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.
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. […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.