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This stunning selection of scutellaria was selected in trials for its intense violet-blue flower color, hardiness, long period of bloom and season-long glossy green foliage. Sky’s Edge™ is especially nice when used near garden edges, in rock gardens or even as a container plant. This perennial is easy to grow and very long-lived, adding beauty and habitat-friendly features to a wide variety of gardens. Hardy from zones 5-10. For more: plantselect.org
USDA celebrates World Trade Month
Ag secretary Sonny Perdue highlighted the importance of trade to agriculture exports.
WASHINGTON – May is World Trade Month, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) marks the occasion by highlighting USDA’s success and continued commitment to expanding trade and increasing rural prosperity through agricultural exports.
“As World Trade Month begins, we recognize the vital role trade plays in supporting U.S. agriculture, rural America, and our economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “America’s farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers feed, fuel, and clothe our nation and the rest of the world. Since day one I’ve said I’m a grow-it-and-sell-it kind of guy, and I’m proud of the progress we make each day serving our customers, selling our products around the world, and working to protect and preserve our agricultural interests.”
Agricultural trade is critical for the U.S. farm sector and the American economy. In 2017, U.S. exports of food and farm products totaled $138.4 billion, up from $134.7 billion in 2016. Additionally, farm exports supported more than 1.1 million American jobs across the entire economy. With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the United States, USDA’s work pursuing new and expanded trade is essential to removing barriers, helping America’s farmers and ranchers reach new customers, and ensuring that U.S. products and producers are treated fairly.
USDA promotes trade in many ways. Through the Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA breaks down trade barriers, creates export opportunities, and enforces and improves existing trade agreements to benefit U.S. agriculture. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service supports trade by keeping U.S. agriculture industries free from pests and diseases. The USDA Office of the Chief Economist provides economic and policy analysis in support of U.S trade initiatives, and produces dependable global supply and demand estimates. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service protects the public’s health by ensuring the safety of food exports and imports and helping establish international food standards that protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices. These are just a few examples of how USDA works every day to promote global trade for U.S. agriculture.
Throughout WorldTradeMonth, learn more about USDA’s efforts and U.S. agricultural trade by joining the conversations on Twitter @USDA, @USDAForeignAg, and the USDA blog.
Clint Albin joins Bower & Branch as chief communications officer
Albin previously served as national director of Garden Centers of America and public relations director of the Independent Garden Center Show.
Leesport, Pa. – Bower & Branch, a group of independent growers and garden retailers throughout the northeast and midwest, have announced that Clint Albin has joined the organization as chief communications officer.
“Clint is an icon in our industry,” says Sid Raisch, President and CEO of Bower and Branch. “He’s helped horti-tech start-ups, led best-in-class retail programs, identified and helped shape the ways we anticipate shifts in consumer culture,” added Raisch. “In short, he has keen insights into the green industry and consumer retail. The future comes faster than most people realize, and Clint was the perfect person to help us communicate The Bower & Branch Way as we develop and expand in creative and meaningful ways.”
Albin will focus on engaging nursery and greenhouse growers, product and service suppliers and major retailers from around the country, introducing them to the opportunities and consumer exposure that come with the Bower & Branch consumer brand. “I believe the future is very bright for horticulture. But it looks very different,” says Albin. “What was relevant to the plant sales process five years ago has changed and we can’t measure new opportunities against past performance.
"Instead, we need to identify and embrace new, more intuitive approaches using predictive customer service selling,” added Albin. “For the industry to sell more plants, it must create a more holistic shopping experience and engage Americans of all ages. We must provide a development space for the next generation of products, employees and consumer gardeners. For too long, the focus has been on in-ground and container gardening in spring. There is so much more growing people want to do,” added Albin.
Albin will continue to be based from his office in Washington DC while leading the effort to extend brand awareness and network membership nationwide. “We consider it a huge win that an arbiter of trend and good taste is joining our organization,” says Raisch. “Together we have great things in store for the industry.”
Nursery Management honored with 2018 ASBPE awards
The publication received recognition for editorial and design work from the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
ASBPE, the professional association for full-time and freelance editors, writers, art directors, and designers employed in the business, trade, and specialty press, presented Nursery Management with four awards for 2018. The winning entries were counted under the ASBPE's Heartland Region, an area including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Contributing writer/editor Brooke Bilyj won a regional silver award for her cover story “Strength in Unity,” about the Florida nursery industry's recovery from Hurricane Irma. Brooke also received three other awards for other GIE Media, Inc. publications.
Sister publications also published by parent company GIE Media, Inc., won the following awards:
Cannabis Business Times: Company Profile - Regional Gold Award – “Patients Over Profits”
Cannabis Business Times: Regular Column, Contributed - Regional Silver Award – “Hort How-To”
Cannabis Dispensary: New Publication Design - Regional Gold Award- November 2017 Cannabis Dispensary
Cannabis Dispensary:Opening Page/Spread-Photo - Regional Bronze Award - November 2017 Guest Interview
Cannabis Dispensary: Case History - Regional Bronze Award – “Breeding Cannabis Experts”
Golf Course Industry: Feature Article Design - Regional Bronze Award – “When the Creek Rises”
Golf Course Industry: Feature Series - Regional Silver Award – “When the Creek Rises”
Garden Center: Infographics - Regional Gold Award -“Infographics”
Garden Center: Opening Page/Spread-Photo - Regional Bronze Award – “Bet the Farm”
Garden Center: Company Profile - Regional Silver Award – “Bet the farm”
Garden Center: Feature Article - General Interest - Regional Bronze Award – “Why aren't garden centers hooked on 'ponics?”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced new details on eligibility for a new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster program, 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP). In total, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will deploy up to $2.36 billion that Congress appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to help producers with recovery of their agricultural operations in at least nine states with hurricane damage and states impacted by wildfire. Following the announcement, Secretary Perdue issued this statement:
“Last year our nation experienced some of the most significant disasters we have seen in decades, some back-to-back, at the most critical time in their production year. While USDA has a suite of disaster programs as well as crop insurance available to help producers manage their risk, Congress felt it was important to provide extra assistance to our nation’s farms and ranches that were the hardest hit last year,” Secretary Perdue said. “At President Trump’s direction, our team is working as quickly as possible to make this new program available to farmers in need. Our aim is to provide excellent customer service, building on efforts which began the day the storm hit.”
Here are some of the updates growers can review to determine whether they may be eligible for the program.
Hurricane Recovery: To be eligible a crop, tree, bush or vine must be located in a primary disaster county with either a Presidential declaration or a Secretarial designation due to a 2017 hurricane. Crops, trees, bushes or vines located in other counties may also be eligible if the producer provides documentation the loss was caused by a 2017 hurricane.
Wildfire Recovery: Any crop, tree, bush or vine, damaged by a 2017 wildfire is eligible.
Eligible Producers: Eligibility will be determined on an individual basis, using the level of insurance coverage purchased for 2017 for the total crop acres on the area for which the WHIP application is made. Eligible producers who certify to an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of at least 75 percent derived from farming or ranching, including other agriculture and forestry-based businesses during the tax years 2013, 2014 and 2015, will be eligible for a $900,000 payment limitation with verification. All other eligible producers requesting 2017 WHIP benefits will be subject to a $125,000 payment limitation.
Crop Insurance Requirement: Both insured and uninsured producers are eligible to apply for WHIP. However, all producers opting to receive 2017 WHIP payments will be required to purchase crop insurance at the 60% coverage level, or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) at the 60% buy up coverage level if crop insurance is not available. Coverage must be in place for the next two applicable crop years to meet program requirements.
Acreage Reporting Requirements: In addition, for the applicable crop years, all producers are required to file an acreage report and report production (if applicable).
Payment Formula: FSA will calculate WHIP payments with this formula:
Payment = Expected Value of the Crop x WHIP Factor - Value of Crop Harvested - Insurance Indemnity
The WHIP factor ranges from 65 percent to 95 percent. Producers who did not insure their crops in 2017 will receive a 65 percent WHIP Factor. Insured producers, or producers who had NAP, will receive between 70 percent and 95 percent WHIP Factors; those purchasing higher levels of coverage will receive higher WHIP Factors.
Drought, wildfires and other disasters continue to impact farmers and ranchers, and 2017 WHIP is just one of many programs available through USDA to help with recovery. From crop insurance to on-the-ground rehabilitation programs like the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), USDA has several other disaster relief options. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provided funding for ECP and the Emergency Watershed Protection Program. The Act also provided amendments to make programs like the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program, Tree Assistance Program and Livestock Indemnity Program even more responsive.