Going Neonicotinoid Free: Pitfalls Abound

Greenhouse Grower Magazine recently published an article by Gary Mangum of Bell Nursery (Maryland) regarding their experimentation with growing neonicotinoid-free this last season. Without any pomp or circumstance, Bell decided to evaluate how their production practices and product results would be altered if they grew their plants without the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.

The results were challenging, including lost product, the need to increase applications of broad-spectrum insecticides, and reduced capacity to accomplish integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. Mr. Mangum concluded that neonicotinoids should be maintained in the grower's toolbox to effectively and safely control problematic insect pests, including invasive and regulated species.

>> Learn more about pollinator stewardship and AmericanHort's important work on the issue.

AmericanHort Launches Initiative to Explore the Future of Garden Retail
Partnership with National Design College to Challenge Paradigms

The future of garden retail is being explored with a new initiative announced this week by AmericanHort at Cultivate’14. Over the next 12 months, the association will engage its membership and consumers in a project to explore and then identify strategies to expand garden retail. Along with the Horticultural Research Institute, the association will partner with the MindMarket program of the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD), the oldest design college in the United States, with its main campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio. >>Learn more.

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Record Number of Attendees Celebrate the Industry at Cutivate’14

Cultivate’14, the largest all-industry horticulture exposition and convention in North America, concluded Tuesday with more than 10,000 attendees. This is the event’s best attendance in more than a decade. The event is not-for-profit and proceeds are used to further industry programs. >>Learn more.