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 ASSOCIATION NEWS


Southern Plant Conference Speakers Announced
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the lineup of speakers for the 14th Southern Plant Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2015, during SNA 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in Atlanta. 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. This year's cast includes:

Brie Arthur – Growing a Greener World, Fuquay-Barina, NC
Dr. Andrew Bell — Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
Talon Buchholz – Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, OR
Dr. Michael Dirr — Plant Introductions, Watkinsville, GA
Brent Heath — Brent & Becky's Blubs, Gloucester, VA
Joseph Hillenmeyer — Joseph Hillenmeyer Garden Design, Lexington, KY
Ozzie Johnson — ItSaul Plants, Alpharetta, GA
Roy Klehm – Klehm’s Song Sparrow Farm & Nursery, Avalon, WI
Gary Ladman — Classic Viburnums, Upland, NE
Matt & Tim Nichols — Nichols Nursery, East Flat Rock, NC
David Parks — Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill, NC
Karen Perkins — Garden Vision Epimediums, Templeton, MA
Ron Rabideau – Rare Find Nursery, Jackson, NJ
Alan Shapiro — Grandiflora Nursery, Gainesville, FL
Dr. John Ruter & Tom Cox — University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Titles and descriptions as well as registration information coming soon.

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SNA 2015 Post Card
SNA
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.
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2015 SNA Pinnacle Award and SNA Environmental Leadership Award Nomination Deadline May 1
SNA
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, 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. Deadline for submission is May 1.
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Call for Titles
SNA
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. 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.
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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 at the SNA Research Conference Luncheon during SNA 2015. For complete details and to download an application package CLICK HERE.
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Welcome New SNA Members
SNA
John Weather, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Columbia, SC
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A Special Thank You to Our Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
SNA
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 Gold Members
Joe Napoli, Athens Wholesale Nursery, Athens, GA
Joseph Kinney, Kinney Nursery, Semmes, AL
Bill Turk, Martin's Nursery, Semmes, AL
Francis Wetherbee, NutTree Pecan Nursery, Albany, GA
Jeff Howell, Rocky Creek Nurseries, Lucedale, MS

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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.

Latest Listing ... March 30, 2015
Avant Gardener Landscape
Our high end, cutting edge, Atlanta-based garden and landscape design company is seeking an exterior flower maintenance team member. Interior plant knowledge and experience a plus. For job description, requirements and contact info CLICK HERE.

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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


Nursery, Greenhouse and Landscape Survey Results
Alabama-ALNLA
This past fall, we conducted 2 surveys to get an average of percent net sales greenhouse growers, nurseries, and landscape firms spend in different categories. We asked 31 questions in the nursery and greenhouse grower survey, and 25 questions in the landscape firm survey. For the nursery and greenhouse survey, we had an average of 5 responses to each question. To view specific results to each question in the survey, click here. For the landscape firm survey, we had an average of 3 responses to each question. To view specific results to each question in the survey, click here. Thank you to those that participated. We appreciate your responses.
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Georgia General Assembly Closes Shop for 2015
Georgia-GGIA
Legislators just wrapped up their session in Atlanta with the normal last minute push to expedite bills for approval. By law, The Georgia General Assembly is required to do one thing, and one thing only, which is to produce a balanced budget for the state. And that they did including critical funds for the Dirr Professorship at UGA. The position, currently filled by Dr. Donglin Zhang is now permanently funded which means the UGA College of Agriculture will not have to hold back funds that may have been designated for another position. Good news for the College and Ag in general. UGA also received funding for six new extension agents in under-served areas, specialist positions including Agronomy and Cotton, three extension agents specializing in Forestry as well as bond issues for renovations to buildings in Tifton. The Department of Agriculture received funding for several positions, bonds to purchase vehicles and improvements to the State Farmer's Market. Common sense prevailed in bills allowing for maintenance of landscape and/or hardscape features within marshland buffers and in the failure of bills that sought to prevent immigrants with a deferred deportation status from obtaining a driver's license. The "trailer chain" legislation also passed houses and awaits approval from the Governor. This bill aims to insure that trailers are safely attached to the vehicle pulling them.
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George Martin 'Johnny' Johnson, Jr., Hixon Brothers, Alexandria, LA Passes Away
Louisiana-LNLA
George Martin “Johnny” Johnson, Jr., age 88, passed from his earthly life on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Born November 26, 1926 in Forest Hill, he was the tenth of thirteen children of George Martin Johnson, Sr. and Gertrude Dunn Johnson. Beginning his career as a nurseryman in 1949, he pioneered the business of nursery growers in the Forest Hill area. He first worked with his father-in-law, Murphy Poole, at Poole Brothers Nursery in Lecompte and later founded George Johnson Nursery (1970-2012). He was a charter member of the Louisiana Association of Nurserymen and served as Board Member, Vice President, and in 1956 became President.
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SCHI Trade Show and Seminars Set for Jan. 21-23, 2016
South Carolina-SCNLA
The South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association has announced the SCHI Trade Show & Seminars, normally held in February, will be held January 21-23, 2016. The event is held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information, go to www.scnla.com or call 803.743.4284.
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Learn How to Reach Customers More Effectively By Participating In This Survey for SCNLA Members
South Carolina-SCNLA
Ever wonder if all the time you spend on newsletters or your Facebook page is worth your time? Here's an opportunity for you to get some answers about online marketing efforts by participating in a research project with investigators at Kansas State University. Questions in the survey will focus on marketing practices, their effectiveness, and their economic impact. Results of the survey (available to participants who submit their email address) will benefit nurseries and garden centers across the country by learning how to reach customers more effectively. We invite you to participate in the survey. In addition to helping our industry, there are personal incentives (two chances to win a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate)! Click on the following link to get started: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_a5V6agkkvuTjz3T&source=NNES. Or copy and paste the URL above into your internet browser. Thanks for your help with the multi-state project.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS


The Supreme Court's Obamacare Decision Could Do the Most Damage in the South
The Washington Post
If the Supreme Court rules this summer that federal-run Obamacare exchanges can't provide health insurance subsidies, the results could be chaotic for those receiving the financial aid across the country — especially in the South. About 11.7 million people have signed up for 2015 exchange plans, including 8.8 million who selected coverage in states with federal-run exchanges. The vast majority of those people are receiving subsidies, which on average cuts monthly premiums by 72 percent. The size of the typical discount, though, varies by state. Just how far the average subsidy goes depends on where you live. And it turns out that subsidies are the most valuable in the South.
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Horticultural Research Institute Funds Key Pollinator Research Projects
AmericanHort
The Horticultural Research Institute is pleased to announce it will grant $125,000 in financial support for four key projects as part of the Horticultural Industry Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.
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In Green Industry Social Networking, Blogging Is Best
By Fred Berns
Futz with Facebook and toy with Twitter all you want, but you're better off blogging. As a green industry professional, you don't have unlimited time to spend on social media marketing. The best use of that time, by far, is on blogging. Blogs are, and always have been, the focal point of most successful social media campaigns for lawn and landscape firms, garden centers, nurseries and related companies. Why? Because a blog can establish your expertise, enhance your online presence, and get you clients. Lots of clients.
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$58 Million In APHIS Farm Bill Funding Will Support Horticulture Priorities
Greenhouse Grower
Nearly $58 million has been allocated by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to support the industry’s Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, under Farm Bill Section 10007. The program will support mitigation efforts for specialty crops, including providing research and other funding to address plant pest and disease priorities for the specialty crop industry, including floriculture and nursery crops.
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Using Old Pesticides May Be Perilous to Your Plants
Nursery Management
Now that the commercial production season is well underway, growers may be dusting off old pesticide containers to use these chemistries to control pests. Before you do so, make sure you aren't posing problems for your plants and your pocket book.
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4 Ways To Reduce The Impact Of Pesticides On Pollinators
Today's Garden Center
Most pesticides, including insecticides, miticides and fungicides, may be directly toxic to pollinators if not used properly. According to Raymond Cloyd, professor and Extension specialist in Horticultural Entomology and Plant Protection at Kansas State University, this is mainly because pollinators are more sensitive than pests because they do not have the mechanisms to detoxify insecticides and miticides like insect and mite pests can.
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HRI Offering Horticulture Scholarships
Greenhouse Product News
The Horticulture Research Institute (HRI) is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year.
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It's the Berries
American Nurseryman
If you're thinking of jumping on the edibles bandwagon, try adding a little color to your program with a variety of berry plants. Strawberries can be grown in the greenhouse, and brambles or shrubs can be grown in containers or in the field. Whether you go with any of several named varieties or simply produce generic but highly nutritious, in-demand berry plants, this group of edibles has staying power.
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Light Years Ahead
Greenhouse Management
It's a known fact. A plant depends on sunlight for photosynthesis and proper growth. Greenhouse growers, however, have gotten around the need for constant sun by installing high pressure sodium and fluorescent bulbs in their operations. In some regions, supplemental light is no longer an option, but a necessity in today’s market to maximize daily light integral (the amount light received in a specific area in a day’s period) on shorter days.
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Behind the Scenes at Bartlett
Lawn & Landscape
Bartlett Tree Experts had its best year ever last year and expects this year to be even better. With 282 arborist representatives, the company really ramped up its commercial program last year and now has 21 programs. We visited the company's laboratories to find out what employees are researching right now.
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