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Jennifer Zurko Managing Editor

Managing Editor of GrowerTalks magazine. Before Jen joined the Ball Publishing team, she worked in the Marketing Department for Ball Horticultural Company. But her first love (and what she actually went to school for) is journalism, so she’s been happy to be doing the two things she loves: writing, reporting and talking to people in the industry. When she’s not handling the day-to-day business of cranking out a magazine (and keeping Beytes in check), she can be found hanging out at home with her husband, Doug, and daughter, Olivia. They spend a lot of time with friends and family and can often be seen attending concerts and sporting events—especially to cheer on the Chicago Bears (for better or worse), Cubs and Blackhawks. She's a huge music lover and has been known to sing a karoke tune or two.

Recent Articles

Tricks
Crescent City Garden Center
Jennifer Zurko
Crescent City Garden Center: Plant-y Puns; Giving Love to Local; Mood Lighting; Privacy, Please; Curtain Call
JZ on D.C.
JZ on D.C.
Jennifer Zurko
Making the tax code more business-friendly; Lobbying events—CAD & Impact Washington; How the House turnover will affect us; New Farm Bill passes
Features
From Beets to Baskets
Jennifer Zurko
The success of Virginia grower Cros-B-Crest Farm has been led by both history and embracing change.
GT in Brief
On The Move
Jennifer Zurko
Abbott-Ipco; American Beauties; Argus Controls; Dümmen Orange; Henry F. Michell Co.
GT in Brief
AFE Appoints New Chairman and Trustees
Jennifer Zurko
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced that Jim Daly, VP of Floralife/Smithers-Oasis has been elected to serve a two-year term as AFE Chairman.
GT in Brief
College Students Become Flower Farmers for Float Creation
Jennifer Zurko
This past fall, students from Cal Poly Universities harvested marigolds, strawflower and statice grown from seeds that adorned Cal Poly’s 2019 float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.
Inside Look
Reboots, Remember Whens & Whatever Happened Tos
Jennifer Zurko
Jen White’s cover story got me thinking about “remember whens” and “whatever happened tos” because these are the questions she answers regarding alternative energy.
Features
Stuff We Love
Ellen C. Wells, Jennifer Zurko, Jennifer Polanz & Chris Beytes
Every year the editors pick products, concepts or trends that we dig. Here’s what we chose this year.
Features
Going with Plan B … and C
Jennifer Zurko
The 23rd annual Wage & Benefit Survey: When Plan A of trying to find people to fill greenhouse jobs doesn’t pan out, you’ve been forced to invest in more automation to pick up the slack.
Features
Could You Get Hacked?
Jennifer Zurko
Some tips on how to protect your customers’ info and how one company dealt with a cyber-attack.
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