January 20, 2016

Tips For Overcoming Challenges In Family Business From The Owners Of Costa Farms

Our industry is run by a collection of family businesses, and every one, no matter how big or small, has its share of management issues. But there are several differences between one that is run successfully as a business and one that allows family politics to distract from the organization’s goals. In this year’s State Of The Industry Survey, we noted that labor recruitment and succession are two areas where growers struggle. In talking with the owners of Costa Farms for this month’s cover story, I thought some of the values they have incorporated into the operation’s management structure really stood out as practices that other family businesses could use. The participatory management approach to business and team building is one that Tony Costa, the second-generation owner of Costa Farms, instilled in his children, Maria Costa-Smith and Jose Costa, and son-in-law, Joche Smith, the current owners of Costa Farms. In […]

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January 18, 2016

Sign Up Now To Attend SAF Congressional Action Days In Washington, DC

Congressional Action Days is a great chance for Society of American Florists members to meet their state’s lawmakers and discuss the most critical issues they are facing.

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January 13, 2016

Costa Farms Wins With Its Emphasis On Team, Solutions, Growth

Based in Miami, FL, Costa Farms has gone global by focusing on strategy, systems, and vertical integration. See how the operation continues to expand through its emphasis on team, solutions, and growth.

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Kelly Norris - feature

January 11, 2016

Kelly Norris: Questioning The Purpose Of New Plants

Norris asks if the time has come to rethink new plant introductions, or how we market them to consumers.

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CAST2015_Floranova_Vegetalis_Ageratum Cloud Nine Blue

January 8, 2016

Floranova Opening New Chile-Based Research Station, Forgoing 2016 Spring Trials

Floranova has announced it is building a new research station in Chile that will open in mid-2016. As a result, the company will not participate in the 2016 California Spring Trials, but says it will be back in 2017.

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TPIE 2015

January 5, 2016

Five Must-See Presentations At This Year’s Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE)

TPIE showcases the latest trends in foliage, floral, and tropicals, and features a trade show with 200,000 square feet of living and vibrant plants.

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Garrett Owen Feature Image

January 1, 2016

Richard T. Meister Scholarship Winner Eager To Give Back To The Industry

Garrett Owen, recipient of the Richard T. Meister Scholarship, says his career goal is to become a floriculture Extension specialist.

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Cal-Poly fields

December 29, 2015

The 5 Most-Read News Stories On GreenhouseGrower.com In 2015

From neonicotinoid awareness to a grassroots efforts to preserve a critical resource, here are the headlines that grabbed your attention in 2015.

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December 23, 2015

Controlled Environment Agriculture Center Posts Series Of Webinars On Covered Environments

Each of the webinars is free for on-demand viewing, and the series covers topics ranging from new technology to how to reach new markets.

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December 22, 2015

Newly Signed 2016 Spending Bill Includes H-2B Relief Provisions

Late last week, President Obama signed into law an omnibus spending bill for the fiscal year 2016 that includes important H-2B relief provisions.

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Viraj Puri (left) and Eric Hadley (right) of Gotham Greens with Martha Stewart (middle)

December 17, 2015

Congratulations To The 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Award Winners

Each year, Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living honor American entrepreneurs and small business owners for their dedication to producing innovative, high-quality products. This year, three companies from the green industry made the list.

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Decadence Pink Truffle (Proven Winners)

December 14, 2015

13 Varieties That Reflect Pantone’s Colors Of The Year (Photo Gallery)

A number of plant breeders are featuring varieties that should fit in well with Pantone’s recent color of the year announcement.

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