- Flexible and easy to install
- Won't inhibit tree growth
- Prevent moisture and mildew buildup
- Won’t harbor insects and small animals
Registration is now open at wnla.org for the 2017 Western.
The 2017 Western will feature:
• Wednesday Evening Reception (Jan. 18) celebrating Kids + Nature with quick-fire presentations by Megan Sperry, Horticulture Therapist at Ozanam • Denise Scribner and students from Eisenhower High School • Susan Yoder, Executive Director for Seed Your Future • Claudia West, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World • plus an introduction to the new MOGIA organization in Missouri. Thanks to Western Partners Ball Horticultural Company, Forrest Keeling Nursery, Greenleaf Nursery Company, Home Nursery and Honey Creek Nursery.
• Keynote address on Planting in a Post-Wild World with Claudia West - thanks to Forrest Keeling Nursery, Taylor Creek Restoration Nurseries & Bohn’s Farm and Greenhouses.
• Ticketed, 4-hour design workshop on Designing Resilient and Stunningly Beautiful Plant Communities.
• Learning Centers by Ball Horticultural Company, Greenleaf Nursery Company, KAT Wholesale Outdoor, Loma Vista Nursery, PlantRight / Schwope Brothers Tree Farms, and Stockman Stoneworks.
• Roundtable Discussions on Drones • Trends in Landscape Design • Caring for Native Plants • Water Management in the Landscape • Seed Your Future • Creating a Small Business • Engineering Problems • Hiring • Social Impact Business Models • Fruits and Nuts in the Midwest • and more.
• Horticulture in 2027 Panel Discussion.
• What’s New in 2017 new plant panel discussion.
• Fashion Show of new plants - thanks to American Nurseryman.
• Western Pub networking.
• Western University; thanks to KAT Wholesale Outdoor.
• GrowNative! education on Native Plants of the Midwest
• Super Sedges: Purposeful Natives for the Landscape
• Native Edibles and the Food Web.
• Education in Spanish sessions, including on caring for native plants.
• Emerging Leaders facilitated conversation on managing staff – thanks to Ball Seed.
• Student Advisory Committee meeting.
Registration is $50 per person (WNLA members). You can register online at wnla.org or print and mail a registration form. Call 888-233-1876 or email email@example.com if you want a form sent to you. The 2017 Western is January 19-20, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo. More information can be found at wnla.org.
KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – UPI announces the approval of nursery uses for Devrinol 2-XT flowable herbicide.
“Devrinol 2-XT can now be used in nursery applications,” says Mike Bandy, UPI product manager. “Nurseries have used Devrinol DF-XT (a dry granulated product) for years to control some of their most troublesome weeds.”
There has been recent interest in using the flowable version of the product. A supplemental label has now been approved by EPA and the product is now available for use. Devrinol is based on the active ingredient napropramide. It is very effective in controlling weeds such as groundsel, annual bluegrass, pineappleweed and many others. It can be used on conifers and certain nursery grown ornamental plants such as rhododendron, euonymus and buxus.
Devrinol 2-XT is currently available for sale from UPI distributors.
VISTA, Calif.- After two years of trialing, Altman Plants's rosarian, Ping Lim, received an award for his patented rose, "Double 10." The rose was awarded the Pauline Merrell Award for ‘Best Hybrid Tea’ at the 2016 Biltmore International Rose Trials.
The event took place on a clear, pleasant Saturday morning on Sept. 24. An international jury judged the final round of the trials and attendees observed the beautiful varieties of roses displayed at the estate. The family owned Biltmore estates, located in Asheville, N.C., has remained preserved since its construction in 1895 and has trialed roses for the past five years.
The Biltmore International Rose Trials are considered a competitive trial where both amateur and professional hybridizers from around the world submit their rose specimens. Roses are put through a two-year trial and are tested four times per year. The flowers are evaluated based on their resistance to disease, vigor, ability to rebloom annually as well as fragrance.
“The Biltmore is a very competitive trial for rose hybridizers internationally. It is an honor to have our rose specimen win,” said rosarian Ping Lim. “That is one of the main reasons we participated. It holds such value to us.”
Altman Plants entered the “Double 10” based on a voted decision. Curious about the name, Ping Lim answered, “Double 10 means October 10, which is the birthday of the Republic of China,” Ping explained. “It was revealed at a ceremony by the Taiwan Consulate in Houston last October.”
The “Double 10” is a patented rose that has been created for, minimal care, and increased resistance to disease. All patented roses created by Altman Plants are environmentally friendly, which means that the plants are not sprayed.
In the past two years, Altman Plants have received two awards for their rose specimens.
A large-scale reform of the importing and exporting process is nearing completion, and the brokers handling plant imports can expect some changes by the end of 2016.
In early 2014, President Obama’s signed Executive Order 13659, Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses. The order mandated the completion of the International Trade Data System (ITDS) Single Window by Dec. 31, 2016.
In its current state, importing and exporting is a complex process involving 48 different government agencies and approximately 200 forms. Before the modernization effort began, the system was largely manual and paper-based, and required information to be keyed into multiple electronic systems. As a result, importers and exporters were often required to submit the same data to multiple agencies at multiple times, which is costly and time consuming for both the government and the international trade community.
The goal of the ‘Single Window’ is to create a simpler, more efficient experience. The system, which will be run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will streamline processes, data, and systems through which imports and exports are received. In the case of plant imports, it should also equip the federal agencies with better analysis capabilities, including the ability to track and address quarantine pest and plant health concerns more quickly.
To make the “single window” a reality, CBP has transitioned to a new data system known as the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). This system is used to collect, process, and track data for imports/exports. ACE is the system, the single window through which all data must run. All main trade processing capabilities in ACE will be available by the end of the year. Once fully operational, ACE will provide a single, centralized access point to connect CBP, partner government agencies, and the trade.
Paper is the past
In the past, the plant importing process has been paper-based, says Craig Regelbrugge, senior vice president of industry advocacy and research at AmericanHort. An import permit and phytosanitary certificate were necessary. When live plants or propagative material arrive in the U.S., they are directed to a USDA-APHIS Plant Inspection Station for inspection and clearance.
“In the short term, the one thing that still remains ‘paper’ is the original, government-issued phyto,” Regelbrugge says. “Everything else will be electronic and if the system works as intended, it should ultimately be smoother. The concerns are in the transition.”
The transition has been occurring throughout the year. The USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) completed its pilot program in August for core users. Lacey Act imports have been using the system since June.
Most plant imports are handled through customs brokers or other trade facilitators, who would be the ones most likely to work with the software providers in the interest of simplifying the interface for uploading data on plant consignments into ACE.
“We know the transition to ACE means additional work for you and may seem complicated, but we also know that once that work is complete, electronic filing will save you time and money,” wrote APHIS associate administrator Michael Gregoire in a June update on the ACE adoption process.
Linda Guy is co-owner of Plants Nouveau, a new plant introduction and marketing company. Her company helps connect plant breeders with growers, and when a client is overseas, Plants Nouveau uses a broker or agent when importing into the U.S. and Canada. She has spent some time looking into ACE in an effort to better understand the impact it will have on her broker/agents, as well as Plants Nouveau.
“Like most new software changes, this will take some time to get used to,” she says. “ACE is a government mandated program that leaves no alternative. So over time, we will all learn how to comply.”
To learn more about ACE, including a FAQ on permits and more details about how it changes the inspection process, read the full story in our October issue.