Aug. 25, 2008 - In the U.S. the cost of soil has increased at many garden centres, costing on average at least a dollar more than this time last year. The Washington Post reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 25, 2008, Ottawa, Ont. - The value of Canadian retail sales climbed 0.5 per cent in June due to soaring gasoline prices, but in volume terms sales fell, indicating consumer spending is slowing but not enough to drag the economy into recession.
Aug. 25, 2008 - Consumer prices rose 3.4 per cent in July 2008 compared with July 2007, an increase from the 3.1 per cent rise recorded in the 12 months to June 2008. Higher gasoline prices continued to exert the strongest upward pressure on consumer prices.
August 22, 2008 - Due in part to greater demand for its greenhouse-grown tomatoes after a salmonella warning imposed on tomatoes this spring, Vancouver hothouse company Village Farms has boosted its second quarter revenues by a third.
August 22, 2008 - Metro Vancouver doesn't want to look like it's being unfair to the greenhouse industry, says Delta's mayor. Read the full story from The Delta Optimist.
Aug. 22, 2008 - Canadian lawn-care companies say it's costing them more to wage war against weeds as pesticide bans spring up across the country. The Business Edge reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 19, 2008 - If you think that a sprinkler is just a device for getting water onto your grass with a minimum of fuss, you haven’t seen the latest trend in garden art.
Aug.15, 2008 - On the World Wide Web, consumers are now in the driver's seat as they have the ability to rant or rave about your retail services on their blog, through a social networking site or via video postings. has more on "customer-generated media" and how it will affect your business. | READ MORE
Aug. 15, 2008, Glen Haven, N.S. — Farmers in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are now earning less than at any time in the last four decades – so little, in fact, that rural communities in both provinces are at serious risk.
Aug. 15, 2008, Surrey, B.C. – Seasonal workers at Greenway Farms Ltd. in Surrey, B.C. have unionized after a majority of ballots cast said “yes” to representation by UFCW Canada.

Seasonal workers at B.C. farm join UFCW
Seasonal workers at Greenway Farms Ltd. in Surrey, B.C., have unionized after a majority of ballots cast said “yes” to representation by UFCW Canada.
Aug. 14, 2008 - Proven Winners is hosting a grower-to-grower talk on Sept. 12 in the Rosemont, Il. to address the ever-changing industry and discuss issues in the industry. For more information, visit the company's website. | READ MORE
Aug. 14 - College graduates have added “green” to the list of factors such as salary, location and benefits in their job search. They are looking for a company where they can not only contribute from day one, but where that company will also represent environmental values and educate employees on these issues. The Lansing State Journal reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 14, 2008 - There's a new green group of consumers emerging. "Precyclers" are consumers who aren't content with just throwing cans and bottles in the recycling bin. Instead this group is looking to avoid excess packaging and waste so they will have less to recycle in the first place. reports. | READ MORE
Aug. 12, 2008, Niagara Region, Ont. – An Agriculture Enterprise category will debut with this year’s Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. This award acknowledges outstanding entrepreneurial achievement within the agricultural sector.

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