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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Crossing Ecuadorian borders, gaining foothold in Colombia

Farm management software Unosof expands in South America

"Significantly improve the way farms are managed and operated through the use of technology." With this aim in mind, Jeremy Adams, Jeroen van Vliet and their colleagues started to develop farm management software 10 years ago. After 5 years, the web based software, Unosof, was finished and could be…

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All Saints Day: a freight forwarder perspective

On November 1st, with the arrival of “All Saints Day” in European catholic countries such as Italy and Spain, one of the year’s peak seasons for both floral industries in Ecuador and Colombia officially comes to an end. According to catholic tradition the first day of November is set to commemorate all the saints…

Australia: Biosecurity assurance for cut flower and foliage imports

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released a draft consultation report that confirms the enhanced import conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage that effectively manage the associated biosecurity risks. The report assessed the three main groups of arthropod pests arriving with these imports—thrips, aphids and…

"Brexit could leave wedding bouquets stuck at the border"

Far removed from the political posturing and brinkmanship that capture most of the attention in Britain’s long and tedious departure from the European Union, Yme Pasma is deeply enmeshed in the mother of all logistical problems. He is the chief operating officer of Royal FloraHolland, a marketplace where some 12…

US: Nine new varieties earn exclusive AAS Winner designation

All-America Selections, North America’s oldest and premier non-profit plant trialing organization announce nine new AAS Winners for the 2019 gardening season. Each of the following new AAS Winners was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grew them next to…

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Dan Xavier wins Wim Hazelaar Trofee 2018

12 international competitors started this year in the prestigious Wim Hazelaar Troffe at the IFTF in Vijfhuizen. After two days of hard work and seven challenging assignments all judged by a professional jury of florists, Dan Xavier - Danish floral designer – was announced the overall winner of the…

US (MI): Decreasing greenhouse expenses

The top three concerns on greenhouse growers’ minds are labor availability, profitability and competition. Labor is the greatest cost for greenhouse businesses, usually followed by energy costs. According to the most recent floriculture and nursery survey by the United States Department of Agriculture…

British cabinet agrees on interim Brexit deal

After a meeting that lasted for many hours, the British cabinet has come out in support of the provisional Brexit agreement. It was presented to them by the British Prime…

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The impact of sustainable packaging on the floral industry

Sustainable packaging is no longer a term for the future. It's the current state of corporate responsibility and package designs. You can view the concept as an excellent investment not only for the environmental benefits but also as a powerful tool to improve your clients' sentiment towards your brand. What…

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Piet Buysman in favor of more nuanced story about PlanetProf

"Growing organic not always feasible"

Herb grower Piet Buysman, Andijk: “Retailers more often want Skal and PlanetProof certified products.” In his experience, organic growing is not always possible. “Moreover, it remains to be seen which brand offers the most environmental gain.” He pleads for a complete and nuanced story about On the Way…

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US: Nine new varieties earn exclusive AAS Winner designation

All-America Selections, North America’s oldest and premier non-profit plant trialing organization announce nine new AAS Winners for the 2019 gardening season. Each of the following new AAS Winners was trialed throughout North America by professional, independent, volunteer judges who grew them next to…

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"A sustainable garden is a living garden"

Under the motto ‘Growing together’, Plantarium, international fair for the nursery stock industry, and trade fair Groen-Direkt worked together. Two fairs took place on 22/23/24 August 2018, under one roof in Boskoop, The Netherlands. To show how cooperation leads to a greener world gardener ‘Willemstein…

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Video: SquareFill 500+ in action at lisianthus grower Kwekerij Waalzicht

Hans van der Poel Mechanisatie en Machinebouw is a specialist in the field of unstacking and filling flower buckets for cut flowers. One of their popular products is SoloFill, a system that quickly fills buckets with the right amount of water. There is also the more advanced Quickfill system that…

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British cabinet agrees on interim Brexit deal

After a meeting that lasted for many hours, the British cabinet has come out in support of the provisional Brexit agreement. It was presented to them by the British Prime…

Australia: Biosecurity assurance for cut flower and foliage imports

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released a draft consultation report that confirms the enhanced import conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage that effectively manage the associated biosecurity risks. The report assessed the three main groups of arthropod pests arriving with these imports—thrips, aphids and…

"Brexit could leave wedding bouquets stuck at the border"

Far removed from the political posturing and brinkmanship that capture most of the attention in Britain’s long and tedious departure from the European Union, Yme Pasma is deeply enmeshed in the mother of all logistical problems. He is the chief operating officer of Royal FloraHolland, a marketplace where some 12…

UK: Majestic Trees launches new Sponsored Travel Scholarship

Majestic Trees has launched a new Sponsored Travel Scholarship with the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). The scholarship is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery and includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees. Majestic Trees and the David Colegrave Foundation will help in finding paid…

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UK: Sudbury garden centre acquired by Essex family business

A Sudbury garden centre has new owners after being taken over by a family business from Essex. The business, in Newton Road, has been snapped up by the directors of family-owned Perrywood Garden Centre and Nurseries, from Tiptree, Essex. A spokesman said: “This is an exciting development for Perrywood, one of the UK’s leading…

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Binder/cutter combination to be launched at IFTF

During the IFTF in Vijfhuizen UFO Supplies will unveil the QuickBunch, a manual binder and cutter combination. Every flower bouquet, wherever produced in the world, is cut and bound several times between grower and consumer. A specific device is used for both operations and they take place one after the other. Almost…

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Photo report IFTF 2018

Last week, from November 7-9, the IFTF took place in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. Nearly 300 companies showcased their varieties and services, attracting visitors from all over the world. Every year, the cut flower show is becoming bigger and the number of visitors is increasing. Also this year, the visitor number was about 15%…

Photo report: FloraHolland Trade Fair 2018

This year's FHTF attracted more than 16,000 visitors from all over the world. Together with the IFTF in Vijfhuizen, more than 1,000 companies from Africa, South America and elsewhere exhibited at both fairs. So without exaggerating, we can say that the Netherlands played host to the lion's share of the…

January 24-27, Homer

US (AK): Peony growers get together for annual conference

The APGA Winter Conference will be held in Homer, Alaska at Land’s End Resort, January 24-27th 2019. There will be several keynote speakers along with a number of presenters, often 3 simultaneous presentations and workshops. Beginning and advanced Growers Schools will be held as well as a “Master Intuit QuickBooks Online: From Set-up to…

February 18-20, Wageningen

Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms 2019: extra course announced

In 2019 the Horticulture & Product Physiology group, together with Wageningen Plant Research, will organize two editions of the course on Lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms. As the first edition of the course (13-15 Feb 2019) is fully booked, registration is now open for a second edition which will be…

November 22, Spalding

UK: Poinsettia discussion group meetings

Join the AHDB at the first of a two-part event to review a number of new poinsettia varieties and explore the potential of growth control via new plant growth regulators products and water deficit irrigation techniques. The first event will be staged on 22 November and the second post-shelf life event will be held…

January 16-18, Kansas City

US (MO): Tickets available for Western

The Western in Kansas City is known for innovation and interaction and the Western Nursery & Landscape Association will deliver again on January 16-18, 2019 in Kansas City. New at the 2019 Western is “The Sheridan Nurseries’ Way to Success with Art Vanden Enden,” a lunch & workshop for garden center owners &…

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Isolcell in Bolzano to present its sanitizing and ethylene-reducing solutions

After attending Fruit Attraction with the aim of strengthening its position in the Mediterranean and finding new partners,  Isolcell  will attend Interpoma (Bolzano, 15th-17th November 2018 - Section CD, Stand D24/04). It is the perfect occasion to celebrate the company's 60th anniversary after the celebrations at…

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All Saints Day: a freight forwarder perspective

On November 1st, with the arrival of “All Saints Day” in European catholic countries such as Italy and Spain, one of the year’s peak seasons for both floral industries in Ecuador and Colombia officially comes to an end. According to catholic tradition the first day of November is set to commemorate all the saints…

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