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Industry Researchers to Meet at SNA 2015 for the 60th Annual SNA Research Conference — July 21-22
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced details of the 60th Annual SNA Research Conference, to be held on Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Atlanta's Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). The conference will be held in conjunction with SNA 2015, which combines the SNA Regional Marketplace with The Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, the SNA Annual Business Meeting, and SNA State Officer's Conference. This two-day conference, sponsored by GreenForest Nursery, Inc., Bennett's Creek Nursery and Lancaster Farms, is held annually and has become worldrenowned for quality research. Participants are the top horticultural research and educational leaders from across the country.
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Southern Plant Conference Scheduled for July 21
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced preliminary plans for the 14th Southern Plant Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2015, during SNA 2015, at Atlanta’s Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). The conference, sponsored by HIP Labels, Inc., and Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI), provides the perfect platform for the grower, landscaper and retailer to come together for a glimpse at exciting new plants coming to market. Don Shadow, SNA past president and internationally recognized plantsman, will moderate the fast-paced and informative conference that will feature an impressive list of authors, botanical garden directors, professors, researchers, and world travelers – all with the goal of expanding knowledge and use of new and improved plants for the landscape. Speaker details and session titles will be released soon.
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Peter Christian van der Giessen and Billie Ruth van der Giessen Pass Away
SNA
It is with regret and sorrow that we announce the deaths of both Peter and Billie Ruth van der Giessen, Van Der Giessen Nursery, Wilmer, AL. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral for Peter and his wife, Billie Ruth Springfield van der Giessen on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. for family and friends. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Mobile Botanical Gardens Aromi Garden.
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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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Proven Winners' $25,000 Scholarship Program
SNA
Proven Winners is looking to the future, and the future of our industry depends on the young people behind us. Proven Winners wants to assist, and recognize, the academic talent that exists across North America by presenting a $25,000 scholarship program that will reach out to students in both 4 year universities as well as community colleges and vocational schools.
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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! We invite you to join SNA today!
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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.
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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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Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association Convention Set In Historic City of Coral Gables
Florida-FNGLA
South Florida history runs deep in Coral Gables where FNGLA's Annual Convention will take place on June 12 and 13, 2015 at the Westin Colonnade. Not only can you enjoy the history of the area during FNGLA's convention, you can also take advantage of the best of modern conveniences, including a free trolley to travel the community. Likewise, FNGLA's Annual Convention is a celebration of the Association's past, present and future! So, make sure you've got the dates June 12 and 13 marked for your future!
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Sherry Morris Steps Down as GGIA Executive Director
Georgia-GGIA
It is with a sincere sense of loss that the GGIA Board announces its acceptance of Sherry Morris's decision to resign as Executive Director of GGIA. After investing and devoting 28 years of her professional life to the association and to the betterment of our industry, Sherry has made the choice to step down from her leadership role with GGIA. We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Addington and Sarah Mickens will remain with the association in their current roles. They are joined by Chris Butts, who has agreed to serve as Interim Director during this time of transition.
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MNLA Changes Name to Reflect Growth
Maryland-MNLA
The Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) announced that it has expanded its reach to become The Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association or MNLGA. The approval for such action was granted by the membership at the MNLA’s annual meeting in January. The change comes as a result of the planned dissolution of the former Maryland Greenhouse Growers Association and the invitation for those members to join the existing and renamed association.
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Oklahoma Ag Day Is Coming to the Oklahoma State Capitol
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Ag Day is coming to the Oklahoma State Capitol on April 1st. Many organizations and groups exhibit during Ag Day. ONLA will have a table in the rotunda and invite each of you to be represented. Please contact Becky Sellars at info@oknla.org or 405-945-6737 if you would be willing to be a part of the display.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Navigating Production Risks in the Nursery
American Nurseryman
Plant production in nurseries is exposed to different risks including financial, economic, human resources, legal and production risks. These risks are not isolated but are interconnected. Nursery producers have navigated challenging conditions during the last recession as demand for their products dropped and remained low for several years. The sale of nursery products is now spurred by the improving housing economy, consumer spending and robust consumer demand to grow edibles.
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Success May Be 'Only' a Word Away for Garden Centers
By Fred Berns
Independent garden centers today face more competition than any other division of the green industry. There are now more than 16,000 garden centers in America, and homeowners planting their spring gardens this year have more buying options than ever before. In addition to their local garden store, they can turn to supermarkets, convenience stores, big-box outlets, nurseries, online retailers and other resources for their plants, bulbs and other gardening needs. So what's it take to stand out?
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Oregon Bans Neonic Use on Linden Trees
Nursery Management
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has banned the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on the Tilia genus of trees. The rule prohibits the application of the four neonicotinoid insecticides, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin, regardless of application method, on all trees in the Tilia genus, which includes linden and basswood trees. The ODA signed the final rule, OAR 603-057-0388, on Feb. 27.
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Do Your Employees Think Like Owners?
Greenhouse Management
We all know today's companies need to be more nimble, more innovative and more entrepreneurial. This shift begins with employees. By now, so much ink has been spilled on the need for employee engagement and empowerment that our eyes glaze over when (yet another) expert starts in on it. What we don't know is how to effect the cultural change that needs to happen — especially when the organization we lead is already set in its lumbering, bureaucratic ways.
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Your 'Year of' Easy Ideas
Lawn & Garden Retailer
With spring already here, you may be looking for some easy, last-minute merchandising, display or seminar ideas to help sell more product in the coming weeks. Luckily, there are several "Year of the" programs that you can take advantage of. You can use the information provided by the respective sponsoring organizations for a quick injection of interesting sales ideas.
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Growing in the Garden State ... and Beyond
Greenhouse Product News
Satisfying the needs of today’s consumer is a challenge all growers face. But that is actually the foundation Garden State Growers in Pittstown, New Jersey, has built its business on over the past nearly 40 years. By keeping up with the latest trends in fashion, design and home furnishings, the company grows “Better Plants to Grow a Better Garden.”
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Help Your Customers Turn Combo Gardens Into Floating Gardens
Today's Garden Center
Sakata Seed America has put together a step-by-step plan for turning combo gardens into floating gardens. Here are some tips to help you and your customers create a special floating garden for their home landscape. All you need is a pool, pond or small lake and the proper supplies.
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H-2B Program Shut Down
Lawn & Landscape
Two federal agencies that help administer one of the largest sources of seasonal workers in the United States have stopped processing applications, essentially shutting the program down. The U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services both are involved in processing thousands of annual applications to the H-2B program, which grants temporary visas to seasonal workers in non-agricultural industries. One of the key areas of regulation – and contention – during the past few years is the wage rates for seasonal workers.
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Help Us Find Out How Crop Protection Has Changed Among The Largest Greenhouse Operations
Greenhouse Grower
This year, Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers report will look at how crop protection has changed for the largest operations over the last 10 years. Is your environmentally controlled greenhouse production area 500,000 square feet or larger? If so, we want to hear from you. Please take our Top 100 Growers survey to help us get an accurate picture of our industry from the perspective of our largest operations.
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