June 23, 2016
Vic Frey Named A Finalist For 2016 Head Grower Of The Year
Vic Frey, a finalist for the 2016 Head Grower of the Year and recipient of the 2016 Excellence In Production award, was always willing to trial and experiment with the latest technology. He loved the constant change in this industry, and turned every opportunity into a teaching moment.
June 24, 2016
North Creek Nurseries Is A Finalist For 2016 Operation Of The Year
North Creek Nurseries in Landenberg, PA, is one of three finalists for Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Operation Of The Year award and winner of the Excellence In Sustainable Production award for 2016.
June 19, 2016
Albert Grimm Named A Finalist For 2016 Head Grower Of The Year
Grimm, winner of Greenhouse Grower's Excellence in Outreach and Leadership award, is always willing to listen, continuously learn, and improve. He is a role model and empowers his employees to strive for excellence.
June 18, 2016
Practical Software Solutions Increases Accessibility, Efficiency Of Its Grower Vertical System
Practical Software will demonstrate Grower Vertical, its customizable and scalable enterprise management system for the horticulture industry, at Cultivate’16 in July.
June 17, 2016
Sunlet Nursery Named As Finalist For 2016 Operation Of The Year
Sunlet Nursery in Fallbrook, CA, is one of three finalists for Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Operation Of The Year award and winner of the Excellence In Community Leadership award for 2016.
June 14, 2016
Fate Of H-2B Program A Hot Topic On Capitol Hill This Week
Following a Senate hearing on the economic impact of the H-2B Program, the House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up its own version of a funding bill this week.
June 14, 2016
Battlefield Farms Is A Finalist For 2016 Operation Of The Year
Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, VA, is one of three finalists for Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 Operation Of The Year award and winner of the Excellence In Innovation award for 2016.
June 14, 2016
Mike Goyette Named A Finalist For 2016 Head Grower Of The Year
Goyette, winner of Greenhouse Grower's Excellence In Quality Award, is never satisfied with the status quo and is constantly looking for improvements in procedures, plant quality, employee organization, and the bottom line.
June 8, 2016
University Of Arkansas Offering Online Greenhouse Management Course
The course, which can be taken 24 hours a day, will cover basic greenhouse designs and construction materials, benching systems, glazing materials, lighting, heating systems, and much more.
June 7, 2016
Ball Seed Offers Full Mobile Ordering Capabilities With Updated WebTrack To Go App
The latest update for Ball Seed’s WebTrack To Go mobile app now includes full ordering capabilities for the industry’s largest assortment of seeds and plants. App users can also complete order fulfillment via seed count or package size, find product substitutions, get personalized “contact us” information, request plant tags, and more. “Upgrading WebTrack To Go to the full suite of ordering and management tools is where we’ve always wanted to be,” says Mark Morris, Director of IT for Ball Seed. “With this new roll-out, we’re keeping up with our customers on-the-go and providing them the information and access they need –- even while away from their desks.” The Ball Seed WebTrack To Go app lets customers: Check order status and shipment tracking 24-7 Access up-to-the-minute product inventory from hundreds of suppliers Place orders by seed count, packet size, and more Find product info, culture and photos when and where they […]
June 7, 2016
Meet Ken Fisher, AmericanHort’s New President And CEO
The AmericanHort Board of Directors has named Ken Fisher as the organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Fisher has 20 years of experience leading public and privately-held companies, including iconic consumer brands with The Coleman Company and Elmer’s Products Inc. Fisher’s diverse business experience will further the vision and strategy of AmericanHort, while bringing proven organizational management to achieve the desired results, the AmericanHort Board says. “We know the industry values our advocacy work and educational programs, especially Cultivate. Ken’s expertise will assist us in enhancing existing offerings, while adding new value that will broaden our membership,” says Dale Deppe, AmericanHort Board Chairman. “The pace of change in our industry is rapid, and he has experience successfully leading organizations through both business and regulatory cycles. Ken’s business growth track record is exactly what AmericanHort needs as we enter our next chapter, which I am confident will be […]
May 28, 2016
10 Creative Marketing Ideas From 2016 California Spring Trials (Photo Gallery)
Grower-retailers often look to breeders for ideas on how to increase plant sales with smart marketing plans. The California Spring Trials were filled with great concepts to reach customers.
May 24, 2016
AIPH Seeking Entries For Its International Grower of the Year Awards
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is inviting ornamental growers from all around the world to enter the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) for 2017. Last year’s big winner was Florida-based Costa Farms.
May 23, 2016
What’s Good For The Environment Is Good For Business [Opinion]
Investing in technology to become more sustainable “always goes hand in hand,” says Abe VanWingerden, co-CEO of Metrolina Greenhouses. “If it is good for the environment, it normally is good for business over the long term.” That connection was abundantly clear in the responses we received to this year’s Top 100 Growers Survey. VanWingerden points to three investments Metrolina has made as good examples of how technology can reduce an operation’s carbon footprint and pay dividends financially. Its biomass system burns locally sourced waste wood — a renewable resource; its ozone water treatment system cleans irrigation water, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides, and improving plant quality and precision growing; and electrostatic sprayers reduce water and chemical use, and provide more targeted chemical applications. Other Top 100 Growers have found VanWingerden’s theory to be true, as well. Costa Farms’ investment in solar energy panels on three buildings at its […]
May 16, 2016
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Talk Technology, Automation, Sustainability, And Marketing
The Top 100 Growers are already by nature some of the most technologically advanced greenhouse operations, due to their sheer size and need for efficiency. Many of the largest growers also serve big box merchandisers and home improvement chains, where prices are dictated, so producing plants at the lowest possible cost is essential to growers not only staying in business, but also profiting and expanding their operations. This year’s survey focused on the automation and technology the Top 100 Growers are investing in, and how these advancements have improved their operations, as well as how they have affected growers’ labor issues. We also asked growers about how they’re solving labor issues, where they’re recruiting new hires, and how they’re keeping their people committed. Lean management programs and sustainability certifications have become higher priorities in the past several years, due to growers’ needs to run efficiently and focus attention on sustainable […]
May 16, 2016
New “Generations Of Flowers” Study Tracks How And Why Consumers Are Buying Flowers And Plants
The Society of American Florists and the American Floral Endowment have released an update and analysis of this study, which first began in 2009.
May 12, 2016
AmericanHort Is Hosting A Greenhouse Tour In New Jersey This September
The Field and Covered Production Tour takes place Sept. 14-15, and features stops at Overdevest Nurseries, Centerton Nursery, and Lucas Greenhouses.