In a press release sent out on April 20, AmericanHort announced that Cultivate’20 will now be an online-only event titled Cultivate’20 Virtual as opposed to an in-person trade show in Columbus. Debuting the week of July 13, the event will feature:
- a 3-D digital tradeshow where exhibitors and attendees can share information, view video presentations, chat live and make the same connections one would at an in-person event
- over 50 live education sessions covering all aspects of the horticulture industry
- live keynote and state of the industry presentations
- vibrant demonstrations of New Varieties and New Products debuting at Cultivate
- the HRI online Garden Party – an event to showcase our work and show appreciation for HRI supporters and researchers
- online roundtable discussion groups
- networking interaction with various industry communities
- many other exciting ways to conduct business and work together with industry colleagues
The expo-only pass is free, while the all-access pass that includes education is free for AmericanHort members and $99 for non-members.
Per AmericanHort, registration fees for people who have already registered will automatically be registered for Cultivate’20 Virtual will be refunded in full. Any extra costs paid for events like a workshop or tour will be refunded in 4-6 weeks. Hotel reservations made through the registration process will also be refunded in 4-6 weeks.
Interested parties can learn more at cultivatevirtual.org
According to a press release, Village Farms is helping to feed over 10,000 families in Texas by donating to various food pants and food pantries.
Over the last two, weeks Village Farms has donated over 10 truckloads, equivalent to approximately 400,000 pound or 200 tons of fresh produce to numerous organizations who distribute food to help feed those in need. Some of the food distribution organizations Village Farms has been able to help are:
- Tarrant Area Food Bank, Fort Worth & Dallas
- South Cliff Baptist Church, Fort Worth
- West Texas Food Bank, Odessa
- El Paso Food Bank, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, El Paso
- Marfa Food Pantry Saluvida Inc., Marfa
- Food Pantry of Jeff Davis County, Fort Davis
- First Baptist Church, Alpine
- Grace Christian Fellowship, Alpine
- Sunshine House, Alpine
- Big Bend Family Crisis Center, Terlingua
“Farming and food distribution has been deemed an essential business by our government during this crisis,” Michael A. DeGiglio, Village Farms’ President & CEO, said per the press release. “I am proud of all of the Village Farms employees company-wide who are working tirelessly to ensure healthy and safe produce is getting to our retail partners as well as those in need. And, we are thankful to be able to do a small part during this national crisis”.
At the two-year anniversary mark of Lipman Family Farms’ acquisition of the greenhouse grower Huron Produce, the company has promoted Marc Danner as the general manager of protected agriculture. In his role, Danner will take the lead in delivering on market strategies of all protected agriculture locations across Lipman. This leadership appointment enables the company to better leverage its distribution network and product offerings to further meet the needs of its customers.
“Our combined resources, like our fields, high-tech greenhouses and local partnerships in key markets throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico allow us to best serve our customers year-round,” said Danner. “But beyond the business benefits, this acquisition brought two family-owned businesses together and made for a valuable integration.”
As a result of this acquisition, Lipman has solidified its geographical footprint and international presence with the addition of Canadian, Mexican and Midwestern U.S. growing regions. This ensures not only their ability to service regional markets with a more micro-focus, but also a stronger contingency plan for shifting demands and transitioning growing seasons.
As customers currently face unpredictable spikes in the retail and home-delivery segments, Lipman’s surety of supply from both Florida fields and North American greenhouses can provide confidence that there remains a consistent fresh produce influx.
“Protected agriculture is not immune to volatilities, and this integrated combination of hothouse and field allows us to provide a consistent, high-quality product that can meet our customers’ needs amid shifting demands,” said Shawna Dalrymple, national sales for Suntastic.
With Lipman’s long-established R&D program of producing notable proprietary varieties, their team of researchers has also expanded into the hothouse category to test proprietary seeds and ultimately merge successes from the field and benefits of the protected hothouse environment.
Ontario, Canada-based greenhouse grower and distributor of tomatoes and vegetables Huron Produce was acquired by Lipman Family Farms in April 2018.
For more information, visit www.lipmanfamilyfarms.com
The Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America (NLAE) has launched a one-stop tool for green industry businesses to see how operations and shipments to and within various North American states and territories are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Agriculture is essential, and nurseries are a part of agriculture,” Margaret McGuire-Schoeff, executive director of NLAE, said. “However, each state and each territory can have its own rules about what is deemed essential and what is permitted to operate. We felt a centralized resource to track it all was absolutely needed.”
To use the NLAE COVID-19 map, simply log on to www.nlae.org/covid-19. The map is hosted by NLAE and was developed by a partnership comprised of the Oregon Association of Nurseries, the Arizona Nursery Association and NLAE, with contributions from various other state trade associations.
The interface is simple: if the user wants information about a particular state or Canadian territory, they just click it. When they do, a box shows the current open/closed/restricted status of growers, greenhouse operations, retailers and landscaping/supply chain businesses in that state or territory. It also provides additional green industry resources related to COVID-19 from each participating association, as well as the relevant orders from each state or territory, if available.
The idea came from Jeff Stone, executive director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries.
“We felt a strong need for something like this in Oregon,” Stone said. “Our state ships 80 percent of the nursery stock it produces to other states, and more than half of the material goes east of the Mississippi River. That’s a long ways to send a truck. Growers need to know what’s going on in the markets they serve, and we wanted to provide this resource for them.”
The NLAE COVID-19 map was inspired by a similar map, which was created by the Arizona Nursery Association and spearheaded by its executive director, Cheryl Goar Koury. It shows which states are participating in the Plant Something program, which is a consumer marketing initiative for the green industry. NLAE, ANA and OAN repurposed code from that map to create the NLAE COVID-19 map.
"We enlisted our developer once we identified this need," Goar Koury said. "He was quick to respond, and I think we ended up with a powerful tool that will really benefit the industry."