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HTA reacts to announcement concerning ‘fire-break lockdown’ in Wales

Speaking after the Welsh government’s decision to implement a ‘fire-break lockdown’ requiring all ‘non-food’ retail to close commencing Friday 23 October, James Clark, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, said:  “Like the rest of British business and society, our Welsh members are keen to see an end…

Improving wild harvesting practices and transparency in the floral chain

For many years, Dutch Flower Group (DFG) has been committed to make the floral chain more sustainable, through several initiatives like Floriculture Sustainability Initiative…

AFE

American Floral Endowment participates in Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a “global generosity movement” that encourages people around the world to do good. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to…

Asocolflores

"Colombian flowers are ready for the All Saints’ Day celebration"

All Saints’ Day has become the most important celebration of the calendar year’s second half. Its religious significance has made it a day of celebration not only in Spain but in a number of European countries, including the Netherlands and Italy. Air travel has been key in getting the floriculture sector…

UK: Gardening grows green shoots of optimism

The UK garden industry is well placed to be an engine of ‘green economic growth’ says the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), as it publishes positive industry monthly sales figures (up 25% v Sept 19) and a new consumer trend analysis report detailing changing consumer behaviours and how they’re here…

AU: "How your levy funds supported the industry’s COVID-19 marketing response"

Although COVID-19 presented many challenges, the nursery marketing program adapted to the change in consumer behaviours through the development of the COVID-19 campaign,…

Your Levy at Work

Australia: 2020 Nursery Statistics Survey is underway

Collection for the 2020 Nursery Industry Statistics survey is now underway, and growers in Australia are urged to participate. The importance of the 2019/2020 survey can not be understated. COVID-19 restrictions have spurred an already growing trend within Australia for more and better indoor and outdoor…

Is this the drive-through supermarket of the future?

What will the supermarket of the future look like? That's something many people are considering. But, there's not yet any single answer. This animation shows a creative store concept. Who knows? In a few years, you might be visiting a drive-through store like this. 

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5 key ways to improve the situation of female farmers and entrepreneurs

Today, women make up around 30% of the total number of farm owners or managers, in the EU, whilst around 80% are classified as a ‘farmers wife’. "More support is needed to motivate and to encourage women farmers to take a more prominent role in the agricultural sector, in order to enhance innovation and…

Burpee

Tomatoes are popular in consumer gardens

In the year of the new coronavirus, when new gardeners came out in droves to try growing their own vegetables, tomatoes were still king. And in a twist, the respect-seeking turnip actually turned some heads. Seed companies taking stock of what went well and what came out of the woodwork proclaimed the…

B2B Conecta

New ornamental trading platform aims to go global

Worldwide, online sales skyrocketed over the last months and ornamental trading platform B2B Conecta, that was launched last year, is also feeling these positive effects. Currently, it is offering products from Mexican growers only but, as they are already ahead of schedule, they are ready to spread…

HTA

UK: New HortTech Award launched by the David Colegrave Foundation

The world of horticulture is experiencing rapid technological change and advances in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and remote sensing – all part of a move towards precision crop production. In order to support British attempts to remain at the forefront of such change, the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF)…

DAERA

UK: £1.6million Ornamental Horticulture support scheme opened in Northern Ireland

The ornamental horticulture element of DAERA’s Covid-19 support scheme has opened, and Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots is encouraging those eligible to get their application forms in. This is the final strand of the £21.4million Covid-19 Support Scheme announced earlier this year and is worth £1.6m from…

Royal FloraHolland

webinar, October 29

The economic impact of Brexit on horticulture

Brexit is not just about the possible import levies. The economic consequences reach much farther than that. Are you prepared? Experts can tell you all about the impact on horticulture in a webinar from World Horti Center. Eline van den Berg speaks for Royal FloraHolland about the impact analysis that…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

Members' Council not unanimous in its recommendation on enforcement of environmental registration

The Royal FloraHolland Members' Council met digitally on Thursday 8 October 2020. The Members' Council gave the Management Board advice on, among other things, enforcement and sanctions for digital environmental registration and environmental certification. In addition, discussions were held about the…

Virginia State University welcomes new associate administrator for programs in Cooperative Extension

Virginia State University (VSU) announces the appointment of Dr. Janine Parker Woods as its new associate administrator for Virginia Cooperative Extension programming,…

Results from the second survey by Flormart Green City Report:

Italy: “The signs from our observatory are positive for the sector"

Italian horticulture strives to lift itself up and sends out signs of confidence in a possible sector recovery. In September, despite problems related to the Covid emergency, 30% of companies showed a significant improvement in performance (with turnover up from 15% to over 30%). The share of companies…

Produce continues to move across the Mexican border

Mexican rail blockade continues to affect freight flows to the US

Maersk officials said blockades have interrupted connectivity to the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexico. A railway blockade continues to strain commercial movements from the…

UK: The Garden Center Association members share plans and their concerns for Christmas

The members of The Garden Center Association got together recently at a virtual forum to discuss their plans and share their concerns for the festive period, namely Christmas. Matthew Bent from Bents Garden and Home, Louise Burks from The Gardens Group, Guy Topping from Barton Grange Garden Centre and…

IFA

Irish Farmers Association:

"Budget has to support the horticulture sector"

At a meeting of IFA’s Horticulture Committee with Minister Pippa Hackett, IFA President Tim Cullinan called on the Irish government to increase support to develop the horticulture sector. “This must start in next week’s Budget, where the funding for the Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the…

UK: The HTA reacts to the announcement on lockdown tiers and to the Border Operating Model

Reacting to the news today that lockdown restrictions will be implemented according to three tiers of restrictions, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, James Clark,…

"Questions remain over AHDB levy ballot"

UK growers have questioned why the official ballot on the horticulture levy of the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will not take place until next year and warning that any attempts to use the timescale to promote AHDB’s activities will be viewed in a negative light by the industry. On…

UK: British Garden Centres sees £15.4m sales hike after huge Wyevale buy-out

British Garden Centres’ transformative year saw turnover increase by almost 50 percent as it more than doubled the number of outlets operated. The Lincolnshire-based…

WFRS expresses feelings in new edition World Rose News

World Federation of Rose Societies recently launched their World Rose News newsletter. In this issue, they feature more “Secret Gardens” from all over the world, a history of…

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AU: 'The pandemic's blooming opportunity for flower farmers'

Not to put too fine a point on it, but overall it’s been a stinker of a year for Australia’s flower farmers. All those weddings, launches, parties and corporate events cancelled, postponed or downsized, and with them all those orders for dazzling, sweet-smelling floral displays. On a scale of 1 to 10,…

National Hurricane Center

USDA encourages ag producers, residents to prepare for Hurricane Delta

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reminding communities, farmers, ranchers and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Delta that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in the regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help. USDA…

Royal FloraHolland:

Expand your market knowledge, strengthen your market position

Would you like to know more about the market for your product, in order to increase your commercial opportunities? Or are you looking for new markets? Then gaining insight into relevant developments within your product group, both locally and internationally is essential for you. This insight can be…

US (MA): A new USDA Aid Program for greenhouse/floriculture producers and nurseries

The Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association posted an announcement on their website to all floriculture growers in Massachusetts. See below for the complete…

Nobel Prize in Economics Sciences awarded for auction research

It keeps raining Nobel Prizes in the industries related to food and agriculture. After the discoverers of CRISPR and the World Food Programme were already awarded a Nobel…

Evidence from Ethiopia

Prospects, challenge of floriculture industry in the context of agricultural transformation in Africa

The floriculture sector is booming in Ethiopia making the country the second largest exporter in Africa and the fifth largest supplier of flowers to the global market. The…

Flower Council of Holland looks back and ahead in Yearly Presentation

What happened in 2020 and what are we doing next year?

The Flower Council of Holland usually does an annual presentation in the Netherlands in person, but this year, the 2020/2021 Yearly Presentation will take place in video form. The presentation is in Dutch with English subtitles, which will also allow us to invite a larger audience on this occasion.…

Funding for horticulture exports and seasonal workforce measures announced in Federal Budget 2020-21

The Australian Federal Government will invest $328 million to grow the nation's food and fibre exports, as part of the 2020 Budget, announced on Tuesday night. Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, says it is part of the Economic Recovery Plan, aimed at driving jobs and economic growth, cementing…

Nufarm Edge Rewards Program boosts profit potential in 2021

Nufarm announces the launch of its 2021 Nufarm Edge Rewards Program, an early order opportunity offering turf and ornamental professionals to save on popular Nufarm brands…

MGGC provides updates on Michigan Supreme Court ruling

"As everyone probably knows, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the Governor’s Executive Orders on COVID -19 have been unconstitutional after the original declaration of…

ABZ Seeds introduces new color in Summer Breeze series; Summer Breeze Cherry

Rising worldwide demand for strawberries that combine taste and ornamental value

Gardening is hot and the pandemic fueled this trend. Also at ABZ Seeds, they are noticing it and even upscaled their seed production to meet the high worldwide demand. At the same time, they are busy with the introduction of their third color in their Summer Breeze Series, Summer Breeze Cherry, which has…

TheStar

Thailand promotes orchid exports under FTAs with 17 countries

The Commerce Ministry’s Department of Trade Negotiations (DTN) is promoting the export of orchids under free-trade agreements (FTAs) with 17 countries so the plants are exempted from import tax. “The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in a hike in international transport costs, which has affected Thai exports…

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UK: Even a ‘tiny patch of nature’ in a front garden reduces stress and makes people happier

Adding just a few plants to a bare front garden can lower stress levels and help people feel happier, research suggests. Researchers introduced ornamental plants such as juniper, azaleas, clematis, lavender, daffodil bulbs and petunias into small bare front yards in economically deprived streets in…

UK: Ballot confirmed on statutory levy for horticulture

AHDB has formally announced there will be a ballot on the continuation of a statutory levy in horticulture. It will be a yes or no vote on the future existence of AHDB…

MPS

MPS-ABC: Why are standards revised every year?

MPS-ABC determines how sustainably a company produces in the field of crop protection agents, fertilisers and energy, among other things on the basis of standards that apply to an environmental cluster. Every year, MPS revises the standards for MPS-ABC. In this way, the MPS-A score remains challenging…

Value of data in multi-level supply chain decisions: a case study in the Dutch floriculture sector

While many supply chain decisions could take advantage of big data, firms struggle with investments into supply chain analytics since they are not able to assess the…

Mark Weitjens, AgroCheck:

Requests for Debt Collecting services are rising worldwide

In the midst of the pandemic, it has been quite slow regarding the demand for Debt Collecting services, but now, the requests are rising and are coming from new clients and for new parts of the world. "Requests to collect debts in the USA as well as Russia are increasing and even for countries in Asia…

Bangladesh: Covid-19 wilts sales, Amphan flattens flowers of Jessore

For Imran Hossain, April-May is usually a time of hard labour and celebration. However, 2020 is a year of distress for this young flower grower as well as several other flower cultivators of Jessore’s Godkhali. It was actually a double whammy for flower cultivators - first, their businesses were hit by…

AIPH looks to the future with new members and a new strategic plan

The General Meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) concluded the online edition of the 72nd Annual Congress on 30 September. The Congress,…

Melbourne Fresh Flowers:

"Flower business is booming in Australia"

Flowers are the inevitable essence of our lives, and Australia celebrates blossoms like no other country. Be it gatherings, family brunch or weddings, the love of Australians for flowers is eternal. The floral industry here is growing at an exponential rate, and it has developed in a matured and…

UK: HTA statement following Shortage Occupation List review

Commenting on the news on Wednesday (30/9) that following its recent review, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has failed to recommend any horticultural occupations for…

Tom Butter, Gist Nederland

"Personnel recruitment and Eurotunnel will face hardships if there's a hard Brexit"

Bleiswijk, the Netherlands, used to be home to the FloraHolland flower auction. Those old buildings have been demolished. New ones from other companies have taken their place - like the British transport giant, Gist's, Dutch division. With Gist Nederland, Dutch floriculture in the area is still somewhat…

Focco Prins

Danziger’s new Sales Manager to give European partners a boost

As part of a strategy to strengthen its activities in the strategically important European bedding market, Danziger is excited to welcome onboard Focco Prins, who joined the company as an additional Sales Manager in the European market in August. Located in Netherlands, Focco will concentrate on maximizing…

GlobalGAP poised to launch new floriculture add-on

In 2019, the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) announced a new environmental scope for their “Basket of Standards” that encourages producers to achieve standardized…

Royal FloraHolland

"First aid with 100% Digital - everything you need"

The end of the year is coming closer. At the end of 2020, all direct orders at Royal FloraHolland will have to be recorded digitally in or through Floriday. This year, they have set up various resources and tools to help both growers as well as buyers with this change. They have organised 180 workshops…

Bayer's outlook for 2021

"The urgent need for agriculture solutions has never been more evident"

Bayer AG has announced that the company confirms its adjusted outlook for 2020 and expects 2021 sales at approximately 2020 levels despite significant headwinds from the…

USDA restricts PACA violators in multiple states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has imposed sanctions on four produce businesses for failing to meet contractual obligations to the sellers of produce they purchased and…

UK: Growing interest in green spaces in offices

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought with it changing working arrangements, priorities and values – especially when it comes to office spaces. Office developments are now placing even more value in creating green spaces to meet the increasing demands of employees and tenants. Everybody is asking the same…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

"Buy flowers internationally using euros and dollars"

Payment is a crucial part of being able to trade using Floriday - internationally, too. This is why the development of international payment solutions is one of the three strategic spearheads of Royal FloraHolland's strategy. This year, the first international transactions and payments will take place…

US: Amazon bans sale of seeds from abroad

Recently, Amazon banned the sale of seeds from outside the United States. That could give American seed farmers a renewed chance at a growing market and an appetite for…

An in-depth look at Alberta's greenhouse industry

The latest Profile of the Greenhouse Industry in Alberta provides current benchmark data on greenhouse crop operations. "This report is of significance to greenhouse growers, researchers and agricultural financial institutions that rely on this information for business decisions," explains Emmanuel Anum…

A.Murawska

Gardening a popular hobby in Poland during pandemic

The pandemic and related restrictions have affected many areas of daily life. But there are also positive aspects to the current situation. According to a new study conducted by the National Debt Register, many people have decided to spend their excess time on developing their interests. The first place…

Flower Circus Talks with Joost Vianen

In a new YouTube episode of Flower Circus, John Elsgeest talks with Joost about how he started CJ Vianen direct after school in September 2000 by exporting flowers to the United Kingdom. From a rental ‘box’ at Flora Holland Rijnsburg, he purchased flowers which he then transported personally in a lorry…

Philippines: Benguet flower growers won’t wilt in pandemic

Flower shop owner Margarette Bayacsan has been making ribbons fashioned out of silk and other sheer fabric materials to while away the time at her rented stall in the public…

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AU: More people have been buying flowers for themselves to get through the pandemic

Many Australian florists have been hurt by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on weddings and events, but some say they have seen a positive side with customers wanting to treat themselves. Born in the Netherlands, Anja Seebus grew up in a culture in which flowers were always on the table.  But when she…

Ethiopia: "Rise in exports thanks to the well-established air cargo services"

Taking over the U.S and China markets, European countries have become the major importers of Ethiopian commodities during the budget year of Ethiopia concluded July 7, 2020. A…

Frank Noon

UK: Chiswick Flower Market cancelled for October

Chiswick Flower Market, which was held for the first time in September, will not be going ahead in October. The organisers (of whom The Chiswick Calendar editor Bridget Osborne is one) have released this statement: ‘It is with great regret that the organisers of the Chiswick Flower Market have decided to…

Álvaro Villamizar Zuñiga, Caproflor Colombia

"There is a Colombian flower for any occasion and any reason"

When visiting a flower market in Colombia, it is possible to find a wide range of floral options in all colors, shapes and sizes. Colombia is famous for producing many kind of flowers such as roses, carnations, alstroemerias, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, lilies and many more. As a result, people buy…

Oregon announces new top 20 agricultural commodities list

Agriculture remains vital to Oregon's economy. The state is home to more than 37,200 farms and ranches and with the commercial fishing industry, the state produces more than…

Trish Patel, PJ Dave:

“We continued shipping the little orders coming through to secure future markets for Kenya”

The horticulture industry in Kenya is optimistic of quick recovery as global space slowly opens after the Covid-19 disruption. Export earnings hit KSh72 billion between January and May 2020, up from KSh65 billion for the same period last year, translating to an 11% increase. The good earnings are largely…

Russia: Sakhalin to grow roses for Japan

A private investor in Sakhalin, Russia, is planning to grow roses within the area of advanced social and economic development Yuzhnaya. The Moscow based company would create…

Royal FloraHolland

How to strengthen your sales position

With the Sales Management service, Royal FloraHolland's sales professionals are relieving the burden on various growers' in terms of sales, marketing and contact management. They give growers advice on their sales strategy and look together at how they can strengthen it. Teunis Versteeg and Jelle Pippel…

SAF

US: AIFD Foundation establishes Catastrophic Fund

Floral industry professionals struggling in the wake of wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters can seek aid from a new fund created by the American Institute of Floral Designers Foundation. The AIFD Foundation Catastrophic Fund, established this summer, offers relief to those in grave need following a…

Check out Garden Media Group's Garden Trends Report 2021

How will the future of gardening post COVID-19 look like?

During quarantine, the behavior of the US consumer changed. So, how will the future of gardening post COVID-19 look like? 2021 Garden Trends Report, The Great Reset, of Garden Media Group, offers a peek into what will be trending in the horticulture in 2021 and beyond. And this year's edition is…

Satisfactory reparation orders

USDA PACA updates

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that Black Hog Farms Inc. satisfied a $14,772 reparation order issued under the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act involving unpaid produce…

A green spring in Queensland

Ahead of the 2020 State Election, the Queensland Horticulture Council (QHC) has today launched its roadmap for horticulture and action plan to reinvigorate rural and regional Queensland – A Green…

AU: Greenlife Industry Australia joins Smart Farming Partnerships project

Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA), under a Hort Innovation facilitated project, has joined with Applied Horticultural Research, Hitachi, Freshcare, Growcom, AUSVEG,…

Steven van Schilfgaarde, Royal FloraHolland:

‘Getting the best out of the market for our members’

Mid-March the floriculture industry was hit hard by corona. GROW reflects on the past six months with Steven van Schilfgaarde, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, and also speaks with him about the future. “Our strategy is an effective response to the major trends of the moment”. We could write a book about the corona…

AFE

AFE awards more than $38,500 in 2020 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $38,500. Fifty-nine applications were received for this 2020 scholarship cycle. "We had many overachieving students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to more than one…

UK: HTA comment on changes to Coronavirus restrictions

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s announcement on new restrictions in the light of a continuing rise in Coronavirus cases, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications…

Rwanda exports 305.6 tons of fresh products in week 38

Over the last few weeks, business is picking up for Rwandans in the Horticulture sector. The country recorded a total of 305.6 tons of fresh produce. The largest exports…

Squire’s Garden Centres

Squire’s Garden Centres releases results of “Gardening during Lockdown” survey

UK: "93% of people said that gardening was a lifesaver in lockdown"

Squire’s Garden Centres has released the results of their “Gardening during Lockdown” survey. The recent survey of over 3,000 people looked at how much gardening people did during lockdown in Spring 2020, what people planted then and what they will plant now, and how gardening makes people feel. The…

ePhyto to facilitate international agricultural trade

The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) of the IPPC ePhyto Solution calls on governments to support the adoption of ePhyto to facilitate international agricultural trade, which would be crucial in safeguarding global food security beyond the Covid-19 recovery period. Global trading operations of plant products…

CO2 GRO signs agreement with Rika BioFuel to service UK, Netherlands, Belgium markets

Toronto based CO2 GRO Inc. is pleased to announce that it has signed an exclusive Marketing Agreement with UK based Rika Biofuel Developments Limited to market and sell GROW’s…

Waitrose

UK: Bulb sales blossom at Waitrose

As hot weather spells are set to continue this week, Waitrose reports a rise in sales of autumn bulbs as people plan to get back out in their gardens and embrace the glorious weather.  With many shoppers rediscovering their green fingers over lockdown, sales of autumn bulbs are up 40% for the week at Waitrose…

In case no trade deal is reached between UK and EU

UK supermarket group Morrisons anticipates border delays

Morrisons is the UK’s fourth largest supermarket group. On Thursday, a statement went out saying it anticipated delays at borders in the event of the UK failing to reach a…

HC Companies

Interest in sustainability increases among consumers during pandemic

Few industries have not experienced an impact from Covid19 in one way or another. For the horticultural industry, there's been a resurgence of the home gardener and an interest in sustainability. With many still fairly isolated to their homes, families are heading out to enjoy the natural world right…

CAN (BC): Better protection for foreign workers

Temporary foreign workers who come to B.C. to work will be better protected now that the employers who want to hire these workers will be required to register with the…

De Ruiter East Africa Ltd.

"In spite of challenges promising future for East African flower market"

De Ruiter East Africa Ltd. (DREA) is De Ruiter’s main operation in Africa. Established in the early nineties as one of the pioneer rose breeders in an upcoming flower industry on this continent, the company was initially set up as an agency with Oserian, one of the founding father companies for roses in…

Caproflor analysis of pandemic effects on floriculture in Colombia:

"For Valentine's Day, freight costs per kilo expected to rise by 80 or 100%"

From May, worldwide demand for flowers increased; however, for many producing countries, including Colombia, freight capacity and rates have been a major issue. The normalization of flights will be slow and gradual until the middle of next year. This is explained by Álvaro Villamizar, president of…

Australian project explores the impacts of biosecurity incursions

For growers and nursery businesses, the threat of biosecurity incursions can have a knock-on effect of social and economic instability, impacting business continuity. The new…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland

Consultation sessions membership model: from ‘one size fits all’ to segmentation

All Royal FloraHolland members are given the opportunity to contribute ideas and have their say about the membership of tomorrow. The Membership Leading Team therefore organised consultation sessions at the end of August to assess the problem definition regarding membership. The Membership Leading Team…

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Sri Lanka invests to develop floriculture

Sri Lankan Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said that the Government has allocated Rs.23 million [125,000 USD] to provide tools and other necessary equipment free for cultivating flowers and plants for nursery and floricultural producers. About 1,000 members of the Floricultural Associations will be…

Key outtakes from speakers at ‘Recovery from Crisis – the future for ornamentals’

Resilience and positivity in the face of adversity

On 15th September 2020, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) brought together an impressive line-up of expert international industry speakers to share experiences of the impact of COVID-19 on the horticultural industry and the prospective outlook for the future. The 200 plus delegates…

HTA AGM 2020:

UK: "2020 - a year of impact, overcoming challenges, delivering recovery and growth"

The resilience and agility of the horticulture sector have seen businesses from across the industry survive the extraordinary circumstances of 2020. This remarkable achievement was recognised at the AGM of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) yesterday (Wednesday 16/9) as Chairman James Barnes reassured…

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Griffin releases gardening industry survey sponsored by Bonide, Dramm, and Premier

Griffin has released gardening statistics related to COVID-19. Survey data reveals how home gardening is continuing to take hold as an activity across the country. The survey polled 1,000 respondents new to gardening in 2020 and data shows that a vast majority (80%) indicated that they will probably or…

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Pakistan invites Dutch investment in floriculture

Pakistan invited investments from the Netherlands in floriculture and food processing industries on the heels of Dutch investments in agriculture and livestock sectors in the south Asian country. Minister for Food Security and Research Fakhar Imam said Pakistan and Netherlands can cooperate in the field…

SAF members convene virtually to share trends, challenges in COVID world

How are floral industry members tackling the new challenges in finding, training and keeping a stable workforce in the COVID environment? How has the pandemic disrupted the…

Asocolflores

Two international flights return to Colombia on September 19

After ceasing operations almost seven months ago, international flights will resume on September 21st, according to the Ministry of Transportation. Two inaugural international flights are scheduled to take place before that date, on the 19th. The first commercial flight to depart Colombia will be…

Lisa Ziegler

When in-person flower sales no longer work

Business was booming. Selling their flowers at several large farmers’ markets, which they had done successfully for many years. Each week at the market, customers lined up to make purchases. Their biggest challenge? Growing enough flowers to meet the unending demand.  Sounds dreamy as a flower farming business…

Peter Jurco

Mexico: Inflation hits 15-month high on fresh produce prices

Rises in the prices of fruits and vegetables -as well as other goods- pushed Mexico’s annual inflation to its highest level in 15 months in August. It came out about half a…

UK: Input wanted on four new industry apprenticeships

The Arboriculture, Forestry, Horticulture and Landscape Trailblazers Apprenticeship Group has gained approval from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education to…

Brian Wills-Pope, BFA:

"Time to take action on British tariffs"

"I am sure you are aware that Brexit has raised it head with the media lately. You may also be aware that if no deal is forthcoming with the European Community by the 31st December the government is intending to add an…

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Malaysia looking to rekindle national flower glory

It may be Malaysia’s national flower but the hibiscus is always treated as a poor cousin when it comes to selecting plants for landscaping purposes as preference is usually given to bougainvillea, roses and orchids.   Fondly regarded as the queen of tropical flowers by hibiscus fanciers, the humble yet alluring bunga…

Australia: Masterclass in Horticultural Business

Amidst COVID-19, the Masterclass in Horticultural Business has continued to progress, adapting the delivery of program elements to ensure participating scholars continue to…

A joint effort in strengthening the Australian nursery industry’s biosecurity

New levy-funded project ‘Improving surveillance strategies for tospoviruses and thrips to enhance the biosecurity of the nursery industry’ (NY19007) is underway – this time a…

ZimTrade Export Development Manager Tatenda Marume:

'Zimbabwe horticulture could generate $1 billion in exports'

According to Tatenda Marume, ZimTrade export development manager, Zimbabwe has the potential to generate more than $ 1 billion from horticultural exports around the world…

HTA

Millions of new British gardeners take root as a result of lockdown

Britain’s love affair with gardens was confirmed as new research conducted by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) found that almost three million gardeners sprung up this year as a result of lockdown. A new younger face of gardening has also been identified with nearly half (49%) of the new green…

Glenn Fenton, President of Greenlife Industry Australia:

"The industry has done remarkably well in adapting to the changes in trading conditions"

In March this year, when the full impact of the COVID-19 virus was making itself apparent on the Australian economy, Glenn Fenton, President of Greenlife Industry Australia,…

Australia: Consultation for perishable agricultural goods inquiry

On 26 August 2020, the Treasurer announced that the ACCC would commence a three-month inquiry into bargaining power in supply chains for perishable agricultural products in Australia.…

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Houseplant popularity has bloomed during the pandemic

When the pandemic started, a lot of people didn’t want to shelter in place alone. So they bought plants. It’s not quite the same commitment as getting a roommate or adopting a pet, but it does require dedication. In a recent survey of 990 people who had purchased houseplants since March 2020, 12% were…

A.D.R.

US (NY): Bumper crop of Darwin tulip bulbs available this fall

As fall bulb planting season begins in the US, A.D.R.'s farm in the Netherlands is winding down their harvest season. Running three digging machines simultaneously, the company can harvest up to 18 acres of flower bulbs a day, splitting time between their primary farm in the Dutch Bollenstreek of South…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland

Two-days Members' Council: the future of ordering, payment and delivery

Many things will change for growers and their buyers in the years to come. The Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council discusses and thinks along about the future of ordering, payment and delivery. This happened during the two-day session of the Members' Council on 2 and 3 September. Growers and management…

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Women in agriculture… What are your leadership aspirations?

Women in agriculture….What are your leadership aspirations? What are the barriers to achieving those aspirations? What motivates you to be involved in leadership roles and organizations? Annie’s Project is taking a closer look at agricultural women’s involvement with its new survey, the Agriculture…

Floraconcepts linked to Floriday

During the summer season, Floriday has made it possible to link Floraconcepts and Floriday. Floraconcepts enables growers to professionally edit photos of their assortment. The photo tool makes it possible to configure combined products or to fill a trolley or shelf with pots and plants to your liking, and upload them into a…

Seed Your Future

Seed Your Future launches expanded Horticulture Career Exploration Tool

Seed Your Future announced the launch of its expanded Horticulture Career Exploration Tool. Much more than a basic alphabetical list of the more than 140 careers working with plants, the resource first asks site visitors to consider what they are interested in, and then profiles careers in horticulture…

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Geoponics partnership provides indoor plants throughout Canada

Vegaste has entered into a partnership with Geoponics to distribute fresh indoor plants throughout Canada using its e-commerce platform www.PlantX.com. The partnership allows PlantX, a one-stop shop for everything plant-based and the digital face of the plant-based community, to expand its category…

Hotel decoration trends for 2020/2021

Just like restaurant decoration and other businesses, hotels try to get new clients all the time. Hotel decoration has become one of the most important aspects of opening a new hotel and it makes a huge difference. In this post, Verdissimo talks about the main trends in hotel decoration in 2020, looking…

NZ horticultural industry pushes for extended worker visas

Visitors and temporary migrants -‘trapped’ in New Zealand by the travel restrictions- will now have their visas extended to give them more time to organise flights home.…

MPS's tour through the Netherlands continues

Your customer asks for environmental certification, but what exactly does this mean and what good is it for you? Do you want to make your company more sustainable, but you are not sure where to start? Soon MPS will be travelling abroad to tell you everything about MPS-ABC environmental certification. At…

UK hauliers demand meeting with government

'Significant gaps' in Brexit border plans

Eight British logistics organisations have written to Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove warning that the UK-EU supply chain "will be severely disrupted" from January, if…

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China: Flower business in full blossom for traders

Wang Xiuhua began planting flowers in Dounan village, Yunnan province, in 1989 after she saw other residents grow plants and sell them. Prior to that, she lived by planting vegetables, which was more labor-demanding and could only produce enough profit to feed her family. Back then, there was no market…

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Gardening sees 39% YOY increase in global online searches

TikTok, Animal Crossing and home baking are amongst the hottest trends to grip the world in lockdown. But gardening has also experienced an unprecedented surge, with Google data showing an impressive 39% YOY increase in global online searches for the topic, lovethegarden.com reports. Whether starting…

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UK: Houseplant sales bloom in July

Sales of houseplants at garden centres across the UK bloomed in July (2020) according to the Barometer of Trade report published by the Garden Centre Association (GCA). Compared with the same month in 2019, sales were up 81.82%. After the blistering heatwave in June, July was a much cooler month, with…

China: Rural Yunnan enjoys a better life amid rapidly blooming local economy

When Lyu Yunxiong retired from the army in 2014, he worked as an auxiliary policeman. However, after just five months, the then 23-year-old decided to return home to grow…

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways to increase cargo flights to China amid rising demand

Kenya Airways plans to increase cargo flights to China from once to twice a week beginning Oct. 1, an official said on Thursday. Peter Musola, cargo commercial manager of Kenya Airways told journalists in Nairobi that it will seek to deploy two freighters between Kenya and China in order to meet growing…

US seeks Mexico talks over perishable imports in bid to aid US farmers

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced plans to seek senior-level talks with Mexico over imports of perishable imports as part of a broader series of actions meant to…

Horticultural Trades Association:

"No plant inspections at borders until July welcome, but key changes still needed"

There will be no inspections of plants or plant products at UK border control posts between January and July next year confirms the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA),…

US (MI): Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council lawsuit against State fails

The Michigan Greenhouse Growers Council has received notice from Varney Law that their lawsuit has not and will not be successful. Here is their report: “The Sixth Circuit…

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US (MD): Baltimore florists embrace arid new design trend

You know the old story. Shell out a bunch of money for a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Take it home and the clock starts ticking. You have a few days. Maybe longer, if you can slice the stems right and remember to stir in the mysterious packet of plant food. Fortunately for the cost-conscious…

September 8 to October 8

Virtual edition of Siflor 2020 about to take off

September 8th will mark the start of the VIII International Symposium on Floriculture 2020, an event the draws experts, both Colombian and international, to discuss…

US (LA): Nurseries face challenges following Hurricane Laura

Louisiana nurseries are facing several challenges following Hurricane Laura, including damaged structures, lost production time and power outages. The storm’s effects are especially noticeable at the numerous nurseries in and around the Forest Hill and Glenmora communities in rural southwestern Rapides…

Chiswick Flower Market

London welcomes first new open-air flower market in 150 years

Like many stallholders on Columbia Road, Steve Burridge feared the worst for the east London flower market when coronavirus struck and business stopped. “At one point I was thinking it wasn’t coming back this year,” he says. Come September, however, the longtime Columbia Road trader will leave his…

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How a Kenyan flower producer bloomed through COVID-19

One cold morning in April, as Esleen Rotich walked up a dirt road that led to the manicured lawns of Equator Flowers farm, she could sense that something was off. On ordinary mornings, when she would arrive for her 7:20 a.m. shift, the farm was usually silent as employees worked quietly at their…


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