May 8, 2017
2017 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Growers: The Complete List, and More
Growth signifies a healthy industry, and indeed, several of Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers expanded their operations significantly between 2016 and 2017.
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 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 9, 2017
Speedling Wins Environmental Leadership Award From Florida Ag Commissioner
Speedling has eight nurseries throughout the country and two in Florida, where moisture levels are carefully analyzed to improve performance and consistency of transplant operations.
August 1, 2017
Costa Farms Will Maintain Operations “the Costa Way” With Acquisition, Says CEO Joche Smith
The Miami, FL-based, Top 100 Grower operation announced an agreement for Markel to acquire a majority interest in Costa Farms and its related companies. But the operation will continue to be run by current leadership, with the partnership Markel offers to allow it to continue to grow.
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers are Investing in More Technology to Offset Labor Shortages
Labor has traditionally been among growers’ most significant costs, but the continued rising costs and lack of available labor are currently two very heavy burdens that growers have to bear. As the labor supply dwindles, the Top 100 Growers discuss their next steps toward investing in technology to streamline efficiency at their respective operations.
May 16, 2017
The Top 100 Growers Speak Out on Changes Needed in Immigration Reform
Opinions about the new administration’s approach to immigration reform vary widely among Greenhouse Grower‘s Top 100 Growers. Many say they are “very concerned” about the potential impact on agriculture’s guestworker programs. Others say the entire guestworker program needs to be overhauled to be simpler and easier to use for growers, and hope that this will be part of the reform efforts. And some seem to be generally in favor of the current methods. “I am in favor of securing the borders but want a simple system for legal residency.” — Dale Buist, Countryside Greenhouse and Farm Market “All this talk has made huge waves in the migrant labor workforce. Continuing this path will create an even greater shortage of employees willing to do our type of work.” — Mark Worley, Speedling, Inc. “[Trump] is only enforcing and not reforming. We will lose a lot of our best employees if this […]
May 12, 2017
How the Top 100 Greenhouse Growers Tackle Managing Costs and Prices
The country’s largest growers continue to strive to maintain a balance with price and costs while making sure they stand out from the competition.
May 8, 2017
Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Behind the Scenes: How (and Why) We Do It
It’s more important than ever to have good data that allows us to accurately measure the size and scope of our industry.
February 17, 2017
Dan and Jerry’s Greenhouse Buys Iowa-Based DeJong Greenhouses
The acquisition will allow Dan and Jerry’s, a bedding plant grower headquartered in Minnesota, to extend its seasonal product offerings and service a new customer base with local distribution.
January 17, 2017
Dallas Johnson Greenhouses Owner Passes Away at 78
Dallas G. Johnson, who started the company in 1985, is survived by his wife, Kay, and two children.
July 19, 2016
Top 100 Growers Talk Labor, Automation, And Sustainability
More than 60 growers got up with the sun at Cultivate’16 to hear a four-person panel discuss hot topics such as labor, automation, and sustainability at Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Breakfast, sponsored by BASF.
May 24, 2016
AIPH Seeking Entries For Its International Grower of the Year Awards
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is inviting ornamental growers from all around the world to enter the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards (IGOTY) for 2017. Last year’s big winner was Florida-based Costa Farms.
May 16, 2016
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers Talk Technology, Automation, Sustainability, And Marketing
The Top 100 Growers are already by nature some of the most technologically advanced greenhouse operations, due to their sheer size and need for efficiency. Many of the largest growers also serve big box merchandisers and home improvement chains, where prices are dictated, so producing plants at the lowest possible cost is essential to growers not only staying in business, but also profiting and expanding their operations. This year’s survey focused on the automation and technology the Top 100 Growers are investing in, and how these advancements have improved their operations, as well as how they have affected growers’ labor issues. We also asked growers about how they’re solving labor issues, where they’re recruiting new hires, and how they’re keeping their people committed. Lean management programs and sustainability certifications have become higher priorities in the past several years, due to growers’ needs to run efficiently and focus attention on sustainable […]
May 10, 2016
Reading The 2016 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Rankings: The Big Keep Getting Bigger
Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers survey reveals continued growth among the nation’s largest operations.