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F ireFly Energy is offering a new Green Program that will allow customers to reduce their environmental footprint. FireFly Energy is helping its natural gas customers become carbon-neutral by investing in initiatives that reduce carbon dioxide.
Seminis is now using the Monsanto facilities located in Chatham, Ontario, to distribute seed to Canadian greenhouse growers.
In June, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency published new compensation regulations to cover the losses of nursery producers, wholesale, retail, landscape and private property owners in cases where the CFIA ordered plants destroyed in the effort to eradicate Phytophthora ramorum (P. ramorum or Sudden Oak Death).
The “What’s New – Cool New Stuff Trial” is about to make its debut in and around the Niagara region of Ontario. This completely free event, being held Aug. 9-10, is sponsored by the Canadian Ornamental Plant Foundation, Greenhouse Grower and Greenhouse Canada.
P otted plants will be the focus of a 10-week night school course for commercial flower growers this fall, sponsored by Flowers Canada Ontario.
Along with the same great trade show, seminar program, new products display area and bus tour attractions, this year’s CanWest Hort Show has added a few new wrinkles. The show, now in its 26th year, is held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Show dates are Sept. 12-13, with bus tours on Sept. 14. Making their debut next month are:
OFA: An Association of Floriculture Professionals will begin managing the Southeast Greenhouse Conference in October.
The Home Depot Inc. has announced it will put labels on products in its U.S. stores identifying those considered environmentally friendly, matching a program started in Canada in 2004.
ALBRIGHTON, England (Reuters) – Sales in the gardening industry in the U.K. grew to a retail turnover of over £5 billion in 2006 with nearly half of that being spent on horticultural stock, says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. has launched a law suit against TerraCycle Inc., claiming the startup company has copied its packaging and falsely advertised its plant food as superior.
The B.C. Agricultural Council named Bevo Farms the Showcase Farm of the Year.  The award is given to farms that are open to the public or the media to showcase and promote the industry.
The Mid-States Horticultural Expo, held this year from Jan. 4-5 in Louisville, Kentucky, attracted 2,132 attendees, a five-per cent increase from 2006.
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, Inc. (ASCFG) has released its 2007 Buyers’ Guide. Featured are cut flower growers from the U.S. and Canada who supply to retail and wholesale buyers, event planners, and floral designers.
Growers attending the OFA Short Course (July 14-17 in Columbus, Ohio) will find solutions to many of their business challenges. The sessions are divided into ‘greenhouse production,’ ‘greenhouse advanced’ and ‘greenhouse survival’ tracks. An all-day tour will serve as an on-theroad learning lab on July 14.
Some 200 growers from across Ontario attended the 14th annual Grower Appreciation Reception hosted by Specialties Robert Legault.
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