Young-Grower

December 4, 2017

New Report Shows Older Growers Outnumber Younger Growers by a Six To One Margin

A survey conducted earlier this year by the National Young Farmers Coalition highlights the far-reaching set of challenges faced by today’s young growers, including rising debt and a struggle to find quality employees.

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December 4, 2017

Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants Debuts as Roberta’s Finalizes Purchase of C. Raker & Sons

On December 1, Eric Wallien of Roberta’s Inc. in Waldron, IN, officially purchased C. Raker & Sons in Litchfield, MI. The new identity of the company is now Raker-Roberta’s Young Plants, according to a Dec. 1 letter to Raker’s customers, suppliers, and business partners from Vice President Susie Raker-Zimmerman. “There have been minimal changes in management and we will be providing the same products and services on which we have built our reputation in the industry,” Raker-Zimmerman said in the letter, which also announced the name change and new logo. The sale of C. Raker & Sons was announced in September . A series of events affecting Raker’s financial situation caused the need for the operation to find an alternate solution. Roberta’s had been a customer of Raker’s since 2011, and the fourth generation, family owned grower-retailer was a fan of Raker’s commitment to quality. The agreement to purchase C. […]

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November 30, 2017

How the New Worker Protection Standard Rules Will Affect You

Keep your employees safe by keeping current with the new Worker Protection Standards for 2018. Here’s a quick summary of the changes coming your way.

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Weigela ‘Maroon Swoon’ (Van Belle Nursery)

November 28, 2017

Van Belle Nursery Among Finalists for International Grower of the Year

The International Association of Horticultural Producers announced nine finalists for its 2018 International Grower of the Year Awards, which will be presented at IPM Essen in January 2018.

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November 27, 2017

Why It’s Important to Get to Know Consumers at the Ground Level

One way to learn about consumer behavior is to get boots on the ground and engage with them.

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November 25, 2017

J. Berry Nursery Strengthens Expertise in Product Development and Improved Production

The company recently hired Scott Sterling as Supply Chain Manager and Jim Steger as Production Resource Planner.

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November 22, 2017

Growers Showing Renewed Interest in Specialty Cut Flowers

At the brink of its 30th anniversary, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers is connecting a diverse and growing group of members dedicated to producing and marketing cut flowers.

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Griffin Pennsylvania Expo

November 22, 2017

Griffin Sets Dates for 2018 Grower & Retailer Expos

The company will host two Expos next year — one each in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania — and each will be a two-day event.

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November 20, 2017

Botany Lane Greenhouses Announces Expansion Into Young Plants

Botany Lane, a producer of finished tropical plants, succulents, and specialty annuals in the Western U.S., recently announced it is expanding to provide young plants for growers and grower-retailers.

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Berger-Equipment

November 17, 2017

How You Can Help Berger in Donating to Hurricane Harvey Victims (While Learning More About Plant Production)

Between Nov. 23-27, Berger will donate $1 for every download of its free technical plant production guides to hurricane relief efforts.

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November 16, 2017

Costa Farms’ New Marketing Director Eager to Tap Into Changing Consumer Needs

In her new position, Damarys Mora Crawford will lead Costa Farms’ marketing team and create and execute strategic marketing initiatives to support continued sales growth for the company’s retail customers.

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Cordyline Candy Cane (Excelsa Gardens, Inc.)

November 14, 2017

Garden-Retailers Pick Their Favorite Products From The Landscape Show

Grower-retailers have once again named their favorite new products, this time as part of the Cool Product Awards at The Landscape Show 2017 in Orlando, FL. Awards were presented to 12 companies, representing 14 products.

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