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For as little as $125 annually, you can become a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious horticultural associations in North America. As a regional association, SNA works to advance the horticulture industry in the southeast by supporting and enhancing promotional, educational and research opportunities; gathering, analyzing and disseminating information and by providing an online marketplace to promote the exchange and sale of nursery stock and other allied products to our members – and the industry.
SNA 2015 Post Card Is in the Mail
The SNA 2015 Post Card has been mailed, so be on the lookout for this promotional piece with dates and other preliminary details — and be sure to mark your calendar for July 21-23. Program information, pre-registration and hotel information will be available soon.
2015 SNA Award Nominations Open — Help Us Determine Our 2015 SNA Pinnacle Award and SNA Environmental Leadership Award Winners
As an SNA Member we ask that you help us determine the business or individuals that are most deserving of two of our prestigious awards that will be presented at the 117th Annual SNA Business Breakfast scheduled for Thursday, July 23, 2015, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA, during SNA 2015. It's simple to make a nomination. CLICK HERE to go to the SNA website award information page for award criteria and forms to fill it out and return to the SNA office. Or, to make it even more simple, just give us a call and we will do the work for you. We value your input and hope you will take the time to nominate someone that has contributed to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the SNA, or someone that has demonstrated exceptional leadership to preserve and protect the environment.
Call for Titles
The 60th Annual SNA Research Conference, hosted by the Southern Nursery Association, will be held July 21-22, 2015, in conjunction with SNA 2015, at the Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta, GA. This two-day event will feature the best in horticultural research. All industry researchers are invited to participate in this conference by submitting your title(s) by May 1, 2015, and your paper(s) by June 15. For more details visit the SNA website. Or, CLICK HERE to download the 2015 Research Conference Call for Titles.
Attention Researchers: Student Competition Section Editor Needed (TX)
We are in need of a Student Competition Editor for the upcoming SNA Research Conference. Based on the state rotation, we would like someone from Texas to serve. It only requires about 15 hours of time. Section Editor will recruit judges (we can help with that), distribute papers for scoring, and coordinate the judges' scoring of presentation at the conference. It’s really not much work, but looks great on a tenure dossier. If you are interested in serving in this position please contact the SNA office at 678.809.9992 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Plant Conference Scheduled for July 21
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.
Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application Available
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.
Gene Dyke Passes Away at 60
Gene Mathews Dyke, age 60, passed away on March 13, 2015. Gene was a resident of Dacula, GA, and previously lived in Cairo, GA, where he was involved with Wight Nurseries and Monrovia. He was most recently employed with Gulf Atlantic Sales and Associates, LLC. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Apalachee Farms Clubhouse, Dacula, GA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Speaks (www.autismspeaks.org) in honor of Samuel Dyke, Gene's grandson.
Welcome New SNA Members
Jason Holmes, Heartland Caladium Sales, Lake Placid, FL — Fourth generation caladium farmers with the knowledge to assure that you will receive a high quality product.
Tommy King, King's Sunset Nursery, Liberty, SC — Grower of large variety of trees and shrubs for that perfect landscape. Do have containers and B&B available of quality plant material.
A Special Thank You to Our Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
Platinum, Gold and Silver Members elect to pay an additional amount over the standard dues of $125 annually to support the efforts of the association. We would like to thank these members for their generous contributions and additional support to help us advance the horticulture industry in the Southeast! In this edition of the SNA eNews we will feature our Platinum members. Watch for a listing of Gold and Silver Members in future editions.
SNA Platinum Members
Bennett's Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA
Fisher’s Landscaping, Hattiesburg, MS
Hackney Nursery Company, Greensboro, FL
R.A. Dudley Nurseries, Thomas, GA
Connect With SNA Members
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 email@example.com, or give us a call at 678.809.9992. We're here to help! We invite you to join SNA today!
SNA Career Network
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SNA Industry Event Calendar
For a quick view of upcoming events hosted by SNA and other State and National Associations see the SNA Industry Events Calendar.
Job Announcement: ANLA Executive Director Position Open
The Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association (ALNLA) is seeking an individual to fill the role of Executive Director who is passionate about, and dedicated to, the green industry in Alabama. A true champion for the industry, who can represent the many facets of our membership, is needed to lead ALNLA into the next generation.
Workforce Development Opportunity for Urban Ag Industry Employers — World of Landscape at CEFGA Career Expo March 26-27
Georgia-Georgia Urban Ag Council
Where will you find your future employees? Partnering with PLANET AEF, here's a unique opportunity to reach over 7000 middle and high school students and their teachers at the CEFGACareer Expo.The "World of Landscape" is a 40' x 40' interactive career exploration area focused on the Green/Urban Ag Industry. This is NOT a science fair — these are students who are looking for career paths! This is the first time that our industry has participated in this outstanding event, and your valuable participation is needed!
Register Now for the Southeastern Turfgrass Conference — April 28 on the UGA-Tifton Campus
The 69th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference is planned for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. See the latest research on warm-season turf grasses and learn about the newest developments in turf and ornamental cultivars and their management.
Unwanted Pesticides Collection on April 11
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture will be collecting Unwanted Pesticides on April 11 in Lexington County, CrossRoads Middle School, 6949 St. Andrews Road, Columbia SC 29212 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) is partnering with the County of Lexington Solid Waste Management Department to accept unwanted or unused pesticides from farmers and homeowners from across the state at no charge. The County of Lexington is holding its Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event at CrossRoads Middle School. Although most of the recycling event is only open to residents of Lexington and Richland Counties, waste pesticides will be accepted from residents of any SC county. For more information regarding pesticide collection, contact SCDA’s John Stokes at 803-737-9696. For more information on County of Lexington HHW Collection event, contact County of Lexington Solid Waste Management Department at 803-785-3340.
In addition, York County Extension Agent Paul Thompson will be teaching a SCNLA Certified Nursery Professional Plant Identification class at Bartlett Tree Lab on Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. April 8 through June 24. Contact Paul for more information PTHMPSN@clemson.edu or 803 684-9919 ext 112.
EPA Registers New Pesticide
Lawn & Landscape
EPA has approved a previously registered pesticide for use against a parasite that harms bees, a move the agency calls critical to protecting bees and consistent with President Obama's memo on improving pollinator health, though a beekeeper group says targeting parasites is insufficient and limits on bee-toxic pesticides are also needed. On March 10, EPA registered oxalic acid to target varroa mites, which EPA calls "a serious and devastating pest of honeybee colonies," according to the registration document.
3 Ways to Improve Annuals Displays and Sales
Today's Garden Center
One of the reasons members of Revolutionary are indeed revolutionary is that they are constantly looking to innovate. Here's a look at how three retailers are improving annuals displays and sales, including partnering with the local community.
APHIS announces Farm Bill spending plan
On March 18, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the spending plan for this year's Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program – Farm Bill Section 10007. USDA Secretary Vilsack announced the program will provide nearly $58 million to support mitigation efforts for specialty crops, a 20 percent increase over last year, due to the expanded support for our industry’s crops in the new Farm Bill.
4 Key Pollinator Research Projects to Be Funded By Horticultural Research Institute
The Horticultural Research Institute will grant $125,000 in financial support for four key projects as part of the industry’s Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative. The funding covers a variety of projects, some short-term and some long-term, and will help move the industry along in a positive direction to provide science-based information about pollinators and their interaction with ornamental crops, says the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) Senior Director of Government Relations Lin Schmale.
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Redesigned Survey Reveals Latest Residential Landscape Design Trends
Sustainable and low-maintenance design are the top trends for residential landscape projects, according to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Landscape architects were asked to rate the expected popularity of a variety of residential outdoor design elements in 2015.
Prevent and Protect
We always have the right intentions when we purchase specialized equipment: to better assist us in our everyday routines and greenhouse practices. Whether it is pH and salt meters, environment control equipment, new fertilizer injectors or equipment for disease and insect management, these tools need to be understood and validated if we are to optimize their handling and get the most bang for the buck. Trade magazines, trade shows, conferences and extension personnel can provide us with valuable information encompassing all facets of the greenhouse industry. However, as growers, it is our responsibility to understand and maintain the equipment we use for our operation.
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