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Live on the SNA Stage at SNA 2014
SNA
Featuring The Future of Retailing, Projected Housing Growth for Metro Atlanta, Retailers' Choice Awards™, Increase Production Without Increasing Your Staff

Discover new plants and new products, get a glimpse of where our economy is headed, and gain insight on how to position your business for better success ... live on the SNA Stage at SNA 2014! The SNA Stage, located on the show floor, will feature presentations each show day by leading industry experts. See the most innovative new products, get a better perspective on the state of the economy and gain new insight on factors impacting your business. Free for all SNA 2014 attendees.



WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Kurt Fromhurz
Owner Sunrise Marketing
& Developer of epunched
The Future of Retailing

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
David Ellis, EVP
Greater Atlanta Home
Builders Association
Projected Housing
Growth for Metro Atlanta
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
3:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Retailers' Choice Awards
Presented by Sid Raisch,
The Garden Center Group





THURSDAY, JULY 24
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Brad Kaiser, SE Territory Mgr.
Harvest Automation
Increase Production Without
Increasing Your Staff
THURSDAY, JULY 24
1:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Michael Geary, President & CEO
AmericanHort
The Latest from Capitol Hill


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The 13th Southern Plant Conference Speaker Schedule Released
SNA
The 13th SOUTHERN PLANT CONFERENCE, sponsored by HIP Labels and Plant Development Services, will feature a stellar cast of speakers ... and now you can download the Speaker Schedule to make certain you don’t miss a moment as the brightest minds in horticulture come together to share their knowledge and insight on the best new plants for growers, landscapers and retailers. This is a RARE opportunity you won't want to miss! Eight hours of action-packed, eye-opening drama in a room filled with 15 of the industry's top plant experts sharing their vast knowledge and latest discoveries of the hottest new plants. Hold on to your hats for this extraordinary experience as world renown plantsman Don Shadow orchestrates this unique symphony. There's nothing quite like it!
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SNA 2014 Hotel Reservation Deadline July 1
SNA
Special room blocks are available for SNA 2014 at several great nearby hotels. We've negotiated great rates and special offers for you, so why stay anywhere else? Take advantage of these special deals at Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hyatt properties including parking, Internet, food and beverage discounts and bonus rewards points. Cutoff for all hotels is July 1. Hotel reservations will be managed by ONPEAK — our Official Housing Partner. Make your SNA 2014 hotel reservations now.
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Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 for a Chance to Win an iPad Mini!
SNA

Register for SNA 2014 by July 18 and your name will be entered into a drawing to Win an iPad mini! In addition, two lucky winners will have a chance to Win an iPad in an on-site drawing. And, as an added bonus, parking is FREE for all attendees! Simply mention SNA 2014 to the parking attendant. Register Now.

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Welcome New Members
SNA
Eddie Burnette, Anderson Mulch & Soil, Tompkinsville, KY
Mike Walsh, Rennerwood, Tennessee Colony, TX

Search the SNA Online Membership Directory.

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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 Listings

Southern Growers Wholesale Greenhouse and Nursery
Assistant Greenhouse Manager/ Assistant Head Grower
Southern Growers Wholesale Greenhouse and Nursery in Montgomery, AL, is seeking to hire an Assistant Greenhouse Manager/ Assistant Head Grower to grow seasonal color, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and holiday crops. Please email resume to Bill Cook at bcook@southerngrowers.com. Tel 334-799-7493.

John Deere Landscapes is the nation's largest distributor of nursery, irrigation, outdoor lighting, landscape supplies, fertilizers, turf protection products, grass seed, turf care equipment and golf course accessories. Our mission is to be the distributor of choice for green industry professionals. We currently employ more than 2,000 employees in over 400 locations throughout North America.

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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



Efficacious Termite Inspection
Alabama - Alabama Green Industry Training Center
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., AGITC, North Shelby Library.

Need to know about the Who, What, When, Where and How on Termite Inspection? Dr. Xing Ping Hu, Professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture at Auburn University, will be covering the following topics: Why is a termite inspection important; What is a termite inspection; How to conduct a termite inspection; and Learn about the arts and technologies to improve termite inspections.

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FNGLA Landscape Awards
Florida - FNGLA
2014 Award–winning landscape projects will be showcased on the main stage at The Landscape Show in Orlando. All entries will be judged by a panel of distinguished industry jurists and award winners will be honored at the show and four higher-level "special recognition" awards will be revealed. Submit your very best landscape projects as this is a grand opportunity for FNGLA to help promote and position your landscape firm as one the "best of the best" our professional industry has to offer! Projects must be submitted by June 27. The cost to submit a project for the program is $145 for FNGLA members and $200 for non-FNGLA members. The FNGLA Landscape Awards Program was established in 1970 to recognize landscape excellence in Florida. Forth-four years later, FNGLA is still celebrating "the best of the best!"
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GGIA Annual Round Up Announced
Georiga - GGIA
The Annual GGIA Round Up will take place on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in Athens, GA, at the beautiful Flinchum's Phoenix, just outside of town at the intersection of Milledge Ave and Whitehall Rd. This annual fund raising event was created for two purposes. First and foremost, it is a fundraising event which benefits the Partnership in Sustainability Program (PISP). Second, it allows us to thank the companies and individuals who support GGIA through their generous donations. As an added bonus, The Round-Up offers us the chance to visit in a relaxed atmosphere, have fun, and network with those who support the work of GGIA.
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Time for MNLA/KNLA Border Tour and Summers Conference
Missouri - MNLA
Register now for the annual MLNA Summer Conference. This year we join with our friends, Kansas Nursery & Landscape Association. Wednesday July 9 and Thursday July 10. Keynote speakers on timely topics that impact your business, networking opportunities, social fun, food and tours create a great learning event that will not be dull. Featured speakers are Dr. Charlie Hall, Dr. Raymond Cloyd, and Dr. Cheryl Boyer.
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MNLA Member Larry Ritter Passes Away
Missouri -MNLA
We are saddened by the sudden passing of MLNA member, Larry Ritter of Ritter Greenhouses in Bridgeton, MO. Mr. Ritter passed away on Monday evening June 9 after a brief hospital stay. Our deepest sympathy to Christine, Scott and the Ritter Greenhouse Team.
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2014 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show
Oklahoma - ONLA

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TNLA to Host a Field Day
Tennessee - TNLA
TNLA will be hosting a Field Day at the University of Tennessee Gardens, Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 9:00a.m. to 2:45p.m. There will be exhibitors of mulch, irrigation equipment, turf and landscape supplies, tractors, and plants. There will be educational sessions with an opportunity for you to earn 5 pesticide recertification credits in categories C3, C10 and C12. You will need to attend all of the sessons to receive the credits. DOWNLOAD PROGRAM.
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 INDUSTRY NEWS



A campaign to cultivate gardeners
American Nurseryman
Last September, American Nurseryman featured an article on the Plant Something campaign, which was developed by the Arizona Nursery Association. For the June issue, the focus is on how some of the partners are using this new campaign to promote planting and, in turn, local nurseries and landscapers.
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Learn important updates to the American Standard for Nursery Stock
Nursery Management
The 2014 edition of the American Standard for Nursery Stock has just been completed. The updated version will be published later this year by AmericanHort. The purpose of the Standard is to provide buyers and sellers of nursery stock with a common terminology in order to facilitate transactions involving nursery stock.
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Point and shoot your way to profit
Lawn & Garden Retailer
A lot of time, energy and money go into choosing the best products for your store and displaying them in the most desirable way possible. One thing you, however, may be missing is captivating photography of these products. With everyone having some sort of online presence (website, Facebook, Instagram), it's more crucial now than ever to amp up your images — photos that can be repurposed for signage, marketing materials or contest entries as well.
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Summer production of specialty cut flowers in high tunnels
Greenhouse Product News
Due to the rise in farmers markets and consumer demand for fresh, high-quality and readily available agricultural products that are locally and sustainably produced, domestic production of specialty cut flowers continues to increase across the country. Those interested in growing specialty cuts are finding the premium prices one can receive for stems and pre-arranged bouquets, especially off season, are quite lucrative. However, the vast selection of genera and cultivars and lack of production information can pose challenges for beginning growers.
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Retailers selling castor seeds and rosary pea seeds should be aware of suspicious customer activity
Today's Garden Center
The FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) started an initiative to raise awareness among retailers of castor seeds and rosary pea seeds of suspicious activity that could represent illicit use of the seeds and its toxins, ricin and abrin. While many physical retail locations, such as retail garden centers, may not sell these products, customers may still inquire about their availability, meaning it's important that all perceived sources of castor seeds and rosary pea seeds be aware of the potential threat of these products and what to do if they encounter something suspicious.
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Contractors use mobile technology to stay ahead
Lawn & Landscape
On any given day, Kurt Bland, president and CEO of Bland Landscaping Company, might use his iPhone to conduct training or troubleshoot job site problems remotely via FaceTime, create a CAD document or upload files to Dropbox, in addition to sending the usual assortment of email and text messages — all while in the field. Increasingly, landscape contractors are discovering the benefits of ditching paper in favor of mobile devices.
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Defying downy mildews
Greenhouse Management
It used to be that powdery mildew was the mildew that held our attention. At home, we saw it on our lilacs and zinnias. Within greenhouses, it was notorious on roses and African violets, and then it cropped up on poinsettias. But the new century belongs to downy mildew.
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4 grower tips for success with biocontrols
Greenhouse Grower
Do you want to use biocontrols more effectively? Try out these four tips from growers who have successfully implemented biocontrol programs in their greenhouses.
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