2009 ANLA Retail Roadshow: Early Bird Deadline This Friday!
Join friends, old and new, to experience some of America’s finest garden centers in the Mid-Atlantic Region. This June 15-18, discover innovative merchandising, exciting products, dazzling gift shops, and the best signage, training and marketing ideas you will see anywhere, on the 2009 ANLA Retail Roadshow. The Early Bird Deadline is May 15 - so register today!
Twelve Leadership Lessons from the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise
from Fast Company
Between liaisons with Pantone hued alien females, conflicts with empire-building cyborg killing machines, and encounters on new planets that always results in the death of a red shirted security officer, koans of management advice are routinely delivered from the bridge of the Enterprise. More
Snipping Credit Lines for Small Business
For small business owners, a line of credit can be a lifesaver, giving them a buffer against cash-flow problems and enabling them to handle regular expenses such as payroll. But beginning in March, according to documents obtained by BusinessWeek, JPMorgan Chase suspended credit lines for a large number of business owners. According to someone familiar with the matter, the move affected thousands of businesses. More
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EternaGreen Creates the Best Soil. Guaranteed.
EternaGreen BioChar creates the most fertile soil and increases plant growth. Research shows biochar increases soil fertility and nutrient retention (Lehmann et al., 2006), improves water holding capacity, structural stability, cation exchange capacity, and soil biological activity (Lehmann, 2007). EternaGreen also reduces fertilizer runoff and adsorbs ammonium ions. More info
Eight Ways to Green Home Owners Associations
from Earth 911
Home Owner Associations or HOAs are becoming more and more of a reality for many Americans. In fact, in 2008 there was a reported 300,800 association-governed communities. With about 71 percent of people polled in 2007 rating their overall HOA experience as positive, these associations aren’t going anywhere. More
Baltimore College Garden Filters Rain
from The Baltimore Sun
The rain gardens that dot Ring Road on Anne Arundel Community College's campus have their roots in the mind of an honors student. Eileen Catte, 33, brainstormed the rain garden idea for her environmental science class. To earn honors credit, she agreed to assess whether the campus would benefit from tiny gardens strategically placed near storm water drains to slow rushing water and filter out impurities before they wash into larger bodies of water. More
Use the Root Canal Technique to Improve Putaway
from Distribution Center Management
When the economy turns down, DC managers are often asked to tighten their belts and perform the same work with fewer expenses. But nimble DV managers don’t waste much time bemoaning such a fate; instead, they attack waste, benchmark for best practices, and - best of all - take fresh looks at the less exciting parts of their operations. More
Get Your Late-Paying Customers to Pay on Time
from Progressive Distributor
Your business was running pretty smoothly – sales growing, and profits growing, too – and then the credit crunch hit, someone said the "R" word and everything started slowing down almost overnight. Most troubling of all, your customers have been paying you later and later, as if they are using your money to fill their own personal credit crunch. More
Agricultural Census Data Now Available by Congressional District
from The USDA
Information from the 2007 Census of Agriculture is now available at the congressional district level in online profiles published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). More
Are Reports of a Global Bee Crisis Overblown?
The concern over the declining honeybee population may be exaggerated, according to a controversial new study that shows their numbers are actually increasing globally. Alarm over a world pollination crisis is thus unfounded, say the researchers who analyzed Food and Agriculture Organization data and found that commercial domesticated bee hives have increased 45 percent in the past 50 years, to match growing demand for honey among a growing human population. More
U.S. Organic Sales Up 17 Percent
from Project Green Industry
Fresno State Developing Advanced Degree in Water Resource Management
from Landscape Management
Angelic Acumen for Indoor Foliage
from Big Grower
Talking About Change: Steal These Ideas!
from Grower Talks