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 ASSOCIATION NEWS


SNA 2015 Registration Opens Today
SNA
Registration for SNA 2015 opens today. All SNA 2015 Attendees that register by July 17 will automatically be entered in a drawing to win an iPad! Register before July 17 and save on the cost of registration and get a chance to be a winner! To register now, click here. Or for program information, hotel information and more, visit the SNA website.
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SNA 2015 Educational Sessions Announced
SNA
The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the lineup of speakers for SNA 2015 Educational Sessions. These sessions, presented by the Georgia Green Industry Association, will be held on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23, during SNA 2015, at Atlanta's Georgia International Convention Center (GICC). This year's sessions, featuring top industry experts, will cover topics on hiring, collections, breeding, plant control, wireless water sensors, free resources and more.
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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 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. Each year, the cast of speakers for this extraordinary conference continues to top the previous year – and this year is no exception!
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SNA 2015 Brochure
SNA
The SNA 2015 Brochure is going to press and will be mailed soon. This promotional piece will contain full program information on The SNA Regional Marketplace, The Southern Plant Conference, the SNA Research Conference, the Educational Sessions, registration and hotel information — and more. But in the meantime you can find all of this information on the SNA website at WWW.SNA.ORG.
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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, 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. 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
Michael Harps, Harps Farm Market & Nursery, Inc., Fayetteville, GA
Nolan Burnett, Native Forest Nursery, Chatsworth, GA

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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 Silver members. Watch for a listing of Platinum and Gold Members in future editions.

SNA Silver Members
Buzz Barton, Barton’s Nursery & Landscape, Tuscaloosa, AL
Daniel Batson, GreenForest Nursery, Inc., Perkinston, MS
Louis Hillenmeyer, Louie's Flower Power Shop / LEH Enterprises, Inc., Lexington, KY
Richard May, May Nursery, Inc., Havana, FL
Jay Meadows, Meadows Farms, Inc., Chantilly, VA
Bob Moore, Moore & Davis Nursery, LLC, Shorter, AL
Jim Deal, Pender Nursery, Inc., Garner, NC
Kip McConnell, Plant Development Services, Inc., Loxley, AL
Dusty Knight, Plantation Tree Company, Selma, AL
Eelco Tinga, Tinga Nursery, Inc., Castle Hayne, NC
Robert Watkins, Watkins Nurseries, Inc., Midlothian, VA

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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


Trends in Horticulture: Plants, People & the Environment Set for April 28 in Birmingham
Alabama-ALNLA
Please join us on April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for presentations on trends in horticulture and how they relate to plants, people, and the environment. Auburn University's Department of Horticulture faculty will be leading this class. Cost is $45 and includes lunch. Contact Jim Nabors or Bethany O-Rear at the Alabama Green Industry Training Center, Inc.& Alabama Extension, 205-981-2326 or 205-879-6964, agitc@aces.edu or bethany@aces.edu.
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Adelle Wright, 87, Mother of David Wright Passes Away
Alabama-ALNLA
Adelle Atchison Wright, 87, of Plantersville died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. She was born in 1927 in Chilton Co., AL. Daughter of the late Homer B. Atchison and the late Mary Smith Atchison, she was a Horticulturalist.
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2nd Annual GGIA Spring Into Color 5K Dash Was a Premier Event With More Than 600 Runners
Georgia-GGIA
The 2nd Annual GGIA Spring Into Color 5k Dash was a blast! The fact that people will pay money to have pounds and pounds of colored corn starch thrown at them while running just over three miles early on a Saturday morning proves the adage of different strokes for different folks. But, smiles were the order of the day as over 600 runners gathered in Suwanee to do just that.
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Chainsaw Safety, Cutting & Technical Felling Class, May 27, Jonesboro, Georgia
Georgia-UGA Extension
If you use a chainsaw everyday, this is the perfect class for you! Replace bad habits with safe practices. This program will cover proper chainsaw and tree felling safety as approved by OSHA. ISA credits available. Cost is $12.50 and includes lunch.

For a list of UGA Extension events, visit http://extension.uga.edu.

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Bill Stoffregen, Founder of Homewood Nursery, Raleigh, NC, Passed Away on April 15
North Carolina
Clifton William "Bill" Stoffregen, Jr., 79, founder of Homewood Nursery in Raleigh, North Carolina, died at his Raleigh home on April 15. Bill founded Homewood in 1967. At the time it was primarily a wholesale operation. Through the years, he helped lead the business into a destination retail shopping experience. Today Homewood is run by Bill's son Joe.
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Join Us on May 11 for Brews, Burgers & Branches
Oklahoma-ONLA
ONLA is beginning a once-a-month gathering focused on ONLA members. We will choose one Monday of each month and travel the state showing off our members at a casual function. First up is Deep Fork Tree Farm in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Join us on Monday, May 11, 4 p.m. — Dark for Brews, Burgers & Branches. Who will be next? It could be you! Contact Becky Sellers at (405) 945-6737 to get your business on the 2015 calendar!
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SCHI Trade Show & 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 Jan. 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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 INDUSTRY NEWS


Plan for Drought With Water-Wise Plants
Greenhouse Management
Competition for water is heating up these days. Combine the boom in urban populations, expanded agriculture and industrial growth with extended drought and we're left with demand that is outpacing supply. While southern and western parts of the U.S. have borne the brunt of water shortages in recent years, it won't be long before water policy will have to change nationwide.
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12 Eye-Catching Landscape Shrubs For 2015
Today's Garden Center
From heat-tolerant varieties to eye-popping foliage, the nation's top shrub breeders offer some of the new selections they are most excited about this spring.
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H-2B Receives Extension
Lawn & Landscape
As of April 15, the Department of Labor will be allowed to process temporary labor certifications under the H-2B applications through May 15. The federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated DOL's 2008 H-2B regulations March 4 on the grounds that the DOL lacks authority to issue regulations in the H-2B program. DOL and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are working to publish regulations to minimize future interruptions to the H-2B program, according to DHS.
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The Road to Immigration Reform
American Nurseryman
For far too long, immigration reform has been bandied about in the halls of Congress, the pros and cons of the issue bouncing back and forth like a ping-pong ball. Hints of progress have been offered, but a truly workable system has yet to be achieved. We asked Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort's Senior Vice President for Industry Advocacy and Research, for his take on the status of immigration reform.
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Nurseries Given Tips to Prevent Spread of Citrus Psyllid
Nursery Management
To help control the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid in nursery stock, a California agency has implemented an educational campaign to encourage best practices and education. In collaboration with the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) has developed materials designed to encourage nurseries to use best practices when working with citrus nursery stock to avoid spreading the Asian citrus psyllid.
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Reducing Your Greenhouse's Carbon Footprint
Greenhouse Product News
For years, the horticulture industry has been at the forefront of the sustainability discussion. Greenhouses and nurseries were using recycled materials and initiating waste-reduction plans long before other industries recognized the need for environmental stewardship. Today, growers remain under pressure from retail garden centers, big box stores and their competitors to reduce harmful carbon emissions, conserve resources, and save money by implementing sustainable programs and systems.
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Syngenta's Getting Crafty With Containers
Greenhouse Grower
Containers seem to be the name of the game for Syngenta, perhaps because the company knows that the consumer garden of today and of the future is on the deck. From Kwik Kombos to veggies, Syngenta's California Spring Trials display provided a variety of options and information that growers and retailers can use to drive consumer success.
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