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Florida Nursery and Landscape Industry’s Impact on Economy Soars 

Florida nursery and landscape industry sales soared to a record $15.2 billion last year despite being pummeled by the eight major hurricanes that hit the Sunshine State in 2004 and 2005...

Homebuilding Market Hits a High Note in September as Housing Market Starts Rebound 

Nationwide housing starts in September regained the ground they lost in a steep decline the previous month. September housing starts rose 5.9 percent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.77 million units...

Bayer Environmental Science Launches Plant Health Lab 

Bayer Environmental Science recently dedicated a laboratory at its Research and Training Center to study methods of evaluating and measuring plant health. The laboratory was established as part of a plant health initiative Bayer has launched in cooperation with ...

Arbor Day Mini-Grants Available 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance are now accepting applications for Arbor Day mini-grants....

Perennial Plant Associations Announces Results of Officer Elections 

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) recently elected new officers to its board of directors. The elections were held at the Perennial Plant Symposium in Montreal, Quebec, in July. This years newly elected officers are as follows:...

Rain Bird Kicks Off Its 11th Straight ‘Run for the Roses’ 

Rain Bird Corp. officially began its 11th consecutive “run for the roses” recently with the unveiling of a color rendering of its 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade float entry, titled Natural Beauties...

Bomag Americas Appoints Randecker as President, Simpkins to Retire 

Jerry Randecker has been appointed president of Bomag Americas effective Oct. 1. Randecker succeeds Charles M. Simpkins, who is retiring after more than 15 years with the company...

Barenbrug USA Hires New Export/Seed Position Manager 

Sam Cable joins Barenbrug with three years of seed trading and marketing experience in both the United States and international seed industry....

New-Home Sales Bounce Back In August 

Sales of new single-family homes rose 4.1 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.050 million units, following substantial downward revisions to the sales rate for the previous three months...

Bayer Environmental Science Funds Research on Fairy Ring 

Bayer Environmental Science recently announced that it will fund a graduate research assistant to study fairy ring on turfgrass at North Carolina State University (NCSU). The researcher...

Shapemasters, Inc. Becomes GCBAA Charter Member 

GCBAA recently granted Charter Member status to Shapemasters, Inc., certified general contractor specializing in golf course construction. Charter Membership is reserved for GCBAA members who demonstrate ...

Indiana Landscape Professional Wins Toro Dingo Compact Utility Loader 

The Toro Company announced that Michael Martin of M&M Lawncare in Evansville, Ind., has won a free Toro Dingo TX 413 compact utility loader and bucket attachment being given away as part of Toro’s recent Dingo promotional campaign...

James Bond Drives New Holland in New Casino Royale Movie 

New Holland makes its silver screen debut with the Nov. 17 release of the latest James Bond film, “Casino Royale.” The Bond production company ...

Zeba Selects Ed Clark as New Manager for Pacific Northwest 

Absorbent Technologies, Inc. (ATI), the parent of the Zeba brand of starch-based super absorbent soil amendments, recently announced the appointment of Ed Clark as its new director for the Pacific Northwest region. ...

Barenbrug USA Announces Christiaan Arends as Turf Product Manager 

Christiaan Arends joins Barenbrug with three years of product management experience in the European Turf industry. During this time, Arends was an integral member of the export department for Barenbrug Holland...

New-Home Construction Declines 6.0 Percent in August 

Total housing starts dropped 6.0 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.665 million units, according to figures released by the Commerce Department today. ...

Dow’s Calcium Chloride Business Enters Centennial 

Few businesses can boast of lasting 100 years. However, in 2007, Dow’s calcium chloride business will be among them. One of Dow’s original product lines, calcium chloride, continues to be a valued business, with sales in the hundreds of thousands of tons each year. ...

STMA Selects San Jose for 2009 Conference 

At the summer board of directors meeting of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the board approved locating the 2009 Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Jose, Calif. This site is part of the east-to-west rotation pattern that STMA has ...

David Rowles Appointed President of Bobcat Americas 

David Rowles has been appointed president, Bobcat Americas, according to Richard Pedtke, president, Ingersoll Rand Compact Vehicle Technologies. Bobcat Company is a business of Ingersoll Rand, a diversified industrial firm...

The Toro Company Announces the 2007 Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program 

The Toro Company recently announced the fifth annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In January 2007, the selected student will travel, all expenses paid, to Miami to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest day in football, the Super Bowl....

Jim Kirchdorfer Receives the Perry Dye Service Award 

The Perry Dye Service Award is presented periodically by the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) to recognize a member who has unselfishly contributed above and beyond ...

Mid-Am’s Midwinter Conference Offers Well-Rounded Education 

The Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show (Mid-Am) has revealed the link up for the Midwinter Conference scheduled to take place Jan. 17-19 at Lakeside Center in Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center...

Green Is the New Color for Fall 

As the nation’s homeowners greet the first day of fall, they’re also bracing for an anticipated hike in their heating bills. Now, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Model Green Home Building Guidelines ...

PLANET Announces Certification Exam Schedule 

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently announced the dates and locations where the examinations for the Certified Landscape Professional-Interior and Exterior...

Perennial Plant Association Announces 2006 Research Grant Recipients 

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) recently announced four research grant recipients for 2006. Research grants are available to any recognized non-profit entity in the United States or Canada....

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