Exporters are feeling the pinch as the loonie continues to rise in value compared to the U.S. dollar. Economists expect the trend to continue for some time.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Over the past year we have witnessed a number of changes to the Canadian Agricultural Income Stabilization (CAIS) program. While the changes may have improved the program for the average farmer, there is minimal net new benefit for greenhouse operators.

Growers throughout the world enrolled in the Dutch-based MPS program are finding it as good for their balance sheets as it is for the environment.
Garden Globe Awards: “And the winner is…”  On the question of pricing, are we selling ourselves short? Of course we are.
The growing issue of sustainability.  "Retailers are probably a step or two ahead of growers on this issue."
Ultimately, the choice between the accrual and cash basis methods of computing income should be based upon the particulars of your business at year-end, the stage of development of your business, and the length of your product cycles.
Having friends in high places.  "Challenges are well presented in the Ontario Greenhouse Alliance report."
The importance of Section 12.  "Having a unified voice, with stable funding, is crucial to industry’s future."
When Paul Morris, owner and operator of Acorus Restoration in Walsingham, Ont., took a booth at Toronto’s Flower and Garden show Canada Blooms, he met a wide range of gardeners who wanted to know more about native plants.
It is the nature of the business. Being seasonal in orientation, garden centres largely employ younger, part-time staff on summer leave from school. The reasons are obvious: they represent a ready pool of available labour, and generally come cheaper than more mature staff.
The Home Depot Introduces Eco Options
Appeasing a Plug Puller
The Home Depot announces management changes
For a while this past winter it looked as though we would be putting in our gardens by February! Weather logs confirm that the 15 warmest years on record since 1867 have all happened since 1980 and statistically, that is no coincidence.

With the hectic Christmas season behind us, and spring rush still months away, January and February are the best time to ponder the past year with an eye towards change.

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