CLEVELAND, Ohio – The GIE Media Horticulture Group is pleased to announce the promotions of Brian Wilgus to Senior Account Manager and Patrick Williams to Senior Editor for Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower magazines.
Wilgus joined GIE Media in May 2012 as an Account Manager for Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower, before moving into Nursery Management in 2014. Over the past seven years, Wilgus has leveraged his positive, can-do attitude and sales skills to build deep relationships within the horticulture industry and become a trusted partner to many clients. He has been a key asset to the GIE Media Horticulture Group and a team player who goes above and beyond to help his team and service his clients’ needs. In his new role, Wilgus will shift his main focus back to Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower magazines.
“It’s been a pleasure to work alongside Brian and watch him grow professionally over the years,” says Nick Collins, National Sales Manager. “His passion and determination to help his clients succeed is second to none. I’m extremely confident that Brian is the right person to help push the Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower brands forward and am excited for the future of our group.”
Wilgus is eager to move into this new position. “There’s no industry like horticulture,” Wilgus says. “The passion and hard work that people put into their everyday jobs is truly inspiring. I’m lucky to be a part of such an amazing industry, surrounded by genuine people who care about what they do. I’m looking forward to working with these professionals and do my part to help move the industry forward.”
Publisher Jim Gilbride says that Wilgus’ promotion will play a key role in supporting the magazines’ growth in the coming years. “Nick Collins and Brian Wilgus are a class act, customer-first, driven sales team, and I’m confident that together, they will help elevate our clients’ businesses to the next level through outstanding customer service and product offerings,” Gilbride says.
Williams joined GIE Media in May 2016 as an editorial intern on sister publications Golf Course Industry and SNOW magazines. In January 2017, Patrick joined the Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower staff as Associate Editor.
“In the time he’s worked at GIE Media, Patrick has proven his value to the team with his strong work ethic, eye for detail and dedication to high-quality journalism,” says Karen Varga, Editor. “He frequently exceeds expectations and is a great team player, both when working with the rest of the magazine staff and with clients. We’re excited to see Patrick continue to grow and thrive in the Senior Editor role.” Williams will continue to report to Varga in his new position.
“I have been thrilled these past two years to work with such a motivated team and to deliver useful content to the greenhouse and produce industries,” Williams says. “The hardworking people in horticulture and controlled environment agriculture inspire me to tell their stories every day. I am excited to continue on this remarkable journey.”
About Greenhouse Management and Produce Grower
Greenhouse Management magazine is the leading trade publication serving greenhouse growers in North America. Our editorial mission is to provide the most relevant independent research, trends reports and useful business information – including technical content, grower profiles, legislation updates, and best management and marketing practices – resulting in an engaged and active audience in our market.
Produce Grower is a business management and production publication sent to 10,000 growers that specialize in growing vegetable and fruit crops in a protected environment. Produce Grower provides readers with the most relevant and up-to-date information, including topics such as pests and diseases, food safety, marketing and management, new varieties, production and others, to run their growing operation more efficiently and profitably.
About GIE Media, Inc.
GIE Media, based in Valley View, Ohio, was founded in 1980 and has grown over 36 years into a leading marketing and communications business-to-business media company serving 17 industries. The goal of Group Interest Enterprises is to publish the highest quality business magazines, websites, e-newsletters, conferences, reference books and other forms of business media in growth industries, with a quality standard based upon editorial value and market leadership. The company employs nearly 100 editors, publishers, sales representatives, marketers and other professionals.
ThinkPlants is expanding its partnership network. Danziger and Syngenta Flowers North America, are announcing the addition of KiwiFlora genetics to the ThinkPlants family of products, joining the previous additions of Kapiteyn and Unex. The partnership combines plant genetics with a marketing and supply strategy under a unified organization.
ThinkPlants offers growers a commitment to breeding a diverse mix of improved plant genetics, with a healthy supply chain of top-quality URC, bareroot, liners, bulbs and seed. Each ThinkPlants partner brings expertise in plant breeding, horticulture, technical support, supply chain, sales and marketing. Together, the companies offer sales and broker teams plant material backed by a marketing message.
Danziger and Syngenta offer their respective perennial portfolios in the United States and Canada under the ThinkPlants initiative. Kapiteyn b.v. of Breezand, the Netherlands, the breeder and supplier of Captain Callas, provides bulbs to the program. Unex USA, LLC, a supplier of bareroot perennials and bulbs from Holland, offers bare root perennials and bulbs in North America for ThinkPlants. KiwiFlora, a global plant variety management company out of New Zealand, will add the Dianthus Scent from Heaven series to the ThinkPlants line up.
“ThinkPlants is a creative collaboration, with strong partners offering the highest quality perennials, bulbs and more,” says Joey Wiseman, head of ThinkPlants. “In addition to providing access to a high-quality supply chain providing premium plant material, we are also focusing on bringing in new genetics for the North American market and providing top-notch customer service. We are committed to making perennial programs easier and more efficient for growers, brokers and retailers.”
To learn more about ThinkPlants visit ThinkPlants.com. Be sure to see us at Cultivate ’19, Booth #1525, July 13-16, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus.
WASHINGTON and COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2019. Projects range from innovations to crop production for both greenhouse and nursery segments, water management in landscapes, emergent pest issues, and economic and marketing analyses. A total of $437,200 will be awarded this year.
“The projects funded this year truly represent all facets of the industry,” said HRI president Steve Mostardi. “From support of new technological innovations to understanding how consumers buy plants, there’s something in this set of awards that should benefit everyone in environmental horticulture.”
Off the sales floor & into the cart: Analyzing the path to plant purchases
Dr. B. Behe, Michigan State University
How do consumers make buying decisions? This project aims to tackle that question about plant purchases. New technologies such as a portable device that tracks eye movement, will be used to investigate visual cue selections that lead to plant purchase. Packaging, in-store signage, brand, and price may impact consumers’ choices. Results should help retailers improve the shopping experience.
Fertility, population dynamics, & pollinator attractiveness of standard & sterile cultivars: Buddleia as the case study may inform the way forward for our national industry
Dr. R. Contreras, Oregon State University
Many in our industry aspire to maintain and promote ecosystem services of plants. The search for plants that are both not weedy or invasive yet are still attractive to pollinators continues. Often pollinator attractiveness is sacrificed to ensure a new introduction has a low risk of becoming invasive. Dr. Contreras and his group aim to
develop robust and consistent metrics for evaluating a plant’s potential to be invasive as well as support pollinator services.
Seed Your Future
Dr. J. Dole, North Carolina State University and S. Yoder, Seed Your Future
Increasing the number of students and graduates in horticulture serves the entire horticultural industry. The Seed Your Future project aims to do just that through promotion of horticulture among young people and in academic settings. Over 150 partners are involved, and HRI is pleased to continue support of this work.
RFID & beyond: Using RFID, drones, and BLE to improve crop inventory management
Dr. R. Fernandez, Michigan State University
Dr. Fernandez and his team take an integrative approach to helping environmental horticulture better manage crop inventory and make production more efficient. Three different technologies will be evaluated, including RFID technology, Bluetooth, and drones, and merged for greatest impact. Ultimately, these technologies can allow traceability of production information to crops from the moment they are tagged until they leave the production facility and beyond. This potentially will improve inventory data accuracy, quality control, irrigation management, and pesticide application.
Fundamental aspects of auxin foliar spray applications to woody plant cuttings
Dr. R. Geneve, University of Kentucky
Applying auxin as a foliar spray has several advantages over traditional quick dip methods for rooting cuttings, such as potential improved worker safety and application efficiency. Foliar auxin sprays are also becoming an integral part of propagation systems using automated, machine-assisted sticking robotics. However, not all woody species respond to foliar spray as well as a quick dip application for rooting, and there are questions concerning application timing as well as the optimal number of applications. Basic questions about auxin movement in cuttings related to spray volume, single vs. multiple applications, and use of a surfactant will be addressed.
National green industry survey
Dr. C. Hall, Texas A&M
This group has conducted the National Green Industry Survey every five years since 1988. Each time, the nursery and greenhouse community reports back on production, management, and marketing practices. This information is important to aid industry members and their allied industries make strategic decisions and continues to serve as a way to monitor changes over time.
Interactions between spotted lanternfly and woody ornamentals that influence tree health and insect fitness
Dr. K. Hoover, Pennsylvania State University
Feeding on more than 65 known species, spotted lanternfly (SLF) poses significant threats to nursery production and landscapes, as well as agricultural commodities. SLF was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014 and has since been sighted in
neighboring states and beyond. USDA APHIS is focused primarily on the impacts to agricultural crops, with minor resources dedicated (to date) to environmental horticulture. Movement of SLF in the landscape will be tracked, host tree preference by life stage will be determined. Information learned will help environmental horticulture protect landscape and nursery investments.
Using hyperspectral technology to assess seed quality of horticultural crops
Dr. M. Mesgaran, University of California – Davis
When starting crops from seed, rapid and uniform germination are highly prized. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Hyperspectral imaging collects information based on a seed’s electromagnetic spectrum, or wavelengths not visible to the human eye. This technology is being evaluated as a quick and nondestructive alternative to time-consuming and costly seed assays.
Boxwood blight management in the landscape
Dr. J. LaMondia, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Historic gardens and home and commercial landscapes alike fear invasion of boxwood blight. Once plants are infected, the current recommendation calls for plant removal and destruction, followed by a rigorous fungicide program to protect any adjacent, symptom-free boxwoods. Dr. LaMondia plans to focus specifically on management of boxwood blight in landscapes with various fungicides.
Measurement of plant nitrogen status in floriculture and nursery production using smartphones
Dr. K. Nemali, Purdue University
Smartphones have revolutionized the way we find information, like monitoring the weather and remotely adjusting your heating and lighting systems. Wouldn’t it be great to add measurement of your crop’s nitrogen needs to the list? This tool could help enable timely decisions about fertilizer needs in production by bypassing the need for lab analysis (that could take up to 7 days), all the while saving costs and labor.
Landscape plant performance: water use assessments of new cultivar selections
Dr. L. Oki, University of California – Davis
Sound science will be employed to quantify and validate water use claims of certain plants. The data generated will enable the industry to better position certain plants as being verifiably drought tolerant or low water use. Landscape managers and nursery producers in states that experience periodic drought conditions, such as California, Texas, Georgia, and Florida, will benefit most from this study.
Defying gravity: Stratified growing media to reduce inputs, crop stress, and minimize time to market
Dr. J. Owen, Virginia Tech
Have you considered layering two different media substrates? Preliminary studies conducted by Dr. Owen have shown that creating stratified layers of different growing media can help reduce water and nutrient use, all while improving growth and reducing production time. The benefits will be more closely analyzed. As an
added bonus, automated container filling systems can be adjusted to create the layers with ease.
Submist for propagation of nursery crops by stem cuttings
Dr. B. Peterson, University of Maine
Propagation is a major component of production in environmental horticulture. Overhead mist systems are quite common but use large volumes of water and create environments ideal for disease. In contrast, a submist system could eliminate these shortcomings and perhaps even expand the range of taxa that can be propagated from stem cuttings. Submist will be compared to overhead systems in terms of cost of construction, operating cost per cutting, and water use per cutting.
Preventing clogging of irrigation emitters caused by algae in greenhouse and nursery
Dr. R. Raudales, University of Connecticut
Clogging of irrigation main pipes and emitters is a persistent problem in both greenhouse and nursery production. One greenhouse operation reportedly dedicated over 13,000 man-hours to inspect, clean, and replace clogged emitters, filters, and irrigation lines in one calendar year. Caused by algae, the biofilm responsible for creating this problem is difficult to manage. Control products exist but could potentially damage crops. As an alternative, manipulation of the irrigation system will be studied as a means to control the biofilm.
Increasing inventory management efficiency with automation for ornamental nurseries & Christmas tree farms using unmanned aerial systems
Dr. M. Wallhead, University of Maine
Labor comprises a large percentage of production costs within environmental horticulture; therefore, technologies that reduce labor costs and increase production efficiency are needed. Automation offers growers the ability to reduce labor and production costs, while increasing production efficiency. In this study, improvements in inventory management using drones fitted with cameras capable of counting trees, tracking tree location and size, and determining tree health status will be assessed.
According to the Labor Department's latest jobs report, the U.S. economy added 304,000 jobs in January. Unemployment increased to four percent - up from 3.9 percent - according to the report. The slight uptick in unemployment occurred in part because of the record-long shutdown that left thousands of federal workers furloughed. It also was the root cause of 175,000 more unemployed workers seeking full-time work in January vs. December.
January is the 100th consecutive month the U.S. has added jobs - dating back to Nov. 2015, when Barack Obama was in his second term as president. The 304,000 jobs added also beat the department's estimation of around 170,000 jobs. The total also surpassed the 12-month average of 223,000 jobs added per month.
The new report also indicated that 222,000 jobs were added in December - a decrease from the 312,000 jobs initially reported. Wage growth also remained steady in January, with the average American worker making $27.56 per hour, according to the report.