Trees also have many economic benefits: Trees boost the economy and provide hundreds of thousands of jobs – in the nursery industry, tree planting organizations, city forest and parks departments, arborists and more. Trees cool streets and extend the life of pavement, and shaded parking lots reduce emissions from the gas tanks of parked (hot) vehicles. Shoppers spend more and linger longer in shopping districts that have trees, and trees improve property value, curb appeal and make our communities more beautiful.
NB: Include thanks for trees in your Thanksgiving blessing. If prayers are not your cup of tea, bring up the topic of trees and their benefits as you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. If raking leaves is on your holiday chores list, don’t complain. Instead, enjoy the exercise and thank those piles of leaves for all the fresh air and cool shade they made for you this summer. Hug a tree or climb a tree. It will make you feel good!
For a deeper dive, references and studies that back up Nancy’s comments, see these websites:
Arborjet and Ecologel are pleased to announce they have been recognized as BioPreferred Champions by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ecologel Solutions, LLC was an official pioneer of the program as one of the first 500 companies to earn the right to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label on a certified product. As program participants, both Arborjet and Ecologel have been instrumental in the success of the USDA BioPreferred Program, which is celebrating 20 years as the federal government's official advocate and market accelerator for biobased products.
“We are thrilled with this honor which signifies both company's long-term commitment to using products that are environmentally friendly and promote sustainability by using renewable resource materials," said Rick Irwin, President of Ecologel Solutions, LLC. "The USDA biobased label provides added comfort to our customers in knowing that the products they are using to help save the world’s water supply are produced using renewable organic carbon components."
Arborjet and Ecologel BioPreferred products tested and certified for their biobased content include:
NutriRoot 2-2-3, with a biobased rating of 86% is a unique blend of nutrients, seaweed extract, humic acid, surfactants and humectants designed to increase root development and reduce water stress.
According to USDA Rural Development, "the goal of the BioPreferred Program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. It was first introduced in the 2002 Farm Bill with the goal of increasing the development, purchase and use of biobased products. It requires federal agencies and contractors to give purchasing preference to biobased products."
This program has participation from businesses in 47 countries and more than 1,500 companies across the U.S. The program reports over a 500% increase in certification of upstream materials from 2015 to 2022. This includes products cataloged as eligible for federal purchasing preference across 139 product categories and an increase in reporting of biobased purchases by federal contractors nationwide.
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Profile Products acquires Quick Plug from Dümmen Orange
With the acquisition of Quick Plug, Profile Products expands its horticulture product line and establishes the company’s foothold in the controlled environment agriculture space.
ProfileProducts has announced the acquisition of Quick Plug, a leading manufacturer of bonded growing media for plant propagation. This acquisition from Dümmen Orange includes all Quick Plug products, technologies, employees and facilities in the Netherlands, Canada and Oregon, U.S.
“With the addition of Quick Plug, we are able to not only expand our offerings to current ornamental customers and the controlled environment agriculture market, but support food production to ensure food security around the world,” says Jim Tanner, CEO of Profile Products. “We are excited to bring on board a like-minded team that shares our strategic vision of growth through innovative technology to deliver reliable products.”
“Initially focused on improving the propagation of tropical plants, Quick Plug has successfully grown and developed its portfolio beyond the horticultural sector,” says Hugo Noordhoek Hegt, CEO of Dümmen Orange. “With the acquisition by Profile Products, we believe that Quick Plug has found a great new home for further expansion. Dümmen Orange will continue to focus on its core activities in horticultural breeding and propagation."
The acquisition expands Profile’s growing media product portfolio beyond the essential inputs of peat, coir, controlled release fertilizer and HydraFiber advanced substrate. Quick Plug stabilized media products increase germination rates and effectively manage water to create healthy root systems and robust growth. By combining Quick Plug and Profile’s expertise and innovative products, customers will be able to create optimum growing media solutions to support urban food production and enhance the cultivation of all young plants.
As the fourth acquisition in two years, and the second in three months, Profile’s horticulture division is rapidly growing. The company will soon open a new manufacturing facility to further increase production. Through the Quick Plug acquisition, Profile is further solidifying its position as a reliable supplier of sustainable products.
“We are proud to join Profile’s hard-working team, who shares our vision of bringing sustainable solutions to meet growers’ needs,” says Brian Kura, managing director of Quick Plug. “By combining our product offerings and technologies, we can provide better customer guidance and innovative product solutions.”
Quick Plug joins Profile’s extensive global footprint, which includes proven technologies for erosion control, horticulture, specialty agriculture, sports field conditioning and golf course construction and maintenance.
USDA APHIS updates hosts list for P. ramorum
At the next compliance inspection, regulatory officials must inspect, potentially sample and test proven hosts and associated plants, and all plants on the proven host and associated plant list must be determined free from P. ramorum before they are shipped.
APHIS is adding proven hosts and associated plants to the list of plant species regulated for P. ramorum. The pathogen, P. ramorum, is the cause of both Sudden Oak Death, a forest disease that has resulted in widespread dieback of several tree species in California and Oregon forests, and Ramorum Blight, which affects the leaves and twigs of numerous other plants in forests and nurseries. This action is necessary to control the artificial spread of P. ramorum.
Click here to view the updated “APHIS Lists of Proven Hosts of and Plants Associated with Phytophthora ramorum” dated September 2022.
Regulated establishments and nurseries in quarantine areas, as defined in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 301.92-3 that operate under a compliance agreement may continue to ship proven hosts and associated plants on the updated regulated list, as stated in their current compliance agreement, until the next compliance inspection. Nurseries under compliance must provide the September 2022 list of proven hosts and associated plants of P. ramorum at their nursery to regulatory officials prior to the next compliance inspection. At the next compliance inspection, regulatory officials must inspect, potentially sample and test proven hosts and associated plants. All plants on the proven host and associated plant list must be determined free from P. ramorum before they are shipped.
For the first time ever, three major industry non-profits have joined forces to promote a plant class and specific variety, all in unison, and for good reason.
For All-America Selections, one of the first perennial winners from their three-winter trial is Rudbeckia ‘American Gold Rush’
For National Garden Bureau, their 2023 perennial of the year is the Year of the Rudbeckia.
For Perennial Plant Association, their 2023 Perennial Plant of the Year is ‘American Gold Rush’
This means the time is right for brokers, growers and retailers to all take advantage of this “Triple Crown of Horticulture” and use the free promotional programs to promote an iconic American garden plant, the rudbeckia, and specifically ‘American Gold Rush.’
The interest in rudbeckias is booming, the products are available, and the chatter is at an all-time high for this plant.
All-America Selections judges grew and evaluated ‘American Gold Rush’ for three years with resulting comments such as:
“I believe this is one of the very best rudbeckias I’ve ever trialed and one of the very best perennials as well.”
“Was very attractive in the perennial garden with nice full bloom coverage late in the season.”
“Great habit and longevity.”
“Would make an excellent addition to a yard, especially in any sort of mass planting.”
”The foliage texture, plant habit, and flower show are refined in appearance.”
Perennial Plant Association members chose ‘American Gold Rush’ because at the height of summer it turns up the volume for a long season of dazzling color right up to autumnal frosts. More than just boosting the ornamental show, however, the hairy foliage is resistant to Septoria leaf spot – a debilitating fungal disease that causes unsightly black spotting and premature seasonal decline on some rudbeckia. ‘American Gold Rush’ is a reliable hardy perennial and a stunning focal point in perennial borders and meadows as well as being brilliant when massed in public or corporate landscapes.
The National Garden Bureau chose rudbeckia as the perennial for their 2023 “Year of the” popular consumer program for many reasons. Rudbeckias are native to much of North America, are pollinator friendly, very easy for home gardeners to grow and there are many new varieties to showcase.
Breeders, brokers, seed companies, growers and garden centers throughout the U.S. and Canada are urged to highlight these flowers and plants when planning their marketing for the 2023 season as the publicity generated from these programs is substantial.
All-America Selections highlights this plant on its own web page.
National Garden Bureau has photos of this and other rudbeckia under the “Year of” tab on the NGB website.
Perennial Plant Association has photos, descriptions and more on the PPOY web page.
These tools will help the North American home garden industry promote gardening with rudbeckia to consumers and encourage more planting of this interesting variety.