Assessing the potential impact of free trade with Colombia.

Sept. 30, 2008 - The spookiest holiday of the year may bring a bit of needed relief to consumers and retailers. According to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, more U.S. consumers plan to celebrate the holiday this year (64.5 per cent vs. 58.7 per cent).
Sept. 30, 2008 - One Halifax school has found that a vegetable garden has the potential to produce a considerable amount of food, but it also teaches lessons that are even more valuable to the children helping to grow the plants. The Telegraph Journal reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 30, 2008 - A small vegetable garden can encourage children to both eat nutritiously and start an early interest in gardening according to an Associated Press story by Dean Fosdick.
September 30, 2008, Tucson – Find out about the latest greenhouse environmental design, systems and solutions at the International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions from Oct. 20-24 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa.
During his now famous 2006 lecture, “Fifty Million Farmers,” Richard Heinberg1 expanded on the issue of peak oil and the need to move back to a more locally based agricultural system.
Industry news
The North American Greenhouse/Hothouse Vegetable Growers (NAGHVG), an association formed after three years of research and review to protect and support superior standards of excellence in food safety and quality, has developed its own certification standards.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Armstrong Garden Centers in U.S. has opened a new store designed for its next generation of customers.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Despite a small uptick in Canadian retail sales in July, the retail sector is not likely to heat up any time soon, economists say, pointing to weakening consumer confidence, cooling housing and labour markets and a volatile worldwide financial sector. The Toronto Star reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 29, Toronto - Credit card fees, inventory management, employee attraction and retention, managing cash flow and marketing their business are the top five issues facing GTA's independent retailers.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Lowe's Cos. Inc. told investors last week it is scaling down the size of most new stores and eyeing even smaller locations in some rural areas as it tries to operate more efficient sites. The Globe and Mail reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 29, 2008 - Wal-Mart Canada Corp. today joined all Wal-Mart operations worldwide in a global commitment to reduce plastic shopping bag waste by an average of 33 per cent per store by 2013.
Sept. 29, 2008 - Fafard recently announced a new commercial partnership with Nutrite during the company's open house event on Aug. 27.
Sept. 26, 2008 - Big-box stores and national chains may be front-and-centre when it comes to visibility, but they actually account for a minority of all the retail establishments in Canada. Small retailers can thrive if they try and work their independent advantages. The Ottawa Citizen reports. | READ MORE

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