February 20, 2009

HRI Awards Scholarships

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research arm of ANLA, granted $200,000 to nine research projects and five student scholarships throughout the U.S. for 2009. Key considerations used by the HRI Executive Committee in determining funding levels and research grants were: the economic conditions impacting HRI’s investment income, the green industry economic outlook and the general quality of the research proposals. The selected research projects show collaborative efforts between researchers and research institutions, along with a focus on priority issues for the green industry. HRI Grants and Scholarships for 2009 include: Research funding is subject to institutional and researcher contractual agreements with HRI. $50,000— Development of Alternative Container Substrates a Block Grant Research projects incorporated with the block grant include: * Effect of Alternative Substrate Age on Woody Ornamental Plant Production * On-Site Demonstration of Alternative Substrates at Nurseries Across the Southeast U.S. * Effect of Alternative Substrates on Production […]

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January 19, 2009

NFF Event To Focus On Sustainability

The National Floriculture Forum (NFF) will meet again March 6 and 7 in Florida, where university professors, graduate students, government scientists and other industry leaders will tour industry and research locations from Miami to Orlando. “Sustainability In The Real World” is the forum’s theme this year. Tour stops will be made at Kerry’s Nursery, Wyld West Annuals, Kraft Gardens, Knox Nursery, Mercer Botanicals and several other facilities over the two days. Lean flow, production efficiency, sustainability certification and water conservation are among the many topics that will be discussed. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and encouraged before Feb. 2. Those who wish to register after Feb. 2 may contact Becky Hamilton at [email protected] For more information on the event, visit www.floricultureforum.org or contact Paul Fisher of the University. He can be reached by eMail at [email protected] or by phone at 352-392-1831, ext.

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January 13, 2009

New Scholarship For Floriculture Students

Students studying floriculture, horticulture or a related field might be interested in applying for the Shinoda Scholar of the Year award, a new $5,000 scholarship that will be awarded by the trustees of the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation to one applicant. Applications for the Scholar of the year are available at the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship website at www.shinodascholarship.org, and they’ll be accepted now through March 30. The scholarship recipient will be announced later in the spring, and he or she will be transported to OFA Short Course courtesy of Ball Horticulture.

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December 15, 2008

Make 2009 A Turning Point

Surprise, surprise! We’re officially in recession mode now, and we have been for more than a year. The National Bureau of Economic Research made the formal announcement as we prepared this year-opening issue for press, but the story seemed more like back-page news at the time because American consumers were busy making a contradictory statement on Black Friday and the days that ensued. Consumers made their statement with their hard-earned dollars, flooring analysts who expected to hear cricket chirps in the early mornings at retail stores across the country. Black Friday, of course, is an aberration in the retail world, but it’s always been used as a gauge for our willingness to spend over the holiday season. This most recent Black Friday should, however, serve as a barometer for even more to our industry. Last year was rough for some growers, yes, and the economic forecast for this year is […]

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December 15, 2008

Ones To Watch: Matt Mart

As part of Greenhouse Grower’s 25th anniversary, we’ve been profiling people we expect to shape the industry for the better over the next 25 years. Now in its 25th and final week online, our Ones To Watch series concludes with Matt Mart of Amerinova Age – 37 His Job – Matt is executive director at Amerinova, a EuroAmerican plant licensing company that helps market varieties. Fresh Thinking – A huge part of EuroAmerican’s business philosophy is new product development. Matt says to keep an eye on the succulent market and low water-use plants. “Invest in new products and programs,” he says. “Learn from the ‘old,’ but don’t hang on to it. Accept that we in horticulture are like any other business with its pluses and minuses.” Twenty-Five Years From Now – The industry will be consolidated globally. “As wealth shifts, so will markets,” Matt says. “New products will continue to […]

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December 3, 2008

Saluting Tomorrow’s Leaders

For 24 years, Greenhouse Grower has been honored to present the Grower of the Year award, recognizing growers who are moving the industry forward. The recipients have been the best and brightest in our industry and reasons why we are gung-ho looking to the next 25 years. Who will be our 25th Grower of the Year? You can help decide. To commemorate this milestone, we will take this award to a new level by presenting it during the OFA Short Course in July. This award will become part of an “Evening of Excellence” and add a strong grower component to our successful Medal of Excellence program, which recognizes innovative varieties, marketing programs and the organizations and individuals behind them. Together, Grower of the Year and our Medal of Excellence program become a fascinating floriculture hall of fame. When we consider candidates for Grower of the Year, we not only think […]

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December 2, 2008

More Than Flying Cars

When Greenhouse Grower began in 1983, the general public started getting its hands on some of the first personal computers. Leaps in technology made the future seem limitless. Looking to the year 2000, even flying cars made sense. Asking someone to predict the next 25 years isn’t easy, especially when talking about the greenhouse industry. It requires a good deal of imagination and market know-how. For Greenhouse Grower’s anniversary issue, we asked prominent companies in the greenhouse-floriculture industry to explain where they plan to be and what new developments will make a difference for growers by the year 2033. We received some great responses, but no flying cars. They gave us something growers can actually sink their teeth into and look forward to. And it’s somewhat fitting that the bulk of our responses come from greenhouse software companies. It really is a sign of the times, isn’t it? Software Partnerships […]

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December 2, 2008

Horticultural Research Institute Names Scholarship Recipients

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association, recently granted 2008 scholarship awards to a handful of exceptional students interested in pursuing careers in our industry. Gerrit Shuffstall, a full-time graduate student of landscape architecture at Morgan State University in Baltimore, was awarded the Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship of $4,000. Shuffstall is interested in urban design and soil sciences. Amanda Rose, a senior environmental horticulture major at California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo, received the Usrey Family Memorial Scholarship of $1,500. She would like to earn a teaching credential in high school agricultural education. Kaythryn Sanford is the recipient of the Muggets Scholarship of $1,500. An informal group called the Mugget Growers of America (MGA) meet each year at the ANLA Management Clinic to discuss important plant issues while contributing to the Muggets scholarship fund. Kayla Harrison, a senior horticultural student […]

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December 2, 2008

Flowers A Solution For Depression In Time Of Recession

A recent behavioral research study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School found people have less worry and anxiety when fresh-cut flowers are present in the home. The Flower Promotion Organization is now spreading that message, and executive director Stan Pohmer suggests making simple flower arrangements to display around the home. One simple arrangement Pohmer suggests is what he’s calling the “Mood Lift Lily.” All consumers need to create this arrangement are one lily, three to four oranges or five lemons or limes, a sharp knife to cut citrus, a clear water glass, floral preservative and floral clippers. Simply cut thin, round slices of the citrus, remove the leaves from the lily and thread the stem through the fruit of the citrus, insert the lily with citrus into the water glass and fill it with water that has been treated with the floral preservative. It’s just one do-it-yourself […]

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November 24, 2008

Scholarships Available For Syngenta’s Grower Of Tomorrow

The Syngenta Grower of Tomorrow internship program is now in its second year and open to students pursuing degrees in agronomy or horticulture from 28 select universities in the United States. The first-place recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship and a paid internship at Syngenta headquarters in North Carolina. Two other students will each receive $1,000 scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, click here or call (866) 796-4368. The internship is a great opportunity for any horticulture student. The intern may get to meet with mentors from Syngenta and its subsidiary companies, travel to industry events and trade shows like OFA Short Course and write an article on the experience.  Students from the following universities qualify for the Grower of Tomorrow internship program: –Auburn University–Clemson University–Colorado State University–Cornell University–Iowa State University–Kansas State University–Louisiana State University–Michigan State University–Mississippi State University–North Carolina State University–Ohio State University–Oregon State University–Penn State University–Purdue University–Texas A&M […]

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November 11, 2008

What It Will Take To Grow Our Industry

Twenty-five years ago, who could have possibly seen the industry shaped in its current form? The rise of the big box stores? New labor-saving technology? The call for sustainability? This kind of growth might have been scoffed at 25 years ago. But we’re here, and the sky should indeed be the limit for our progression over the next 25 years. How will we operate in 2033? Will the big box stores still be around? What kind of technology will we using then? And what about sustainability? Look how far it’s come over the last few years–so just think where it will be in the next 25. To sort out the next 25 years, we invited 25 industry experts to contribute essays on what they think it will take to grow our industry. Their expertise spans growing, production, technology, associations, academia, retail and marketing. To them, the future holds no limits. […]

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November 4, 2008

Guerilla Gardening At Virginia Tech

The National Honor Society for Horticulture at Virginia Tech University recently launched a service project called Guerilla Gardening, an initiative focused on nonviolent direct action toward cultivating land. Students kicked off the project at night a couple weeks ago by planting pansies, violas and bulbs, and the group hopes to continue with the project throughout the year. “[Students] just kind of take what they think has been misused or what they perceive to be misused or abandoned, and they assign a new purpose to it,” says Sarah Hall, president of the horticulture society. “We figured we’re horticulture majors and we like plants, (so) why not make (campus) beautiful–but do it secretly.” To read the full story published by The Collegiate Times, the university’s student newspaper, click here.

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