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 ASSOCIATION NEWS


Congratulations to Dan Batson of GreenForest Nursery, Nursery Management's Grower of the Year ...
SNA
SNA Member and Past President Dan Batson was recently named Grower of the Year by Nursery Management. Smart growth combined with innovation and some calculated risk helped GreenForest Nursery, based Perkinston, Miss., become a progressive and profitable company. With Dan Batson at the helm, GFN has adapted production techniques to become an efficient operation, as well as adjusted product offerings to meet market demands. And during the past 30 years in business, Batson has dedicated much of his time to the betterment of the industry, not just his own company.

Batson, a classic example of a Southern gentleman, is quick to credit his wife and business partner, Kathy, and his crew for the company's success. And he's proud to have his son Brad in the company, who joined GFN last year.


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SNA 2014
SNA
Mark your calendar for SNA 2014 scheduled for July 22-24, 2014, at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, Ga. Connect with the industry's most forward thinking growers, breeders, researchers, retailers, landscapers, manufacturers and distributors from across the Southeast. SNA 2014 will feature the best ornamental trees, shrubs and color from top growers across the region, and the latest in retail, landscape and outdoor living products, garden gifts, accessories and more. Be sure to take advantage of the special educational sessions featuring top industry experts designed to help your business grow. SNA 2014 ... Connecting the industry across the Southeast. Plants, products, people, marketplace, education and more.
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Sidney B. Meadows 2014 Scholarship application available
SNA
Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Applications for the 2014 year are now available online at www.sbmsef.org. The deadline for application is May 30, 2014. The Scholarship Selection Committee will make its selections by July 1, 2014 and recipients will be notified soon thereafter. Awards will be made on July 23, in Atlanta, during SNA 2014. To date, a total of $437,500 has been awarded since the fund was established. For eligibility information, application, previous winners and more, visit the Fund's website at www.sbmsef.org.
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Stop by the SNA booth at WinterGreen 2014 and Gulf States Horticultural Expo
SNA
If you're attending GGIA's WinterGreen 2014, scheduled for Jan. 23-24 in Duluth, Ga., or the Gulf State Horticultural Expo, scheduled for Jan. 30-31 in Mobile, Ala., be sure to stop by the SNA booth. The winter trade show circuit begins Jan. 5-6 at the National Green Centre in Kansas City, Mo. and ends Feb. 5-7 at SCHI in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For a schedule of winter trade shows and educational events in the region, go to http://www.sna.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1051889.
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 REGIONAL NEWS


Own a piece of Auburn History — Toomer's Oaks Seedlings for Sale
ALNLA
The iconic Toomer's Oaks on Auburn University's campus were a part of post-athletic victories for decades; that is, until the trees were poisoned following the 2010 Iron Bowl and were eventually removed in April 2013.

Not only did the Auburn Family lose this celebratory forum, but also the source of seedlings, whose sales raised several hundred thousand dollars for student scholarships. The Department of Horticulture propagated seedlings of the Toomer's Oaks in 2007, completely unaware of what would occur a few years later.

The trees have been container grown and are now in 20 or 25 gallon pots. We have 30 ranging from 6' to 10' tall remaining and are making them available to raise funds for academic programs in the department. The trees would need to be picked up at the Paterson Greenhouse Complex in Auburn and are $1,500 each. Please contact Heath Hoffman at 334-844-4660 or email at HLH0009@auburn.edu to make arrangements for pickup.

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GGIA's 1st Annual Spring Into Color 5K Dash dates changed
GGIA
The first annual GGIA 5K Color Dash originally scheduled for Saturday, April 5, 2014, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2014. The race will take place at Town Center Park, Suwanee, Ga.
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Apps help identify invasive pests
UGA
Invasive species trackers at the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health have developed a suite of apps to help identify strange unwanted invasive pests. Using the app means that we can now identify problem invasive pests in the field, rather than breaking away to sit down at a computer and look it up.
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Job posting
TNLA
Research Assistant Professor — Nursery Sustainability and Production Tennessee State University Nursery Research Center, McMinnville, Tenn.

Develop and execute a woody ornamental research program to improve the quality of nursery stock and sustainability of production practices in the Tennessee nursery industry. Position has the support of a full-time technician. For complete description and requirements go to https://jobs.tnstate.edu. Position #002130. Closes Dec. 26, 2013.

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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Marketing to Generation Z: Young industry leaders share their ideas
Greenhouse Grower
Generation Z, the age group beyond Generation Y, is said to be kids born between 1995 and 2009. These kids are already being marketed to as children and they will be our age in 30 years. They're true digital natives with an infinite number of options competing for their time and attention. How can our industry effectively start to build interest and awareness in our products?
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What's on trend to generate more plant sales in 2014?
Greenhouse Product News
What's on trend for consumer gardening in 2014? The answer is mixed annual combos in containers, vibrant colors and black and white, according to Nancy Fire, design director for HGTV Home and the HGTV Home Plant Collection. Fire travels the globe each year to report trends that HGTV Home can apply across all product lines, from paint colors to fabric and plants.
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Report shows that Farm Bill conservation practices reduce runoff
Nursery Management
A record number of voluntary conservation practices adopted by Chesapeake Bay farmers since 2006 have significantly reduced the amount of nitrogen, sediment and phosphorus leaving cultivated croplands, according to a new report. The report estimates that since 2006, conservation practices applied by farmers and landowners are reducing nitrogen leaving fields by 48.6 million pounds each year, or 26 percent, and reducing phosphorus by 7.1 million pounds, or 46 percent.
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Keep your eye on the money
Lawn & Landscape
When summer winds down and seasons shift into slower times, cash flow can dip quickly, leaving you in a difficult situation. Collections are on the fritz, monthly payments are due for equipment that is not in use and everyone needs to get paid on Friday. Lawn & Landscape spoke with three firms about how they manage to keep the cash flowing year-round, and what strategies they deploy to make due when times are tough.
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Building a case for biopots
Greenhouse Management
Sustainable practices were decades away when Jiffy Pots popped up in the U.S. nursery and greenhouse industry. It was the mid-1950s and George Ball discovered a Norwegian company that had found a way to turn peat into products. Ball bought the rights and introduced what would become the first of the biocontainers, which was made of peat. Today, biocontainers are made out of everything from rice hulls and wheat straw to coir and cow manure.
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New plants for 2014
American Nurseryman
Just in time for the holidays — and for that end-of-the-year review — American Nurseryman presents an impressive selection of new plants that will entice your clients, excite your customers and put your inventory at the top of everyone's must-have list. The plants are offered here in alphabetical order, and you'll find perennials and woody selections that are bound to help you succeed.
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Edible plants define Natureworks
Today's Garden Center
Edible gardening is the rage these days. The last time there was such a dramatic upswing in vegetable gardening was during World War II, when most anybody who owned a plot of land grew a victory garden. If there is any silver lining to the recent economic downturn, it's that young and old alike are beginning to grow their own food. Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks, started the business 30 years ago with $500.
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