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Better Federal Insurance for Your Crops | Chris Beytes
For years, commodity crop farmers in the U.S. have been able to purchase federal insurance to protect their crops from losses associated with natural disasters. Now, specialty crop growers can obtain similar levels of protection through the USDA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
Charlie Hall's Off The Charts | Dr. Charlie Hall
What’s the deal with gas prices?
Dümmen: Three Days, Two Acquisitions | Chris Beytes
After a long, quiet fall and early winter, January has kicked off with not one, but two, business purchases by Dümmen—or, more technically, the DNA Green Group, which is the name of the company formed by the merger of the Dümmen Group and Agribio Group in 2013.
DuPage Hort School Has a Facebook Page | Chris Beytes
There are hundreds of DuPage Hort School grads out there, many running very successful horticultural businesses. Well, now there’s a meeting place where you can get together to swap stories, share ideas and gather contact information.
Energy Grants & Loans Deadlines Announced | Jennifer Duffield White
If you’ve been keeping tabs, you’ll know that the Rural Energy for America Program got a huge boost in funding in the new Farm Bill, but we’ve been waiting to hear about deadlines for applications.
Floriculture Sustainability Initiative Works Toward 2020 | Jennifer Duffield White
The Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) has started making headway toward their goal of having 90% of their members’ internationally traded flowers and pot plants sustainably produced by 2020.
GrowIt! Announces Six Scholarship Winners | Chris Beytes
The GrowIt! Garden Socially app is proud to announce the six recipients of its 2014 Fall Scholarship Program.
Happy Birthday, AmericanHort! | Chris Beytes
It was one year ago on January 1 that the industry’s newest trade association came into being.
Happy Birthday, Flower Carpet Rose! | Chris Beytes
This year brings the 20th anniversary of Flower Carpet Roses, considered to be the first successful internationally branded plant.
In Memoriam: Scott Johnson | Chris Beytes
Scott Wade Johnson, third-generation owner of Johnson’s Nursery in West Bend, Wisconsin, tragically passed away as a result of a mountain biking accident on November 30, while on vacation. He was just 54.
Mast Scores High Again in Sustainability | Jennifer Duffield White
Neal Mast & Son Greenhouses and Mast Young Plants just scored an impressive 99 out of 100 on the 2014 CDP supply chain program questionnaire and an A- rating for climate change mitigation performance.
Mirror Magic in the Art of Delegation | Albert Grimm
Workers don’t get motivated on command. It takes far more than the occasional pep talk to change indifference to enthusiasm.
On The Move | Jennifer Zurko
Fine Americas, Inc.; Florist Holland BV; Pleasant View Gardens; Skagit Gardens; Spectrum Technologies
Plant Ratings from 2014 Trials Now Available in Plant Trials Database | Jennifer Zurko
Now that North American trial grounds have completed their 2014 trialing season, the National Plant Trials Database has more than 15,000 plant ratings for the horticulture industry’s use in planning for 2015.
Sakata Announces Two New SunPatiens Guides | Jennifer Zurko
Spring is just around the corner and Sakata Seed America is publishing helpful tools and information to aid and inspire landscapers throughout the country.
Sidney B. Meadows Scholarships Available | Jennifer Zurko
The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund has announced it’s now accepting scholarship applications for the 2015 awards.
World Rack-Build Record Set | Chris Beytes
Juan Corro, from McCorkle Nurseries in Georgia, shown on his way to what could be considered a world-record rack assembly time at the second annual Container Centralen Rack Build Final, held during TPIE in Ft. Lauderdale in January.
ZeroTol 2.0 Now Labeled for Edibles | Jennifer Zurko
ZeroTol 2.0 has been a major player in the greenhouse industry for more than 15 years and now, with many growers following the trend of growing edibles, BioSafe Systems found it necessary for ZeroTol 2.0 to be labeled for foliar applications on fruits and vegetables grown in greenhouses.
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