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 ASSOCIATION NEWS


Recent Anthem Hack Could Affect 80 Million
SNA
Home Depot. Target. Sony. It seems data breaches are on the rise and the most recent hack into Anthem's computer network may have compromised as many as 80 million customers. It appears credit card or medical information was not the target, and names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses and employment information (including income data) were obtained. This news comes as Intuit's TurboTax, the nation's largest seller of tax preparation software, announced Friday that it would begin accepting electronic submission of state tax returns after taking a 24-hour pause to beef up security measures due to reports of taxpayers in a number of states logging in to submit their state tax returns to discover that some had stolen their identity and already filed in their name.
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H-2B Hit for the First Half of Fiscal 2015
AmericanHort
The H-2B cap has just been hit for the first half of fiscal 2015. According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release (Feb. 2), DHS will reject new H-2B petitions that were received after January 26, 2015, and that request an employment start date prior to April 1. The second half cap, for work beginning after April 1, could be reached soon. As a result, some of our members may not get the H-2B workers they need as the crucial spring season approaches. We need all of our members and allies to ask Congress to immediately reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption that was in law from 2005 through 2007. Under this exemption, H-2B workers who entered and complied with the terms of their visa in the prior year would not count toward the cap when they return in each of the next two years.
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SNA 2015 Plans Underway
SNA
Plans for SNA 2015 are underway and details on The SNA Regional Marketplace, The Southern Plant Conference, The SNA Research Conference, Special Educational Sessions, and more will be released soon. Be sure to mark your calendar for this one-of-a-kind regional event that will draw breeders, researchers, growers, landscapers and retailers from across the Southeast to Atlanta this July 21-23. SNA 2015 will bring the brightest minds in horticulture together ... It's the perfect platform for networking, learning, launching new products and cultivating new business relationships.
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Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application Available
SNA
The scholarship application process is now open for the 2015 scholarship awards. All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are awarded, through a competitive process, administered by a selection committee based on academics, character, determination, probability of a career in horticulture, and financial need. In 2014, twelve $1,500 scholarships were awarded, totaling $18,000. Deadline for submission is May 29, 2015. Selections will be made by July 1, and recipients will be notified soon thereafter. Awards will be made July 22 in Atlanta during SNA 2015. For complete details and to download an application package, CLICK HERE.
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Connect With SNA Members
SNA
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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Welcome New Members
SNA
Fred Fisher, Fisher’s Landscaping, Hattiesburg, MS (Platinum Level)
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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: Wholesale Nursery Production Manager, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL
This salaried position manages all aspects of the wholesale b&b nursery field operations for a 600-acre growing facility near Selma, AL. This includes management of the production planning, propagation and labor and field processes while developing ways to increase productivity and quality of plant material.

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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


ALNLA Executive Director James Harwell Announces Retirement
Alabama-ALNLA
During the recent membership meeting at the Gulf States Horticulture Expo in Mobile, James Harwell, ALNLA executive director for the last 10 years, officially announced his retirement effective in early 2016. James has devoted many years to our industry, and to the association specifically. His leadership and hard work has advanced the industry in the state of Alabama more than will be realized for a long time. The ANLA Board of Directors has been working diligently for almost a year developing a succession plan for this very moment. They have full confidence in the planning and processes that have been established that they will find the right individual to fill this role. A formal search committee has been formed and approved by the board that will lead them through this process and make a recommendation on a potential candidate(s) to the board for final approval.
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2015 Awards and More
Alabama-ALNLA
During the recent Gulf States Horticultural Expo (GSHE) the new ALNLA Board of Directors was elected, 2015 awards were presented and scholarship winners were announced. This year's Horizon Award went to Brandon Stokley, Stokley Nursery, Semmes, AL. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to James Harwell, ALNLA Executive Director since 2000. The newly elected Board of Directors includes Allied Director Russell Blackwell, Education Director Dr. Adam Newby, Past President Jason Powell, Director Emeritus Harvey Cotten, Vice President Bryan Word, Executive Director James Harwell, Secretary/Treasurer Cliff Myers, Director Chris Allen, Director David Funderburk, and President Brain Keller. Eight students received $11,000 in scholarships as follows: Britton Garrett, Jennifer Derrow, Hannah Mattill, Austin Haisten, Carter Rivers, Garrick Moultrie, Dillion Turk and Paul Bartley.
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Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Inc. (AGITC)
Boxwood Blight Detected in Retail Garden Center in Alabama

Alabama-ALNLA
Boxwood blight was recently detected in a retail garden center in Alabama. There is also a possibility that infected boxwood plants were distributed to multiple retail garden centers across the state. The Alabama Department of Agriculture is currently surveying for boxwood blight to determine the extent of this introduction. They are also making every effort to recover any potentially infected boxwood plants that might have been sold at retail garden centers where boxwood blight has been detected.
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TPIE 2015: An Electrified Industry Vibe Boosts Cool New Varieties And Products
Florida-Greenhouse Grower
The general feeling at the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association’s (FNGLA) 2015 Tropical Industry Exhibition (TPIE), January 21-23, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., was upbeat and positive. Attendees were inspired by exciting new products and varieties, as well as creative new displays and innovative ideas, and left energized for the season ahead. More than 6,000 attendees from 42 states and 39 countries made for a five-year high, according to FNGLA. Trade show traffic was up, with 50 new exhibitors and increases in buyer attendance.
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The Garden Center Group Awards 15 Cool Product Awards at TPIE 2015
Florida-FNGLA
At TPIE, The Garden Center Group identifies "TPIE's Top 15 Cool Products" from the show floor and honors them as award winners. These products are highlighted at the show and promoted by The Garden Center Group as "up and coming" industry items to watch! This year 15 products were identified as such ... from edible liners to works of art this list of Cool Products is worth a look.
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Have You Registered for GGIA's 2nd Annual Spring Into Color 5K Dash?
Georgia-GGIA
We invite you join us for the 2nd Annual Georgia Green Industry Association, Spring Into Color 5K Dash! Last year, we drew over 750+ runners! Come experience some fun in the wildest 5K you've ever seen! Run, Walk, Crawl, or cartwheel if you wish, your way through a bombardment of color and find yourself wearing a COLORFUL Dash of spring colors when you reach the finish line. Have a blast and benefit some awesome charities in the process!
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NCNLA Honors Five Companies with Excellence in Landscape Awards
North Carolina-NCNLA
The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (NCNLA) has announced the winners of its 2014 Excellence in Landscape Awards. Five green industry businesses were honored earlier this month at NCNLA's annual Green & Growin' Trade Show. Receiving MERIT Awards were: Appalachian Naturescapes, Morganton, NC, Greenleaf Services, Linville, NC, Coats Lawn Service, Inc., Clayton, NC, and Landvision, Raleigh, NC. Receiving DISTINCTION Awards were: PLI Co., Garner, NC and Coats Lawn Service, Inc., Clayton, NC.
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Nursery and Greenhouse Grower Survey
Oklahoma
Eric Rebek, Associate Professor and State Extension Specialist Horticultural Insects, Oklahoma State University, is conducting a survey on the informational resource preferences of nursery and greenhouse growers in our state, and your response would be appreciated. The survey is very short, requiring only a couple minutes of your time. Your response will help us gauge the usefulness of various sources of information about pest management, including electronic resources and a potential, regionally based website dedicated to nursery and greenhouse IPM. TAKE THE SURVEY.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Download Greenhouse Grower's 2015 State of the Industry Whitepaper
Greenhouse Grower
Every new year offers a fresh start, but in 2015, growers and suppliers are feeling particularly hopeful. After the past few years' slow climb back to what seems like an economic recovery, Greenhouse Grower's 2015 State Of The Industry Survey reveals that the industry is poised for a year of growth.
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Research: Spend Money, Make Money
Lawn & Landscape
What you spend depends on what you make. In our 2014 State of the Industry Report, we asked companies what they were shelling out annually on products and services, and broke it up into companies that gross less than $200,000 (which is 45 percent of our respondents) and gross more than $200,000. Obviously the higher revenue companies will spend more, but in some cases it was a very large amount (fertilizers). Yet, the smaller companies did outspend in a couple categories (consultants – they are working to get above that $200,000 line).
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2015 State of the Industry: Current Green Industry Trends
Greenhouse Grower
There are so many factors contributing to the overall health of an industry that it’s shortsighted to focus solely on one specific element. For the green industry, marketplace trends encompass consumer spending and confidence in general, as well as how and where plants are purchased. At present, local garden centers are holding their own in most markets and even increasing sales for the better stores, if adequate attention to merchandising, customer service and consumer trends is given.
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Opinion: Farm-To-Table Will Change Us
Today's Garden Center
Unlike all the trends our industry has seen come and go, the farm-to-table movement has the power to rewrite our future. A trend is like a wind that disturbs a pond but doesn't reshape it. Take gazing globes, huge 10 years ago. They made our industry a lot of money, but their popularity faded, and we moved on, unchanged. Container gardens had a bigger impact. They were a hit with customers who wanted instant gratification and with retailers who liked selling several products at once. They also reflected a changing customer base, who valued getting the visual impact of gardening without the work.
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Maintaining the Medium
Greenhouse Management
Greenhouse Management recently spoke with Ann R. Chase, a well-known plant pathologist and expert on diseases of ornamental plants throughout the United States. We discussed growing media and how best to prevent soilborne disease.
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Marketing When You're Busy Gets the Phone Ringing When You're Not
By Fred Berns
Too many green industry companies use warmer weather and crowded calendars as reasons to put marketing on hold. Bad idea. As spring approaches, many owners of lawn and landscape firms, garden centers, nurseries and other firms have a lot on their minds other than promoting their services. But busy times are the best times to think about slow ones.
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Irrigation Systems and Practices in Mid-Atlantic Nurseries
American Nurseryman
Nursery and greenhouse producers across the U.S. have become increasingly more aware of the importance of water use efficiency, prompted perhaps by water quality concerns in the East and Midwest and the current Western drought. More sophisticated irrigation equipment and procedures, careful timing of irrigation watering, and irrigation water recycling are some of the approaches taken to improve water use efficiency. Runoff capture and recycling entail both opportunities for greater irrigation water use efficiency as well as greater risk of disease pathogen buildup in recycled irrigation water.
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Capitol Concerns
Nursery Management
We spoke to Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President of Industry Advocacy & Research at AmericanHort about some of the important political developments happening in our nation's capitol and how they may shape the day-to-day business operations at nurseries across the country.
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Gordie Bailey Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro for Charity
Lawn & Garden Retailer
Gordie Bailey, chair of Bailey Nurseries, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is raising money for the KGSA Foundation by hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The money raised by Bailey and 25 other hikers will go toward building a large school and dormitory for underprivileged girls in the poorest slum in Kenya.
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