GROWERTALKS - April 2020 Issue (Vol. 83 No. 12)
Acres & Acres
Keep Calm and Garden On
Chris Beytes
I see three ways that our products are an antidote to all of the ills COVID-19 has caused.
Cover Story
Expansion Stories
Jennifer Zurko
Many growers across North America are adding more space. We asked a handful of them why and what they’re doing with their new structures.
COVID-19
3 Tips for Talking to Your Team Amidst COVID-19
Mary Westbrook, Society of American Florists
During a recent webinar, human resources consultant Glenna Hecht shared these tips for leading your team in the coming weeks.
COVID-19
A First Look at Coronavirus Survival
Mark E. Battersby
Businesses, large and small, will benefit from the many newly-created programs.
COVID-19
Communications Strategies & Tips During Challenging Times
Pen & Petal
Communication, always key for successful businesses, now is as essential as agriculture itself. A few tips as you’re crafting your message and strategy.
COVID-19
Coronavirus Best Management Practices for the Green Industry
Thomas Ford, Penn State University Extension Educator
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted Americans and our world partners significantly.
COVID-19
COVID Stimulus Primer: Understanding the Relief Packages
Katie Butler, Society of American Florists
A $2 trillion COVID stimulus package is now law—and it includes targeted relief for small businesses, and specific mention of relief for “specialty crops” in agriculture.
COVID-19
COVID-19 Resources for You
Jennifer Zurko
For one convenient place to find information and resources on COVID-19, we’ve listed the ones we know of right here.
COVID-19
Need Help Holding Your Crops?
Bill Calkins
Ball Technical Experts have collaborated to develop a package of resources for growers forced to hold or delay crops due to slow retail uptake and order cancellations because of the COVID crisis.
COVID-19
New OSHA Enforcement Guidance on Respiratory Protection
FNGLA
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued “Enforcement Guidance for Respiratory Protection and the N95 Shortage Due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic” to OSHA regional administrators and state plan designees.
COVID-19
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
You can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at any lending institution that is approved to participate in the program through the existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) lending program and additional lenders approved by the Department of Treasury.
COVID-19
Paycheck Protection Program: Small Business Loan Guarantee & Forgiveness
Ben Bolusky, FNGLA
The Paycheck Protection Program’s application period opened last Friday, April 3.
COVID-19
Payroll Protection Refunding Rules
Mark E. Battersby
The new funding bill sets aside $30 billion of the additional PPP funds for loans to be made by federally insured lenders with assets between $10 billion and $50 billion.
COVID-19
Summary of CARES Act and Small Business Relief Provisions
Jennifer Zurko
Some background and information on the CARES Act and some practical advice that might assist you getting government assistance for your business.
Culture Notes
Growing Dahlightful Dahlias
Maria Zampini
With their rich, jewel-toned flowers contrasting against chocolate foliage, these dahlias are a perfect alternative to mums or zinnias for a late summer, early autumn grab-and-go solitary or mixed pot choice on retail shelves as consumers start thinking fall.
Features
Developing Skilled Labor, One Intern at a Time
Julie Martens Forney
The labor crisis is an industry-wide problem without a one-size-fits-all solution. The answer lies in creative thinking and the American Floral Endowment is embracing the challenge. By investing in student internships, AFE is cultivating a pool of skilled labor that you can draw from, and contribute to, by hosting an intern.The labor crisis is an industry-wide problem without a one-size-fits-all solution. The answer lies in creative thinking and the American Floral Endowment is embracing the challenge. By investing in student internships, AFE is cultivating a pool of skilled labor that you can draw from, and contribute to, by hosting an intern.
Features
Fall Is for Perennials, Too
Chris Fifo
Start planning now to sell perennials for fall along with your mums and pansies.
Features
Flex Your Greenhouse
Bill Calkins
Without building new ranges, growers get creative using space during peak seasons.
Features
Trucking Best Practices
Jennifer Zurko & Bill Calkins
The biggest challenges that growers are facing with distribution and how they’re working to handle them.
Growers Talk Business
Never Say You’re Sorry
Art Parkerson
There’s a formula for a good apology that too few people know and every apology needs three things.
Growers Talk Production
Trade Associations: What’s Their Value?
Austin Bryant
The health and prosperity of our state and national trade associations, and horticulture non-profit foundations directly correlates with how in-line our industry is with the newest members of its Millennial consumer base.
Growing With Griffin
Good to the Last Raindrop
Virginia Brubaker
How to protect crops through prolonged wet weather.
GT in Brief
AFE Research Proposals, Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is calling for research proposal applications for the 2020-2021 funding cycle.
GT in Brief
Energy Code Change Could Affect Greenhouses
Chris Beytes
Might some future code official require a Miami garden center to install a closed-weave shade system in their greenhouse to retain heat?
GT in Brief
Field to Vase Announces 2020 Dinners
Chris Beytes
For 2020, the cut flower promotion group announces four dinners so far scheduled, along with two more TBD.
GT in Brief
HRI Announces 2020 Grant Awards
Jennifer Zurko
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, announced the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2020.
GT in Brief
In Memorium: Pete Pike
Jennifer Zurko
Founder of Pike Nurseries, William “Pete” Pike, passed away on February 28 at age 90, surrounded by his family and close friends.
GT in Brief
NewGen Boxwood Introduced to the European Market
Jennifer Zurko
Saunders Genetics, LLC of North America and Dutch company van Vliet New Plants B.V. have agreed to a joint venture that begins a process leading to the eventual sale of Saunders Genetics’ patented NewGen Boxwood in the European consumer market.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Ball Seed; BioSafe Systems; Dramm Corporation; Dümmen Orange
GT in Brief
Orchid Endurance
Chris Beytes & Jennifer Zurko
Two generations of Hausermanns stand still just long enough for GrowerTalks to snap a family portrait before they scatter to tend to customers at Orchids by Hausermann’s 58th Annual Orchid Show & Sale.
GT in Brief
SNA Scholarships & New Board Members
Chris Beytes & Jennifer Zurko
Now is the time to get your hort student signed up for one of the Southern Nursery Association’s Sidney B. Meadows scholarships.
GT in Brief
The Three Rs of Irrigation
Chris Beytes
The experts at CleanwateR3.org are always promoting their research “reduce, remediate and recycle”—that’s what the “R3” indicates.
Inside Look
Getting Through the New & Unknown
Jennifer Zurko
As I write this, I’m currently hibernating during a three-week stay-at-home period because of COVID-19.
JZ on D.C.
Congressional Action Days: Less Voices, But Still Heard
Jennifer Zurko
The Society of American Florists’ 40th Annual Congressional Action Days may have been on the smaller side, but the people who were there were still able to get to Capitol Hill to have their voices heard.
Paul Talks Perennials
Paul’s PGR Primer
Paul Pilon
Guidelines on the reasons to apply PGRs and the benefits they provide when used effectively.
Pest Management
Basil Downy Mildew Field Observations
Stanton Gill
Basil downy mildew problems in the U.S. began in 2007 in Florida during the 2007 growing season. Since 2008, it’s become widespread in many states and has been reported in Canada and South America.
Under an Acre
A Scientific Approach to Horticulture
Anne-Marie Hardie
Aaron Fields, head of horticulture and general manager of the vertical greenhouse at Eden Green Technology in Cleburne, Texas, is a self-described journeyman who adopts a scientific approach to each role, immersing himself in research and data to reveal solutions that will propel the industry forward.
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