Author Archives: Charlie Hall

About Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall ( is a professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University.

Reasons For Optimism

Unbelieveable. That’s the best way to describe some of the events that have occurred since my last column. The Massachusetts special election has rocked the political world and profoundly affected the prospects for health reform just when it looked like passage was a lock. Efforts are under way to put health reform legislation together again

The Other ‘R’ Word

Several signs are pointing to the likelihood that we are now in economic recovery. The gross domestic product (GDP) for the last half of 2009 was positive and most indices are reflecting a turnaround scenario. Even the housing market has been showing signs of stabilization. Not exactly a robust recovery, but certainly an end to

Economy Poised For Glacially-Paced Recovery

Optimism about the apparent ending of the recession has been tempered by the reality of substantial further deterioration in employment conditions and ongoing struggles with state and local government budgets. Real GDP is expected to rise slightly during the third quarter, as inventory liquidations slow dramatically and consumer spending is revived. The end of the

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Even though the first estimate of the year’s first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) shows overall economic growth contracting 6.1 percent, the latest BEA report contained good news for economic prospects later this year. Check Out Charlie’s Blog As margins get tighter and tighter in the green industry due to market conditions becoming increasingly competitive, a

Value Never Needs A Stimulus

Much attention has been placed in the media of late regarding the economic stimulus package, also known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. At various meetings I have attended, growers have asked how the stimulus package will impact their business. The following are some of the major provisions of the stimulus package of interest

Different Is Not Always Better

The U.S. economy has been weathering recession-like conditions for a while now, including job losses, home foreclosures, declining consumer confidence, lower business spending and inflationary pressures on some of our key production inputs. Due to the cumulative impacts of these stressful economic conditions, we find several of our friends and colleagues are no longer working