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Last call for this year’s National Floriculture Forum




The EXTENDED early-bird registration for the next National Floriculture Forum on March 10-11, 2011 in Dallas, Texas ends today! The registration link is on the main NFF website, but you can go directly to the registration page for the meeting by going to https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/events/details.cfm?id=679.  After today, the registration fee increases to $150. Information regarding the host hotel (Omni Dallas Park West Hotel) is also included on the registration page (click here). The hotel cutoff date is next Wednesday, February 16, 2011 but it is recommended that you register… Read More →




Pawlow to address water management issues




COLLEGE STATION — Jonathan R. “Jon” Pawlow will be the Distinguished Lecturer for the eighth Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University on Oct. 27. His topic will be “Emerging Water Resources Issues — What are the Trends? What are the Policy options?” Pawlow is counsel for the water resources and environment subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He is responsible for matters within the subcommittee’s jurisdiction relating to water pollution control and water infrastructure, wetlands, hazardous waste cleanup, and… Read More →




America in Bloom receives award




America in Bloom has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll, a national awards program sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C. The prestigious awards program recognizes associations that propel America forward – with innovative projects in education, skills training, standards setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship, and community service. Although association activities have a powerful impact on everyday life, they often go unnoticed by the general public. “America in Bloom’s program truly… Read More →




Last chance to register for Seeley Conference




The 25th annual Seeley conference is only 2 weeks away (June 26-29, 2010 in Ithaca, NY) and there are a few seats left. This year’s theme is: Floriculture’s Environmental Footprint: An Inconvenient Truth or Consumer Opportunity? For several years, we’ve heard about global warming and climate change as issues we need to address. Of course, the real issues revolve around what it means for the bottom line for our individual businesses. How will the outcomes of the current legislative debate impact us?  Are there modifications we need to… Read More →




The nature of Extension Service delivery and partnerships in the future?




An “Ask an Expert” partnership of the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service (ACES), eXtension, and Bonnie Plants is now operational. A new ACES position, Outreach Programs Administrator, funded by Bonnie Plants was filled earlier this month to handle incoming questions. The Ask an Expert widget is now up and running on the Bonnie Plants home page and on their other pages with how-to-grow content. As reported on May 20, fifteen questions have already been received in the last few days (a dozen in the last 24 hours) from nine… Read More →




NAHSA meeting upbeat




Taking a moment to catch my breath before my next flight, I was reflecting on comments made during last week’s meeting of the North American Horticultural Suppliers Association, otherwise known as NAHSA. This group of manufacturers and distributors is always a delight to interact with and, as usual, I ended up learning a great deal from networking with the group and the other invited speakers. Here are a few tidbits from the meeting: Our economy will recover (because it always has) and because Americans work harder than any… Read More →




New IPM blog available




The East Texas Nursery and Nursery Greenhouse IPM Program has recently added another method to distribute information — the “East Texas Nursery and Greenhouse IPM Program Blog” at http://etipm.blogspot.com/. This site will have regular updates regarding advances in greenhouse and nursery pest management, meeting information, efficacy study results and newsletters. If you would like to have updates emailed directly to you the day they are posted, go to http://etipm.blogspot.com/ and simply enter your email address.




Gas vs. Education: Which is the better deal?




It has often been touted that education is the key to economic development. Perhaps, one caveat should be added: quality education is the key to economic development. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released its 14th edition of the Report Card on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis, which covers the school years 1985-1986 thru 2006-2007. This comprehensive guide ranks the educational performance of the school systems in the states and the District of Columbia with Minnesota placing first and the District of Columbia last. Findings include: Based on… Read More →