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How Many Dollars Are Falling Off Your Greenhouse Bench?

Author: Paul Thomas Losing plants to disease and insects, nutrition or neglect happens to all of us. Our goal for publishing the e-Gro series of alerts and seminars is to give you advanced awareness of issues and potential way to address them.  Still, losses happen, and in my recent greenhouse…
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Changes to the Worker Protection Standard

by Joseph LaForest I  thought that many of you may be interested in recent changes to the Worker protection Standard.  EPA put out a good comparison chart which is in the PDF. http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf   Here are what they list as the major revisions include Annual mandatory training to inform farmworkers on…
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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Building Local Alliances: Growers & Retail Garden Centers

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION led by Dr. Ted Bilderback Building Local Alliances: Growers & Retail Garden Centers It can be challenging to connect local growers with local garden centers. Dr. Bilderback shared how one association (Johnston County Nursery Marketing Association, North Carolina) has approached this issue and then lead a roundtable discussion…
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Managing Your Nursery’s Brand Online

Managing Your Nursery’s Brand Online Meg Cloud, Social Media Strategist, Stark Bro’s Nursery & Orchards Co., Louisiana, MO Do you feel overwhelmed by social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook? How should you use it to expand the brand of your nursery? Stark Bro’s social media expert Meg Cloud…
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Robots in Nursery Production

If you want a glimpse into the future, check out the action in a drab warehouse in Billerica, Mass. That’s where a start-up called Harvest Automation is working out new robots that could wipe out an entire category of agricultural labor. Harvest sells small, battery-powered robots that move potted trees…
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Estimating the Wholesale Cost of Nursery Production

Estimating the Wholesale Cost of Nursery Production Tom Fernandez, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing Understanding nursery costs helps growers improve cost management and production efficiency. Accurate cost estimation helps growers set prices that enable them to recover costs and maintain profitability. Dr. Fernandez shares a new spreadsheet tool…
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The Economic Outlook for the Green Industry in 2012-13

In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will provide projections for the economy in 2013 and how the economy will impact the green industry next year. Special post-election commentary will forecast what effects might be expected given the so-called fiscal cliff that is looming. Title: “The Economic Outlook for the Green…
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Upcoming Webinar Focuses on AGR-Lite Crop Insurance

Understanding Whole-Farm Insurance for Specialized, Diversified Farms The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will offer a webinar on Thursday, June 28, to explain Adjusted Gross Revenue Lite (AGR-Lite)— a unique, federally subsidized crop-insurance product that holds great promise to serve the needs of smaller, diverse, specialty crop, organic, and…
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