August 15, 2007

Hines Stock Gets Delisted

Following months of compliance issues, Hines Horticulture of Irvine, Calif., has been delisted from NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc., where the mega grower was publicly traded as HORT. Trading was suspended Aug. 8. Hines received a NASDAQ Staff Deficiency Letter in July because the bid price per share of the company’s common stock closed below $1.00 per share for 30 consecutive business days, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Hines has until January 22, 2008 to regain compliance with this minimum bid price rule. Stock must remain at or above $1.00 per share for at least 10 consecutive business days for trading to be reinstated. Hines also failed to maintain the minimum $10 million stockholders’ equity requirement for continued listing on The NASDAQ Global Market. Another issue has been the value of its nursery in Trenton, S.C. According to the filed documents, Hines entered into a […]

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August 1, 2007

Long Island Bans Invasive Plants

The Suffolk County legislature recently passed an invasive plant law that forbids the sale, propagation and introduction of plants on a “Do Not Sell” list. Plants of interest to the green industry are purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) and some honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.). The law is significant because Suffolk County is the largest producer of horticultural commodities in the state of New York. “When this bill was originally introduced in February, the list of ‘Do Not Sell’ plants was very inaccurate,” reports Cornell University’s Dr. Mark Bridgen, who is stationed on Long Island. “There were several plants on the list that were not invasive and were no threat to Long Island. For several months, many nursery professionals, the Long Island Farm Bureau and members of Cornell University spent countless hours working on the list and negotiating with the county’s invasive plant committee.” The compromise is reflected in the list that was […]

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July 25, 2007

Syngenta’s Scholarship Program

Syngenta Professional Products has a new scholarship program for undergraduate students in horticulture and agronomy called the “Grower of Tomorrow.” One student will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship and paid summer internship with Syngenta in Greensboro, N.C. Three runners up will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The program is open to juniors and seniors at one of 14 selected universities. One student from each university will be named by the faculty to represent the institution. For more on Syngenta, visit http://www.syngentaprofessionalproducts.com/

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July 25, 2007

More Short Course Coverage

We’ve posted a lot more coverage since last week’s Benchrunner. To see the most up-to-date postings, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/shortcourse/page.php?page=shortcourse.

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July 25, 2007

Feedback: Laurie Scullin On Product Development

We received quite a response to Laurie Scullin’s views on turning new product development over to women, our primary customer. Here are some reader reactions: I always look forward to Laurie’s truthful look at the industry–by gum, he’s usually right on when it comes to what we as an industry need to change. Change–the word that strikes fear into men and excites women! That is why, as a lone wolf female grower with no men to check with before making a business decision, I know what women want because I am one. Sorry guys, some things you just will never get. Don’t be macho or proud, just ask us and watch your numbers soar!! Thanks, Jean Lawrence SunStone Growers/Thyme to Dream Herb Farm Toccoa, Ga. EXCELLENT This is the best article I have read in years! When I began working at Pleasant View and Proven Winners–there were very few women […]

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July 18, 2007

Laurie Scullin On Product Development

Fire all the boys! Boys have been great stewards of the industry for many decades. We did okay and grew the business when it was easy to grow. But today it is hard. We need the real pros in that space–girls. I know I am causing the hair to raise on the necks of many, but tough. We male-gender types do not get it when it comes to retail space. We had a good run and now we need help. In marketing, we look all the time at how women shop, think and decide differently than men. For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/rantsandraves/page.php?page=rants

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July 11, 2007

Higham on Transportation & Merchandising

One of the most frequent issues that comes up in my discussions with growers is how to connect two important parts of the supply chain–transportation and merchandising. As Vinny Naab mentions in Greenhouse Grower’s July issue, more growers are having to merchandise their own products in stores or hand it off to a third party. For growers delivering their own material, this may not be so bad. But when you have to use common carrier trucks and third party merchandisers, it can be a disaster. For more, visit: http://www.greenhousegrower.com/blogs/higham.html

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July 11, 2007

Immigration Compliance Update

Although Congress may have failed to implement immigration reform, the Society of American Florists expects increased worksite law enforcement and for employers who fail to adhere to employment verfication procedures to face stiffer civil and criminal penalties. Make sure your are current on compliance by visiting: http://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?recipient_id=23447245&message_id=331670&user_id=SAFlorists

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July 5, 2007

Raising Funds & Awareness For AIB

Yesterday, towns throughout America were full of civic pride that comes with 4th of July celebrations. Our industry is uniquely positioned to plant more civic pride on a grassroots level and make our towns more vibrant places to live, work and play. This is what America In Bloom (AIB) is all about. During the OFA Short Course at 1 p.m. Monday, July 16, a panel of industry members will share how they planted the seed locally and reaped rewards. You can do the same. You can also support AIB by participating in four fundraisers during Short Course: Walk or run in the Dramm/OFA 5K Relay on Saturday, July 14 Play in the D.S. Cole Growers hockey tournament on Monday, July 16 Buy a $100 raffle ticket to win $5,000 Buy raffle tickets (three for $10) to win a John Deere Gator, sponsored by Blackmore Company and Greenhouse Grower.  You do […]

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July 5, 2007

Immigration Reform Post Mortem

After more than a year of contentious debate, the comprehensive immigration reform bill championed by many in the Senate along with the Bush administration is officially dead. Last Thursday, the Senate failed to invoke cloture, or end debate, by a vote of 46-53. What will status quo or doing nothing mean for growers? American Nursery & Landscape Association’s Craig Regelbrugge says tighter borders, labor shortages and more state and local laws that target employers. We may also see enforcement-only legislation resurface and a mandatory electronic verification system that places the burden of making sure workers are legal on employers. ANLA will explore future support for guestworker programs and AgJOBS. For more insight, visit: http://www.anla.org

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July 5, 2007

Wal-Mart Tries Earth-Friendly Pots

Wal-Mart Canada is testing sales of empty Biopots in 227 discount stores, seven super centers and six Sam’s Clubs. The 4-inch and 6-inch grower pots will be sold to consumers empty off the shelf and placed beside plastic pots. This was sold by and supplied through Toronto distributor John G. Hofland Ltd. For more information, visit: http://www.biopots.com and http://www.hofland.com.

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June 27, 2007

Online Resources For Short Course

Get a jump on your planning for Short Course, which is just 17 days away. Visit http://www.greenhousegrower.com/guide/ for our Get Around Guide, which has a complete list of seminars and exhibitors, along with general travel information, maps, hotels and restaurants. You can also get a sneak preview of new products by visiting http://www.greenhousegrower.com/freshideas.

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