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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 President Richard May to Be Honored With FNGLA's Farm Credit Young Nursery Professional of the Year Award
SNA President Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL, will be presented the Farm Credit Young Nursery Professional of the Year during the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association's Annual Convention set for June 12 and 13 in Coral Gables. This award is presented to an FNGLA member who is under 39 and has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. Congratulations Richard!
SNA 2015 General Session to Feature Charlie on the Economy and Panel Discussion
Economist and professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at the Texas A&M University and holder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture will be the featured keynote speaker at SNA 2015. Hall will present A Preview of Economic and Structural Trends Impacting the Green Industry in 2016 followed by a panel discussion with industry leaders representing the grower, landscape, retail segments.
What a Deal — Take Advantage of Special Discounts at Staples, FedEx and Free SNA Membership!
Meritus Payment Solutions, our payment processing partner, has just announced a new program for SNA members offering a 20 percent discount at Staples, a 20 percent Discount at FedEx and up to 70 percent off FedEx Freight. In addition, when you sign on with Meritus you will receive free equipment and they will pay your membership dues! What a Deal! We are sure that you will find Meritus one of the most competitive payment processors.
SNA 2015 Brochure
The SNA 2015 Brochure has been mailed and hopefully you have received your copy. This promotional piece contains full program information on The SNA Regional Marketplace, The Southern Plant Conference the SNA Research Conference the Educational Sessions (presented by GGIA), registration and hotel information – and more. You can find all of this information on the SNA website at www.sna.org or download the SNA 2015 Brochure.
SNA Research Conference White Papers Submission Deadline June 15
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 that have submitted titles must paper(s) to the appropriate Section Editor by June 15. For more details visit the SNA WEBSITE. Or, CLICK HERE to download the 2015 Research Conference Call for Titles.
Only 1 Week Remaining to Apply for the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship!
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.
$20,000 in Scholarships Available for Horticulture Students Through HRI
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for the 2015-2016 school year. These scholarships are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. Applications must be completed using the HRI online application form. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2015. For complete details visit the HRI website.
Welcome New SNA Members
Richard Olsen, U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C.
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 Silver members. Watch for a listing of Gold and Silver Members in future editions.
SNA Platinum 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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.
2014/2015 IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program Survey
Dr. Charles Gilliam is asking for your help in responding to the IR-4 survey that they are conducting in preparation for the 2015 IR-4 ornamental workshop that will be held in October, they are asking researchers to send this survey out to their grower community so that we can get feedback in time for priority setting.
For a complete list of Alabama Green Industry Training Center Classes go to the AGITC website.
Gramling Inducted into FNGLA Hall of Fame
The Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association will induct Hugh Gramling, former executive director of Tampa Bay Wholesale Growers, into the FNGLA Hall of Fame June 13 at its annual convention in Coral Gables. The FNGLA Hall of Fame is a lifetime-achievement award, one of the most esteemed presented by the association, with nominations from peers across the industry. Nominees are "pioneers in certain procedures, technologies or are influential to make important things happen in the industry," said Linda Adams, chairwoman of the selection committee.
GGIA to Host Educational Seminars at SNA 2015
The Georgia Green Industry Association will offer an expanded lineup of educational sessions at SNA 2015 this year. This year's sessions include: Collections Law Basics, Pearson Beardsley, Beardsley, P.C.; Breeding Landscape Plants with Ecological Function, Dr. John Ruter, Carol Robacker, Dayton Wilde and J.C. Poythress, University of Georgia; Looking for Better or More People?, Tony Bass, Super Lawn Technologies; Invasive Non-Native Plant Control, Bodie Pennisi, University of Georgia and Brian Arnold, SongBird LandCare; Horticulture Resources at Your Fingertips!, Dr. Matthew Chappell, University of Georgia; and, Increasing Profitability Using Sensor-Based Precision, Dr. Paul Thomas, University of Georgia.
Mid South Green Industry Conference Scheduled for June 23 & 24, 2015, MSU Campus, Starkville, MS
The Mid South Green Industry Conference is a joint educational effort of the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Experiment Station, Louisiana Nursery & Landscape Association, Louisiana State University AgCenter, Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association, Arkansas Green Industry Association, and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension. The 2015 Conference will be more product focused and will include annuals, perennials and woodys, with information for both wholesalers and retailers. New Variety Presentations from EuroAmerican Propagators, Proven Winners, Ball, Dummen, Benary and more!
Get Your Show on the Road at the Summer Green Road Show
The 2015 Summer Green Road Show is set for August 12-13 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, N.C.
3 ONLA Members Are Among Greenhouse Grower Magazine's Top 100 Growers of 2015
Greenhouse Grower Magazine has announced its Top 100 Growers of 2015. Among the Top 100 are three ONLA Members. Aris Horticulture takes the 20th spot, Parks Brothers Farm inches up the rankings at 92, up two from 94 in 2014, and Sedan Floral also moves up two to rank at 94. Congratulations to these three ONLA members and all of the greenhouse operations on the list. Growers are thriving and we are excited to hear about it!
SCHI Trade Show & Seminars Set for Jan. 21-23, 2016
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, S.C. For more information, go to www.scnla.com or call 803.743.4284.
It's IR4 Survey Time
Over the years, IR4 has supported works in scales, thrips, whiteflies, spider mites, ambrosia beetles, etc. IR4 also supports the registrations of new products such as Kontos, Mainspring, XXpire, Safari, etc. so please participate. Take the Online Survey or you can also go to the IR4 website and print out a paper survey if you prefer, at http://ir4.rutgers.edu/ornamentals.html. The IR-4 Project’s Ornamental Horticulture Program will have its priority setting meeting this coming October. Before this meeting, IR4 sends out a survey to greenhouses, nurseries, landscapes, interiorscapes, Christmas tree farms and sod farms to ask the green industry what are their most pressing pests (insects, diseases, weeds) and pest management needs. Using the information collected from the participants, IR4 then meet with university researchers, USDA scientists and chemical industry representatives to select a few pest species that IR4 will provide research support. The research support comes in the form grant dollars and test materials. The researchers then collect data on the efficacy, phytotoxicity and compatibility of these new chemicals.
Virginia Tech Horticulture Department to Become New School
Streamlining of academic units has been going on across the county and Virginia Tech will follow the lead. The current horticulture department structure will be dissolved next summer but horticulture will live as an essential component of the new school and not a stand-alone department. The department will join the Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and the Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science departments to form the new school.
White House Issues National Pollinator Strategy
The White House released its Pollinator Plan created by a Pollinator Health Task Force it established in June 2014 in response to the serious decline of pollinator populations in the United States and around the world. According to the Feb. 9 Congressional Research Service report "Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides," "The precise reasons for honey bee loss are unknown." In fact, science suggests multiple factors for the decline in bee health, including parasites, diet and nutrition, lack of genetic diversity, habitat loss, beekeeping practices, weather and disease.
SAF And AmericanHort Ask Government to Take Ralstonia Off 'Select Agent' List
The Society of American Florists and AmericanHort want Ralstonia solanacearum, Race 3, Biovar 2 (R3Bv2) taken off a list of animal and plant diseases that the federal government has determined could be misused as terrorist weapons. SAF and AmericanHort submitted formal comments together on the horticulture industry’s science-backed position on the matter.
National Retail Federation Addresses Concerns About EMV Chips
Today's Garden Center
In a story and video recently posted on the National Retail Federation's website, NRF senior vice president and general counsel Mallory Duncan talks about the new credit cards with EMV chips that banks continue to roll out, and how they are used. One key point: Duncan says these cards are not necessarily as safe as they should be, and there is still work to be done when it comes to ensuring security during credit card transactions.
Adding a Touch Of 'Class' to Garden Center Marketing
By Fred Berns
School is in session at garden centers across the nation. More independent centers are offering more classes on more topics than ever before. It's a way to educate their customers, to be sure, but it's also a way to stand out and get noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Whatever it takes to get customers into their classes and into their garden centers is time and money well spent, according to an increasing number of owners and managers.
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A Case for Instagram
A picture is worth a thousand words, so they say. In our business, we'd like it if our pictures were worth a thousand sales! If you're not capitalizing on the visual power of your product, you could very well be losing out on those thousands of sales. Yet, our industry as a whole has been slow to warm to social media in general. Most of you probably question the value of using a platform such as Instagram at all. So let's first make a case for it.
House Passes Bill to Stop EPA Water Rule
The House voted to overturn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's rule aimed at redefining which streams, ponds, wetlands and other waterways are under its jurisdiction. Passage of the legislation fell largely along party lines by a vote of 261-155. However, 24 Democrats voted for the legislation, H.R. 1732, also known as the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act.
Grower Benefits of Green Branding
Greenhouse Product News
Demand for eco-friendly brands continues to increase in horticulture and beyond, and growers have responded by placing increased focus on local and organic programs. But what makes a retail plant “green” is more than the color of its leaves — the soil, fertilizer, container and other inputs all contribute to the consumer’s perception of sustainability. And when the container comprises up to 10 percent of a grower's total cost, choosing an often pricier sustainable container can be a challenge.
Let Results Do the Marketing
Lawn & Landscape
One of the questions my team at Marty Grunder! gets asked the most is, "What is your best way to market your landscaping company?” The answer is really easy. The best way to market your landscaping company is to do great, high-quality work. Yep, it's that simple. Trouble is, many of us don't understand that.
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