Ask any grower for thoughts on the state of labor today and you are bound to get an earful. While some people blame government crackdowns on immigration, others point the finger at lazy, over privileged Americans who would prefer not to get their hands dirty. But, there is one thing everyone agrees on: It isn’t
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2012 State of the Climate National Overview report, the contiguous U.S. experienced the hottest year and second most extreme on record. In the report, the organization indicates a 3.2 degree increase over the 20th Century average and a 1 degree increase over 1998, the former hottest year
Every year, Greenhouse Grower asks its readers to reflect on their poinsettia crops, prices and the overall state of the market. Growers of all sizes responded to our survey, and the results are in for the 2012 season. Here is a look at some of the most notable statistics. For the full whitepaper results, visit GreenhouseGrower.com/February2013.
As Today’s Garden Center reported on Dec. 31, 2012, there are conflicting stories regarding Commerce Corporation’s potential closing. While some say the garden supply distributor has begun massive layoffs to keep the company afloat, others insist Commerce is closing its doors. Green industry companies like BFG Supply and Ceramo Company are taking advantage of Commerce
The congressional bill concerning the fiscal cliff deal received final approval on Jan. 1, 2013, with a 257 to 157 bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) reports. A nine-month extension on the 2008 Farm Bill was also inclouded in the deal. The compromise between Democrats and Republicans
With the Tropical Plant Industry Expo (TPIE) just around the corner, several breeders shared their insights concerning the latest and greatest on the market. While some have focused on creating marketing programs to stop consumers in their tracks at retail, others have taken a step back to entice customers with unique varieties. As growers continue
Gardeners and florists are the happiest workers in the U.K. according to research from City & Guilds published in the Daily Mail. Nine out of ten (87 percent) of horticulturists say they are happy with their jobs, and 80 percent attributed that happiness to “manage their own workload and have autonomy over their schedule and
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has released a new survey that reports there is still a high incidence of imported virus-infected, bare-root herbaceous perennials in Michigan. According to an article on the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) website, many of the problems stem from product purchased through the USDA-APHIS Clearance Program.
Think responding to customer phone calls is less important than in-store customer service? Think again. According to a 2012 consumer survey conducted by voice-marketing automation company Ifbyphone, customers on hold for more than a minute are less likely to buy from or refer a particular brand. An impressive 59 percent are more likely to buy
The students at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) in Fishersville, Va., now have a new opportunity to learn about potential career opportunities in the green industry. Thanks to the center and volunteers from Dominion Virginia Power, a new greenhouse has been constructed to give hands-on vocational training to people with disabilities. Benefits Of A