooperatively to write the BMP Guide that was printed and distributed by the Southern Nursery Association. Yeager has been instrumental in numerous research projects and industry papers. He received the SNA Environmental Award (1999), was recognized as the Florida Association of County Agricultural Agents Outstanding Specialist (2003), the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region Sidney B. Meadows Award (2008), and elected as a Fellow of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region (2010).
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12 Southeast Students Awarded Scholarships
SNA
The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. The presentations took place on Wednesday, July 23, during SNA 2014 in Atlanta. Scholarship recipients are determined through a competitive application process, administered by a selection committee, based on academics, determination, demonstrated interest in the horticulture industry, and financial need. This year’s recipients were chosen from a pool of dozens of well-qualified applicants. To date, a total of $455,000 has been awarded since the fund was established. The fund’s current assets are now more than $850,000.
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SNA 2014 Attendee and Exhibitor Surveys
SNA
Two important surveys were sent out recently to SNA 2014 Attendees and Exhibitors in an attempt to collect data to help SNA improve its annual event which includes The Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, and the SNA Regional Marketplace. If you received one of these online surveys please take a few moments and fill it out and return it. We value your opinion! The surveys will be open until Sept. 30 so don't delay, respond today!
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 REGIONAL NEWS



Time for the FNGLA Plant Geek Ride
Florida - FNGLA
The Plant Geek III Ride/Walk will take place Saturday, Oct. 25 beginning at Magnolia Park in Apopka, FL, and taking advantage of the new Lake Apopka Loop trail which runs along the north ridge of Lake Apopka. The event will include a walk with a naturalist to point out flora and fauna along the way, as well as a bike ride with point-of-interest nature stops along the way. For the more serious rider, there will be a 30 mile ride which traverses the full Lake Apopka Loop, including the return route to Magnolia Park. Cost is $25 for individuals 12 years and older. Registration for children between the ages of 6-11 is $10 and children 5 years old and under are free.
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GGIA Announces 2nd Annual Spring Into Color 5K Dash
Georgia - GGIA
The Georgia Green Industry Association has announced plans for its 2nd Annual Spring Into Color 5K Dash on March 28, 2015 at Town Center Park in Suwanee, Georgia. Proceeds will help fund GGIA's Partnership in Sustainability Program and benefit the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Tree Atlanta, The State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, and The Atlanta Botanical Garden. New this year ... vendor space will be available.
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Get On The Bus For the Western Field Day To Greenleaf Nursery!
Missouri - MNLA
Reserve your seat on the MLNA bus leaving Wednesday Oct. 15 heading for Greenleaf Nursery's Field Day Thursday, Oct. 16 with return the same day. Your hosts Kevin Effinger, Greenleaf Nursery & Mike Rood, Pea Ridge Forest will get you there and back. The bus is free compliments of the Western & Greenleaf. Wednesday lunch on the bus & soft drinks too. Don't miss a great opportunity to visit Greenleaf Nursery, visit with the Garden Debut plant breeders, and ride along with colleagues and friends.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS



Citywide Ban of Neonicotinoids Passes in Seattle City Council
Today's Garden Center
Seattle City Council voted to pass a ban on the purchase and use of neonicotinoids on city property. According to the ban — Resolution 31548 — the city will not purchase or use any neonicotinoid pesticides for any purpose and will only use pollinator-friendly methods of weed and pest control on any city-owned or operated land. The city will support a national moratorium on the sale and use of neonicotinoids, and says it strongly urges the U.S.House of Representatives to pass the Save America's Pollinators Act and the Environmental Protection Agency to suspend the registration of imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinotafuran and any other neonicotinoids until the EPA can complete its environmental assessments.
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Mixing It Up
Greenhouse Management
Growers are continually looking for the holy grail of soilless potting mixes. Such a mix would be economical, easy to handle, porous but able to retain the right amount of moisture, hold nutrients, and of course, improve crop performance and yield. Wishful thinkers would also look for a mix that would contribute to disease and pest control and resistance. While such perfection isn't available in a single product, here are three ingredients that could enhance your growing results.
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Profitable Partnerships
Nursery Management
In the green industry, many companies are still production driven. There are those in the industry that are marketing driven, but other than the "big boys," it is rare to find a mid-size wholesale nursery thoroughly dedicated to the value of marketing — not only for their own business, but that of their customers. Van Essen Nursery Company is that rare bird.
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The Fine Art of Family Business
Lawn & Landscape
There's nothing simple about succession in a family business. It's personal. It’s managing a legacy, and transitioning ownership of a previous generation’s dream so the next guard of leaders can preserve it, change it and mold it into a continued success. Lawn & Landscape spoke with companies that have completed ownership transitions, or are in the process of redefining family members’ roles in the company as they perpetuate the business. Here's how they managed tough discussions, created a strategy for transition and executed their plans.
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Top Cuttings Producers Reveal Offshore Production Is Expanding
Greenhouse Grower
For the first time in a few years, we have seen minimal consolidation at the breeder level. Perhaps for this reason, with more stability among breeders and the improving economy, cuttings producers, both in the U.S. and offshore around the world, have increased the number of cuttings produced over 2013. They also seem to be ramping up supply for 2015 after last spring's annuals shortage due to disease pressure from tobacco mosaic virus that was found at Dümmen’s El Salvador facility.
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Sky's 2nd Effort
Lawn & Garden Retailer
A little offseason trendspotting can do a world of good for your garden center displays. It might even make you Lawn & Garden Retailer's Merchandiser of the Year. Just ask the creative staff at Sky Nursery in Shoreline, Washington, who drew inspiration from consumer trends that capitalized on the handmade movement to create a display called the Homegrown Market. Finding success with shoppers by putting a fresh spin on well-established categories, the execution of Sky's merchandising efforts also made quite an impression on our judges panel, earning this Pacific Northwest retailer the right to be named Merchandiser of the Year for the second year in a row.
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Perennial Solutions: Helenium 'Mariachi Salsa'
Greenhouse Product News
Helenium is a genera of perennials that has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Some of the recent demand likely stems from its mid- to late-summer bloom time; Helen's flower peaks when most summer flowering perennials are on the decline. Additionally, breeding efforts have improved the commercial production and landscape performance of this great perennial.
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Grasses for Wet Sites
American Nurseryman
Extreme weather events appear to be the new normal, with many storms producing heavy downpours that can cause erosion or leave standing water in low areas. Although drought has been the focus for California and much of central U. S. recently, wet sites can be just as challenging, hosting conditions of too much moisture that can reduce or eliminate soil air and oxygen, both of which are essential for root survival and growth. Dealing with rain events that leave several inches of water in a brief period of time requires close attention to how water moves — or not — on a given site.
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