The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the release of the Best Management Practices: Guide for Producing Nursery Crops Version 3.0. The manual is now available, for the first time, online as a reference tool on the SNA website at www.sna.org. Printed manuals will be available later this fall. Past versions have cost $75 (member) and $100 (non-member), but through funding provided by the USDA’s Risk Management Association (RMA) in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois, the only cost for the printed manuals will be a small fee to cover shipping and handling.
The Best Management Practices (BMP) Guide is designed to help growers identify and promote exceptional management practices, methods and procedures. Any of these management practices can be implemented regardless of nursery size or location, and empowers container and field-grown plant producers to operate at a higher level of efficiency and effectiveness while implementing proactive management practices necessary to produce plants with minimal environmental impact.
This ever-popular guide has become recognized as the undisputed benchmark for horticultural BMPs in the U.S. with more than 6,000 copies in use today. The Best Management Practices Guide, v 1.0 was published in 1996 with an updated v 2.0 printed in 2007. Version 3.0 features two new sections – Constructing Wetlands: A How To Guide for Nurseries, as well as Crop Insurance for Nurseries. Version 3.0 will also be translated to Spanish later this year. Both English and Spanish versions will be available to the industry on the SNA website and are scheduled for printing later this fall.
Funding for this update project is made possible by the USDA's Risk Management Association (RMA), in cooperation with the North Central IPM Center at the University of Illinois. RMA’s mission is to promote, support, and regulate sound risk management solutions to preserve and strengthen the economic stability of America’s agricultural producers. As part of this mission, RMA operates and manages the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC). RMA was created in 1996; the FCIC was founded in 1938.
Founded in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southeastern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. The SNA strives to unite and advance the horticulture industry through educational, research and marketing efforts.
For more information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, 678.809.9992, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the SNA website at www.sna.org.