September 26, 2007

GROWER TOOL: Greenhouse Heating Guide

Roberts-Gordon, LLC, in Buffalo, N.Y., is offering free copies of its guide, “Gas-Fired, Infrared Heating For Greenhouses. This manual is a concise, 60-page educational resource for commercial greenhouse growers, suppliers and heating professionals. To download the guide, go to

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June 27, 2007

Virtual Greenhouse

Build the perfect greenhouse or upgrade your existing facilities by experimenting via computer. Find out how much it costs to heat with different fuels, heating schedules, heaters, building designs and materials. Download the software developed by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Toledo, Ohio, at:

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May 16, 2007

Fire At Bonnie Plant Farm

A fire broke out Monday afternoon at Bonnie Plant Farm’s greenhouses in Nora Springs, Iowa, resulting in the loss of $45,000 worth of tomatoes, flowers and herbs. For the news story, visit:

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March 7, 2007

BFG Acquires Kalamazoo Supply Division

BFG Supply Co. in Burton, Ohio, has acquired the horticultural supply division of the Kalamazoo Valley Plant Growers Cooperative. The cooperative of about 60 growing operations will continue to produce and market finished plants for retailers and remain independent. Only the supply division is involved in the transaction. For the complete news release go to

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February 21, 2007

Growers And Retailers Share Snow Stories

On The Radio In Buffalo We are a full-service retail florist in Buffalo, N.Y., with a half acre of greenhouses. We had our localized storm on Oct. 12 and 13, where 22 inches of snow brought down tree branches that had not shed their leaves. Eighty percent of the area was without power for several days and we lost 240 panes in the greenhouses. Hortica Insurance took care of this nicely. For Valentine’s Day, we had about 400 deliveries to make in one day. The threat of the storm was frightening, but love must prevail. Our talk radio station, WBEN, where we were advertising called my brother Frank (the oice in our ads and dispatcher of our drivers) on Tuesday afternoon to ask if they could do an on-air phone interview on Valentine’s morning, which he agreed to. The next morning they announced they would be interviewing Frank Mischler of […]

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January 17, 2007

Online Biodiesel Information Available From John Deere

Lenexa, Kansas, January 4, 2007 – John Deere announced that it has expanded content on its Web site to provide information on biodiesel and other biofuel topics that are important to producers and others in agriculture. The John Deere biofuels information can be accessed at and contains a detailed biofuels reference report and 6.5-minute video that overviews John Deere’s position on the use of biodiesel. “John Deere has been an early advocate for biodiesel and continues to actively support its use,” says Don Borgman, director of agricultural industry relations for John Deere. “We believe that supporting the use of 2 percent biodiesel (B2) is a logical first step for the industry until challenges with production, quality and distribution are addressed. “The biodiesel content on the Web site will help provide farmers and others interested in biofuels with more detailed information on this topic and John Deere’s position on how […]

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