October 21, 2015
Kate Santos Explains What The Sale Of Dümmen Orange To BC Partners Means To You
Over the weekend, Dümmen Orange announced that the Dümmen family has sold its majority stake in the Dutch flower breeding company Dümmen Orange to European private equity firm BC Partners. The deal is valued at more than $560 million, around 11 times its core earnings, according to a Reuters press release. The company, owned by the Dümmen family and investment firm H2 Equity partners, has locations all over the world, including farms in Central America and East Africa. This is BC Partners’ first foray into the flower business. We caught up with Kate Santos, operations director for Dümmen Orange, to find out how the company’s sale to BC Partners affects Dümmen Orange customers, if at all. Here’s what she told us: Why did the Dümmen family decide to sell their shares? Why to a private equity investment company? Similar to the reason that H2 sold its shares to BC Partners, all […]
October 18, 2015
Here’s How Sakata Seed America, National Garden Bureau And Others Give Back To The Industry
From fundraising for school salad bars to supplying plants for therapeutic gardens, organizations like Sakata Seed America, the National Garden Bureau, American Beauties Native Plants and Midwest Groundcovers are doing their part to promote plants through outreach and charitable giving.
October 13, 2015
Horticultural Propagation Company JRT Nurseries Purchases Provitro Bioscience
JRT Nurseries, a state-of-the-art propagation facility based in Canada, announced it has acquired Provitro Bioscience, located in Mt. Vernon, Wash. The purchase will position the company to better serve the horticultural market in the U.S. and Canada.
October 7, 2015
National Garden Bureau Names Four Crops For 2016 “Year Of The” Program
The National Garden Bureau announced four crop selections for its 2016 "Year Of The" program. New this year is the addition of a bulb crop class and a video created especially for the edibles class.
October 7, 2015
How BASF’s UK Biological Production Facility Expansion Affects U.S. Growers
BASF has expanded its biologicals production facility in Littlehampton, UK. The new capacity increases the company’s ability to double the production of beneficial nematodes and inoculants.
October 6, 2015
NASA Scientists To Discuss Indoor Agriculture Innovations That Could Be Used On Mars
The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environmental Agriculture Center (CEAC) will host Dr. Jacklyn Green, CEO and founder of Agate Biosciences, and Dr. Roger Kern, president and founder of Agate Biosciences: Science & Systems Engineering, on October 30, as part of its seminar series. Both Green and Kern are former NASA scientists and engineers, and they will discuss their continuing efforts to develop technology and seek innovations to address issues concerning urban indoor agriculture, with a potential for application on Mars. Through the creation of Agate Biosciences LLC, Kern and Green have turned their attention to earth-bound issues of food production, to provide advanced technologies for plant nutrition, biosecurity and the undertaking of scientifically based research in greenhouse design and controls systems, and in plant health under controlled environment agriculture. A recent NASA news release reports that the Mars Rover 2020 mission is planned to deliver an extensive array of instruments designed to explore the habitability […]
October 4, 2015
ePlantSource Adds 5 New Partner Companies
ePlantSource has announced an additional five companies that have been added to its partner distribution list. Not only do the additional partners offer more supplier options to ePlantSource customers, but the website now also provides a more diverse product list with the addition of bulbs, clematis and many new varieties. New partners added for the 2015 – 2016 season: A.D.R. Bulbs Lennon Farm Greenhouses Micandy Gardens Pacific Growers Roseville Farms “We make it a priority to respond to our customers, and we have had many requests for additional options and a more diverse product line, so we are continually evaluating suppliers that work well with our non-traditional approach to the sale of live goods,” says Gary Falkenstein, President and CEO of ePlantSource. “We feel that it is good for our company, our customers and the industry as a whole to keep looking forward and seeing how we can improve and expand how […]
October 3, 2015
4 New Hires And Promotions In Horticulture
Management restructuring and growth expansion have prompted several companies in the horticulture industry to bring on more help and promote qualified employees to new positions over the few several months. Here are four that have occurred during the months of July 2015 through September 2015.
October 3, 2015
BallSeed.com Goes Mobile-Friendly
BallSeed.com is now mobile-optimized. A new update features responsive design, quick access to WebTrack, an enhanced product search and more. Mobile-Friendly content and clear navigation make information more accessible to customers on-the-move and in the greenhouse.
September 28, 2015
Filmmakers Release “Field To Vase, The Documentary,” Supporting America’s Flower Farmers
“The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a series of meals set on flower farms across the country. Each dinner is curated by a local chef and floral designer, highlighting the region’s produce and flowers. This is the story of Santa Cruz, California.” These opening lines introduce “Field to Vase: Santa Cruz,” a new documentary filmed, written and produced by the Los Angeles-based husband-and-wife team, Hyunsoo Moon and Haejung Kim. This past June, Haejung and Moon traveled to Santa Cruz in pursuit of a visual narrative that had captured their creative imaginations. They were enamored with the storytelling potential of the Field to Vase Dinner Tour and wanted to document their observations on film. The result of their efforts is “Field to Vase: Santa Cruz,” a documentary about the American grown flower movement and the people involved in the floral renaissance that is taking place on farms and in flower […]
September 28, 2015
New #WomenInAg Infographics Show Impact Of Women In Agriculture In Every State
To celebrate and honor the contributions of women in agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is releasing a series of state-by-state infographics detailing the impact women have on agriculture in each state and across the country. You can share the infographics on social media or print them to help tell the story of women in ag in your state. “From the classroom to the farm to the boardroom, women in agriculture are helping to pave the way for a better future,” stated a USDA press release. “As leaders, it is our responsibility to make sure the next generation of women are educated, encouraged and empowered to take on the challenges of meeting the world’s growing food, fuel and fiber needs.” Over the past few months, USDA has been featuring the powerful stories of women in agriculture on its blog. By following the #womeninag tag on the USDA blog, you […]
September 25, 2015
Steve Castorani Of North Creek Nurseries Receives The Perennial Plant Association’s 2015 Grower Award
The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) awarded seven recipients with the 2015 PPA Special Awards for outstanding leadership in the perennial industry on July 28, 2015 at the Perennial Plant Symposium and Trade Show in Baltimore, Md. Among the recipients was Steve Castorani, owner of North Creek Nursery, who received PPA's 2015 Grower award.