Ken Altman

October 27, 2014

GROW Perspective: Why I Give Back To The Industry

Ken Altman of Altman Plants knows a thing or two about the green industry, including the importance of contributing to the industry he loves.

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September 26, 2014

GROW Perspective: Government Compliance Issues On The Horizon

Lack of focus on human resources can sink your ship

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September 2, 2014

Svensson Film Raises Awareness of Global Production Challenges

Anders Ludvigson, Svensson’s executive vice president, is on a mission to raise awareness of the challenge growers have producing more food using fewer resources. To start, he set out with a film crew to explore some of the climates where commercial greenhouse growers use the company’s products.

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September 2, 2014

Six Lessons Learned From LeBron’s Decision 2.0

Die-hard Cavaliers fan and Cleveland native Bill Calkins explains how the headline-making decision LeBron James’ made to leave the Miami Heat and play in his hometown relates to your business.

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August 27, 2014

New Gardening App GrowIt Connects Community Of Gardeners In Local Areas

Thanks to Ball Horticultural Co.’s Mason Day and Seth Reed, gardeners can now share photos of their plants, interact with other growers and learn about what grows best in their area with the duos new app, GrowIt!

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April 1, 2014

Two Students Awarded $10,000 American Floral Endowment Scholarships

The American Floral Endowment chose two students for the 2014 Paul Ecke Jr. Scholarship. Learn more about the recipients.

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February 18, 2014

Sedan Floral Rebuilds A Customer Base From Scratch

Sedan Floral lived and nearly died by its old chain store business model. Jonathan Cude says forgetting everything he knew about the greenhouse business and starting over has the operation growing — and profitable — once again.

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February 18, 2014

Sedan Floral Reinvents Its Customer Base And Its Business [Slideshow]

Sedan Floral, a Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Grower in Sedan, Kan., was faced with some tough decisions seven years ago. After losing most of the business from two major chain store customer accounts and struggling to pick up the pieces for several years, Sedan’s leadership cut production significantly and reinvented the operation to appeal to a much broader customer base of independent garden centers. That strategy has slowly but surely returned the operation to profitability. A willingness to change everything was necessary for the long-term survival of the company, says Sedan president and CEO Jonathan Cude. “If the current business model you’re using fails to work, be willing to stop, press reset on your brain, erase everything and start over,” Cude says. “Be open to change. “It’s cliché. Everybody says it. But that’s what we did. And it’s working.” In the slideshow below, get a look inside the operation, including […]

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December 30, 2013

Scholarship Supports Ph.D. Graduate’s Research

The inaugural Richard T. Meister Scholarship was awarded to Jared Barnes during his Ph.D. candidacy at North Carolina State University, where he focused on quantifying factors that affect soilless substrate pH.

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December 18, 2013

GROW Report 2013: A Year In Review

Greenhouse Grower’s GROW program is designed to provide ideas and insight from our industry and elsewhere to help build floriculture’s future. Some of the best growers, suppliers, breeders, researchers and teachers in the industry provided actionable ideas for GROW’s five key concepts: Drive consumer success Demand quality Sharpen business management Cultivate new customers Invest in the industry     Here are links to some of the highlights from our GROW coverage in 2013: 30 More Years Of Greenhouse Growth Is Within Our Grasp Predicting The Future Of Your Business [Opinion] GROW Summit Focuses On Engaging The Next Generation National Floriculture Forum 2014 Planned For May 13-14, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba Field Trials Help Deliver The Right Plant For Every Customer [Opinion] David Roberts Wins BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship How To Appeal To Small-Space Gardeners How Does Gen Y Buy? Industry, Academia Work Together To Inspire Future Generations Of Breeders Recruiting Future […]

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Laura Drotleff (right) and Robin Siktberg

December 2, 2013

Change And The Next 30 Years Of The Greenhouse Industry [Opinion]

The December 2013 issue of Greenhouse Grower is all about change. Change for you and your greenhouse business and for our industry as a whole. Some changes will be no-brainers. Some will be hard. Some will take a lot of imagination and creativity. But they’re all changes for the better.

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GROW Summit 2013

December 2, 2013

GROW Summit 2013 Focuses On Engaging The Next Generation

As an industry, we must change the mindsets of our existing and potential customers. We also need to do some rethinking of our own. That was the prevailing message of Greenhouse Grower’s second GROW Summit.

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