January 2, 2008

Immigration Enforcement Update

While growers got a reprieve from Social Security “no-match” letters in 2007, states have enacted their own illegal immigration enforcement laws that will take effect this year. According to the Washington Post, Arizona is where the nation’s toughest and potentially most far-reaching crackdown on undocumented workers and their employers will be. The Arizona law, which took effect Jan. 1, penalizes companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants by suspending their business licenses for up to 10 days. On the second offense, the business license would be revoked. Read more about this editorial here. At the federal level last August, the Department of Homeland Security issued a new rule giving employers 90 days to terminate workers whose paperwork could not be reconciled once they received a no-match letter. Enforcement was blocked in October through an injunction granted by a federal district court judge in California. In the past, employers were not required […]

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January 2, 2008

Festive Fashions With ‘Diamond Frost’

Donahue’s Greenhouses in Faribault, Minn., had fun promoting euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ during its fall and winter holiday events by dressing up Stella the mannequin in three different outfits. “The holiday look for Stella was fun and lively,” says Kathy Donahue Nass. “Late in the summer we designed a skirt of ‘Diamond Frost,’ hoping it would become her holiday skirt. On Oct. 28, we held a fundraiser for our catholic high school and found Stella dressed in an ’80’s cheerleeding costume for the event. She received many compliments on this look. On Nov. 15 for our holiday open house, we needed to find an outfit that went with Stella’s classic personality. At an antique shop we found this classic outfit direct from Caesar’s Palace. Again, she was a stopper as you walked through our doors! And for her final look of the season Stella donned a beautiful red velvet top. She […]

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January 2, 2008

Top 25 Innovations For Producing Greenhouse Floriculture Crops

Twenty-five years ago, Greenhouse Grower spun out of American Vegetable Grower magazine as its own publication focused on greenhouse floriculture production and markets. We begin our year of fun features with a list of the top 25 most significant innovations that advanced greenhouse crop production. Twenty leading growers and industry experts helped us rank more than 120 inventions and discoveries in importance on a scale of 1 to 10. While a ranking of 1 was “not important or relevant,” a ranking of 10 was “revolutionary, completely changed the industry.” With the 20 evaluators, the most points an innovation could have received is 200. The innovations were sorted into 14 categories to group related products and concepts together. 1) Plugs 2) Seeders 3t.) Carts/Rolling Racks 3t.) Photoperiod (long days versus short days) 5.) Plant Growth Regulators 6.) Plastic Plug & Liner Trays 7t.) Barcoding 7t.) Internet 9t.) Plant Tags 9t.) Temperature […]

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January 2, 2008

Grower Solution: Diesel-Heated Trucks

Blooming potted plant grower Jim Dickerson of Dickerson’s Greenhouse in Gobles, Mich., has found a cost effective way to add reliable heat to one of his trucks. While reefer units with both refrigeration and heat can cost between $15,000 and $20,000, the Proheat X45 auxiliary heater manufactured by Teleflex Power Systems is a more affordable option and fits nicely with winter deliveries. Dickerson’s delivers live plants to about 700 stores and warehouses over a wide area, from Michigan west into the Dakotas and Nebraska, using a 24-foot insulated dry van truck. The company’s delivery fleet also includes a truck with the reefer unit that can be set to keep plants at a constant temperature when outside temperatures plummet below freezing. Dickerson just finished shipping its signature crop, poinsettias, and is getting ready to ship winter and spring bulb crops—Easter lilies, tulips and hyacinths. Since he began using the Proheat X45 […]

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