Gary Mangum

March 14, 2018

Bell Nursery Acquired by Central Garden & Pet

Greenhouse Grower just learned that Bell Nursery, headquartered in Elkridge, MD, has been acquired by Central Garden & Pet Company, a leading innovator, producer, and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets.

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Stokesia Blue Frills

February 27, 2018

Costa Farms Buys Green Leaf Nursery

Almost a year after buying indoor houseplant grower Delray Plants, Costa Farms has acquired Florida-based Green Leaf Nursery, Inc., which produces indoor foliage and tropical plants on around 50 acres.

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2016 Top 100 Growers With Drone

February 20, 2018

Top 100 Growers Survey for 2018 Is Now Open!

Operations with more than 400,000 square feet of environmentally controlled production are eligible to take the survey, which provides valuable market knowledge on how the nation's largest growers are innovating, sourcing labor, keeping up with demand, and setting trends.

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December 20, 2017

Battlefield Farms Obtains MPS-GAP Certification

With the increasing requirements of retailers on use of chemicals, and the growing attention to production circumstances, MPS-GAP is a perfect fit for Battlefield Farms, the company says.

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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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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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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.

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Costa Farms Owners

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.

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ISO Cutting Machine

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.

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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 […]

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2016 Top 100 Growers List

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.

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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.

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