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7 opportunities greenhouse growers would seize if they could go back in time
If growers had a second chance at the 2014 season, what would they do differently? In Greenhouse Grower’s 2014 Spring Crops Recap Survey, we asked growers what they felt was the biggest opportunity they missed during the 2014 season. Here are seven opportunities they said they would capitalize on if they could turn back time.
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USDA unveils key new programs to help farmers manage risk
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business.
Rare apple found In Michigan
A very rare piece of fruit recently was discovered by an employee at Schweitzer Orchards in Sparta, Michigan. The Rome apple was approximately one-quarter red and three-quarters green and is called a chimera apple.
Nick Schweitzer, manager at Schweitzer Orchards tells WOOD-TV the green portion of the apple is a Rome apple, and the red portion is an early spur Rome apple and is the result of a genetic mutation.
Predator plants: Meet the carnivores in the garden
We're used to thinking of plants as meek and passive, subject to mowing, pruning and casual consumption, the hapless victims of bugs, cows and salad lovers everywhere. But then we get to the carnivorous plants, a horticultural tribe that bites back. In their more than slightly sinister way, these plants have evolved to trap and digest animal prey, challenging conventional definitions of diner and dined upon.
Commentary: Government wants farmers to quit farming
It seems that U.S. companies would follow the unprecedented action of Japan’s equivalent to Wal-Mart if they could figure out how to force farmers to quit farming their land and let the companies grow food crops exactly as they think is “sustainable agriculture.”
Bloomberg news service reported that Japan’s Aeon Co. plans to become Japan’s largest rice grower by leasing 100 hectares of rice production land from farmers in conjunction with a Japanese government plan.
Writing the letter that gets you more referrals
By Jeffrey Dobkin
What's the best way to get more referral business? It's by writing a thank-you letter. Here's how it works: First, you get a referral. I know — I'm as surprised as you are, but sometimes it happens. Someone liked you, and somewhere down the line they passed on some good words to a new customer or prospect who calls you. To encourage them to refer you again and again, send them a "thank you for your referral" letter. Why? First, your thank-you letter elevates you from the silent majority — you know, the people who never bothered to express their appreciation for receiving a referral.
Infographic: 5 tips for closing a sale
As a business owner you've no doubt heard the expression "always be closing," but turning sales prospects into actual customers can be a long back-and-forth process.
For example, the majority of sales are made between the fifth and twelfth contact with a business prospect, according to data cited by productivity app Refresh.
The infographic below shares five crucial steps for closing sales leads that every entrepreneur should keep in mind.
Why content marketing is so valuable for small business owners
Business 2 Community
While not a new concept, content marketing is a fairly new term and there is a reason it is all the rage these days. It is incredibly valuable for small business owners and, with a little creativity, can level the playing field between small businesses and big name brands.
Content marketing can include articles, blog posts, videos, press releases, direct mail pieces, infographics, webinars and many other content-driven tactics.
Adapting for millennial consumers
The affluent segment of Generation Y, those ages 19 to 35, has the largest current and potential spending for luxury items. And being 90 million strong, it’s a market that we all know deserves our attention. They’ll buy plants if growers adapt their products to their lifestyles and make them available where they live.
HubSpot CEO discusses the new approach to online marketing
By Marc Wayshak
In 2006, Brian Halligan co-founded HubSpot, an inbound marketing software company that he touts as the accessible solution for "normal" marketing guys like himself. In addition to serving as HubSpot's CEO since the company's inception, Halligan is a senior lecturer at MIT, the author of two books on marketing strategy and a 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. He sat down to talk about the impetuses for HubSpot and its relevancy to the current online marketing field, as well as to offer some advice for marketers trying to stay afloat in the ever-shifting tides of the digital world.
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