April 25, 2016
University of Florida Offering Online Training Courses For Greenhouse Growers
There will be five courses offered, with the first starting on May 30. Courses are available in both English and Spanish and range from beginner level to advanced education.
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 10, 2016
New Southern-Centric Ornamental Production Conference To Be Held June 12-15 in Georgia
The 2016 Academy of Crop Production is dedicated exclusively to sharing information on advanced ornamental crop production and business management techniques for ornamental producers.
April 7, 2016
USDA Launches GroupGAP Program For Fruit And Vegetable Growers
The new certification program is designed to help small and mid-size growers, including greenhouse vegetable producers, comply with new food safety regulations.
March 14, 2016
Dr. Charlie Hall Will Offer Keynote Address At Farwest 2016
The Texas A&M economist will discuss factors affecting short- and long-term demand driving the future of the green industry.
March 8, 2016
Longwood Gardens And American Society For Horticultural Science Launch New Initiative To Promote The Value Of Horticulture
Under the direction of co-chairs Paul B. Redman of Longwood Gardens and Anna Ball of Ball Horticultural Company, the “Seed Your Future” initiative is designed to combat declining awareness of horticulture while promoting it as a viable career choice.
March 4, 2016
University Of Florida Study Shows Green Industry Generates $196 Billion For U.S. Economy
According to the study, the rise of large retail chain stores with garden departments has made plants and other horticultural products more readily available to consumers than ever before.
February 22, 2016
Great Lakes Growers Expands Its Production Capacity For “Living” Lettuces And Herbs
The Burton, OH-based grower has added 25,000 square feet to its operation, helping it to keep up with rising consumer demand.
February 16, 2016
New Officers And Directors At National Garden Bureau and All-America Selections
During the ASTA Flower & Vegetable Seed Conference, National Garden Bureau and All-America Selections elected new officers and directors.
January 24, 2016
Ludvig Svensson Hires Katherine Wolper As West Coast Sales Manager
Wolper says she looks forward to listening to growers and understanding the concerns, obstacles, and opportunities they face.
January 20, 2016
Tips For Overcoming Challenges In Family Business From The Owners Of Costa Farms
Our industry is run by a collection of family businesses, and every one, no matter how big or small, has its share of management issues. But there are several differences between one that is run successfully as a business and one that allows family politics to distract from the organization’s goals. In this year’s State Of The Industry Survey, we noted that labor recruitment and succession are two areas where growers struggle. In talking with the owners of Costa Farms for this month’s cover story, I thought some of the values they have incorporated into the operation’s management structure really stood out as practices that other family businesses could use. The participatory management approach to business and team building is one that Tony Costa, the second-generation owner of Costa Farms, instilled in his children, Maria Costa-Smith and Jose Costa, and son-in-law, Joche Smith, the current owners of Costa Farms. In […]
January 13, 2016
Proposed Changes To I-9 Form Important For Greenhouse Growers
AmericanHort’s Government Relations and Grassroots Representative Davi Bowen says growers need to become familiar with the new form and should be prepared to make comments if necessary.
January 13, 2016
Wenke Greenhouses Buys Zylstra Greenhouses
Two Kalamazoo, MI-based greenhouses have merged after Wenke Greenhouses closed on Zylstra Greenhouses at the end of November. The additional property and facilities will allow Wenke Greenhouses to expand its young plant business, among other areas.
January 13, 2016
Costa Farms Wins With Its Emphasis On Team, Solutions, Growth
Based in Miami, FL, Costa Farms has gone global by focusing on strategy, systems, and vertical integration. See how the operation continues to expand through its emphasis on team, solutions, and growth.
January 11, 2016
New Transportation Funding Bill Is Good News For Floriculture Industry
According to AmericanHort, perhaps the biggest benefit of the new bill is what it doesn’t include: a proposed amendment that would have prohibited the use of federal funds for vegetative enhancements.
December 29, 2015
The Home Depot Says No To Neonics
The Home Depot plans to phase out neonicotinoids by 2018, according to a recent statement on the company’s website. The large home improvement retailer stated that its live goods suppliers have reduced the number of plants that they treat with neonicotinoids, and now more than 80% of all flowering plants sold at The Home Depot are not treated with neonicotinoids. The retailer said it will continue this decrease unless: Treatment is required by state or federal regulation, or Undisputed science proves that the use of neonicotinoids on live goods does not have a lethal or sub-lethal effect on pollinators Aside from these exceptions, the retailer has implemented a complete phase-out of neonicotinoid use on live goods by the end of 2018. Meanwhile, The Home Depot has required all of its live goods suppliers to label plants that have been treated with neonicotinoids. “The Home Depot is deeply engaged in understanding the […]