Author Archives: Charlie

Upcoming immigration webinar!




Please register for Everything You NEED to Know about Immigration 2015! on Mar 24, 2015 10:00 AM CDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3062479997421126914 In this webinar, Craig Regelbrugge will provide an update of the immigration issue facing the green industry, what efforts are underway to attempt to influence policy, the effects of President Obama’s executive order, and the impacts on the green industry. Craig Regelbrugge serves as AmericanHort’s senior vice president, where he is responsible for industry advocacy and research programs. Formally known as the American Horticulture Industry Association, AmericanHort launched… Read More →




The Economic Outlook for 2015




Join us for a webinar on Feb 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM CST. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6131799691013753346 In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will present his annual economic outlook for the green industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the sectors in the economy that have a direct impact on grower, landscape service provider, and retail sales. Dr. Hall will also hone in on some key dates that will be important to look out for this year and he will also suggest a dashboard of indicators that all green… Read More →




America in Bloom Raffle




Wouldn’t it feel good to put $5,000; $1,000, or even $500 in your pocket? Be sure to purchase an AIB raffle ticket in 2014, you just might be one of the lucky cash prize winners! You do not need to be present to win. Plus, proceeds from the raffle help fund the AIB program! It’s super simple — just go to http://www.americainbloom.org/Support-AIB/Annual-Raffle.aspx and enter today! Want to do more? Consider being an America in Bloom sponsor. It is a program that is working directly on your behalf to bolster… Read More →




The economic outlook for 2014




Join us for a Webinar on January 17 In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will present his annual economic outlook for the green industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the sectors in the economy that have a direct impact on grower, landscape service provider, and retail sales. Dr. Hall will also hone in on some key dates that will be important to look out for this year and he will also suggest a dashboard of indicators that all green industry firms should be tracking to better monitor… Read More →




Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops




The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide is designed to help growers identify and promote exceptional management practices, methods and procedures. Any of these management practices can be implemented regardless of nursery size or location, and empowers container and field-grown plant producers to operate at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness while implementing proactive management practices necessary to produce plants with minimal environmental impact. This ever-popular guide has become recognized as the undisputed benchmark for horticultural BMPs in the U.S. with more than 6,000 copies in use today. The Best Management Practices Guide, v 1.0 was published in… Read More →




Managing Water Quality in the Green Industry




Dr. Rosa Raudales, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut. Growers are increasingly capturing irrigation water in ponds or tanks to avoid runoff into the environment. However, re-applying this water to crops increases the risk of distributing plant pathogens. Dr. Raudales recently completed her multidisciplinary PhD studies at the University of Florida, which focused on ways to help growers select the best water treatment technology, such as filtration, chlorination, or copper ionization. Rosa’s project exposed her to many fields, including surveying methods, economic analysis, plant pathology, and horticulture. Her outreach… Read More →




Applications now being accepted for EAGL 2014




StandPoint, Inc. announces the open application process for the second year of the Executive Academy for Growth & Leadership (EAGL) – a one year horticultural business certificate program conducted in partnership with Texas A&M University for nursery & greenhouse growers, culminating in a continuing education Certificate in Applied Horticultural Business Management from Texas A&M University. Applications can be submitted online at www.eaglpro.com EAGL is a one-year executive education program, developed specifically for growers in the nursery & greenhouse production industry. It is the product of a multi-year design… Read More →




Landscapes for life




I am passing on a link for an excellent article Kelli Rodda just posted in Nursery Management summarizing the Sustainable Sites Initiative. Those of you selling into the landscape market will be particularly interested. Click HERE to go to the article.




Using Promotion to Increase Your Value Proposition




Join us for a webinar on September 24! Dr. Marvin Miller, market research manager of Ball Horticultural Company, will discuss a case study of how one garden center tackled the challenge of a widespread disease infestation in its market area to reinforce its value as an information source and replace the sales of one of its top lines. The net result was more customers, enhanced credibility, and increased total sales from effective advertising, publicity and public relations. Dr. Marvin N. Miller is market research manager for Ball Horticultural… Read More →




Upcoming webinar: Implications of Local or Organic Plant Labeling on Plant Sales in the Green Industry




Join us for a webinar on August 14! In this webinar, Dr. Ben Campbell of the University of Connecticut will discuss the value of local and organic labels on the likelihood of consumers purchasing plants, as well as their willingness to pay any price premiums for them. Are there segments of consumers that would respond more positively to these attributes? Does it make a difference if we’re talking about edibles versus ornamentals? Join us in this webinar to find out the answers to these questions and more! Dr…. Read More →