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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Primula acaulis, Botrytis, Disease, Griffin Greenhouse Supplies

January 19, 2016

EPA Approves Syngenta’s Mural Fungicide For Use On Several Ornamental Crops

Mural contains two active ingredients and is designed to provide broad-spectrum control of a wide range of root and foliar diseases.

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January 18, 2016

Proof Garden Stores Are Recovering From The Great Recession

Since 2009, garden retailers have cited the economy as the second greatest barrier to spring sales (weather is always No. 1) — until this past year.

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How will growers' production in 2016 compare to 2015

January 18, 2016

2016 State Of The Greenhouse Industry Numbers At A Glance

Greenhouse Grower‘s 2016 State Of The Industry Survey shows some promising trends for the new year. Here’s a look at the greenhouse market for 2016, in graphics.     For a more in-depth analysis of where the industry stands, read Greenhouse Grower‘s 2016 State Of The Industry article, “Growers And Suppliers Move Forward With Cautious Optimism In 2016.”

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January 18, 2016

Growers And Suppliers Move Forward With Cautious Optimism In 2016

A year of growth in 2015 also had its share of challenges, and as a result, growers and suppliers are a bit more guarded going into 2016. After a few years of extreme weather and drought, a massive ongoing labor shortage, a shaky economy, and increased government regulation, Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 State Of The Industry Survey shows growers and retailers are moving forward with cautious optimism. Greenhouse Grower’s 2016 State Of The Industry Survey included separate questions for growers and for suppliers. Of our 358 respondents, 103 were suppliers, 111 were grower-retailers, 109 were wholesale growers, and 35 were young plant growers. Among growers, 57% indicated their operations were small (less than 100,000 square feet), 21% were medium-sized (100,000 to 399,999 square feet), and 22% said they were large growers (400,000 square feet or larger). Sixty-eight percent of the grower respondents said their sales grew in 2015 over 2014, down […]

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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 15, 2016

Christmas 2015: Fresh Greens And Personal Gifts Were A Hit For Garden Retailers

Consultant Ian Baldwin reflects on how his network of garden retailers fared over the holiday season and offers advice as buyers head to the winter markets.

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Dr Allan Armitage

January 15, 2016

Allan Armitage: Why The Deck Has Becomes The New Hot Spot For Gardening

Armitage says decks and small spaces allow younger generations to enjoy all the benefits of a garden without the work.

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Philips Lighting, Colorado State

January 14, 2016

Philips Lighting, Colorado State University Partner On New LED Lighting Research And Training Center

The partnership will allow the two entities to perform collaborative research and focused cultivation studies to validate and innovate around the application of advanced LED lighting for horticultural activity.

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State of the industry 2016

January 14, 2016

Craig Regelbrugge Says 2016 Will Be A Year Of Waiting For The Horticulture Industry

The 2016 presidential election will make for slow progress on critical regulatory issues like health care, pollinator health, and immigration reform.

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I-9 Form

January 13, 2016

Proposed Changes To I-9 Form Important For Greenhouse Growers

AmericanHort’s Government Relations and Grassroots Representative Davi Bowen says growers need to become familiar with the new form and should be prepared to make comments if necessary.

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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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