Category Archives: Business

Affordable Health Care Act – Resources for Growers

I’ve recently been following a national online conversation between Extension Agents concerning the Affordable Health Care Act. They have uncovered a number of resources that I’d like to share: First here’s the original bill. The part that deals with … Continue reading

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Business Marketing and Management Seminar

Winfield Solutions will host a business seminar at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Balm on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Dr. Charlie Hall from Texas A&M and Dr. Alan Hodges from the University of Florida will … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Events, Growers

2010 Census Data on Interactive Maps

The New York Times recently released an interactive 2010 census map that shows population data for every county in the country at .  The map is color- coded so that you can easily determine which counties have increased or decreased in population since … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Trends

Scam Alert: Fraudulent USDA Letters

Greenhouse Management posted this scam alert last week: Growers are being targeted by a new scam, Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) and other industry groups reported. A letter, which appears to be from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is making the rounds. … Continue reading

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New Nursery/Greenhouse Publications From UF/IFAS

Dieffenbachia Diseases: Identification and Control in Commercial Greenhouse Operations (PP286) Dieffenbachia is among the top 10 most popular plants produced by commercial foliage growers in Florida. This 4-page fact sheet provides guidelines to identify and treat diseases that may be … Continue reading

Posted in Business, News, Pests, Plants, Research

NASS Cutbacks

The USDA’s National Agriculture Statistical Service (NASS) announced last week that it is discontinuing or reducing a wide range of agricultural survey programs due to funding reductions.  The notice is here: Following deliberate reviews of all its programs, the agency made … Continue reading

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Alabama Considers Using Inmates as Farm Workers

USA Today reports ( that Alabama’s tough new immigration laws have forced many Hispanic farm workers, both legal and illegal, to leave the state. The immediate result was that some crops were left rotting in the fields. Other crops, ready … Continue reading

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