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Chris Beytes Editor

Editor of GrowerTalks, Green Profit magazine and the Acres Online e-newsletter, Chris has been in horticulture for over 30 years. He owned his own greenhouse - Indian River Ornamentals - in Merritt Island, Florida, after he graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in horticulture. He also had a minor in Journalism, so after he and his wife Laurie sold the greenhouse business, he started writing full-time, first for local publications in Florida and then moving to the Chicago area when he began writing for GrowerTalks. He's been with Ball Publishing for 25 years now and only thinks about retirement once in a while.  

Recent Articles

Front Lines
Unsolicited Seeds
Chris Beytes
Folks around the country have been receiving strange envelopes from China labeled “Jewelry” (even though they didn’t order jewelry from China) and upon opening the package they find it contains not jewelry, but an unidentified packet of seed.
Features
Cultivate From Home
Chris Beytes, Jennifer Zurko, Ellen C. Wells, Jennifer Polanz, Bill Calkins
Here’s what we saw and learned while we were clicking around the booths at Cultivate’20 Virtual.
GT in Brief
California Cut Flower Commission Suspended; Certified American Grown to Take Over
Chris Beytes
In a referendum back in April, California’s cut flower segment voted to suspend operation of the state’s Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) as of December 31.
GT in Brief
GrowerTalks Launches Greenhouse Podcasts
Chris Beytes
Got time on your hands and want to slap in some earbuds? Then check out TECH ON DEMAND, brought to you by GrowerTalks.
GT in Brief
Help Support AmericanHort
Chris Beytes
The big challenge for American-Hort is that Cultivate generates a significant part of their programming and operating expenses every year, and having to cancel the live event this past July put a big dent in their budget.
Acres & Acres
1,000
Chris Beytes
For the past 83 years and four months of continuous publishing, from the end of the Great Depression through WWII and various other conflicts, economic booms and downturns, and several energy crises, GrowerTalks has always remaining focused on one task: Helping you grow and sell better crops.
GT in Brief
Virtual Conference to Look at “Recovery from Crisis”
Chris Beytes
The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is organizing an all-day online conference September 15 called “Recovery from Crisis—the Future for Ornamentals."
GT in Brief
In Memoriam: Gary Falkenstein
Chris Beytes
Well-known horticulture industry executive Gary Falkenstein passed away June 5 from complications following surgery. He was 75.
GT in Brief
Costa Acquires DeLeon’s Bromeliads
Chris Beytes
In mid-June, Costa Farms announced the acquisition of Florida grower DeLeon’s Bromeliads.
GT in Brief
CAST Moves to June
Chris Beytes
The California Spring Trials, normally held in late March or early April, is officially moving to the end of June in 2021, making it the California Summer Trials.
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