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  • 09 Feb 2012 11:13 AM | Danny Summers (Administrator)
    During the recent SNA events held in Mobile, AL, in conjunction with the Gulf States Horticultural Expo, a special State of the Industry Roundtable Discussion, presented by SNA, Nursery Management Magazine, and GSHE, was held.  The event, sponsored by Atlas Manufacturing, attracted some of the best of the industry and for two and a half hours many topics were discussed, including challenges in production labor, insect and disease issues and other factors that are affecting profitability.  

    The Need to Grow Consumer Sales  
    As we moved through the topics the discussion took focus on the opportunity to boost sales through the consumer, both commercial and residential. Ideas on how to encourage our current consumers were suggested. These ideas ranged from focusing on the benefits of our products such as improving property values to energy conservation. Participants agreed growth in new construction in the foreseeable future is going to be limited and the majority of opportunities will be in renovation (both residential and commercial).  

    The Consumers of the Future - Gen X & Y
    The discussion of increasing consumer sales progressed toward looking at the potential consumers of the future. These groups are typically described as Generation X and Y, which together, will be larger than the Baby Boomers that are entering into the retirement stages currently. The opportunity to begin to communicate to these groups with positive messages about our products was acknowledged. How to organize such an effort was discussed but no one group is currently positioned to take a lead in such an effort. However, it was agreed if we could have a common message for all industry firms to use each season, we begin to have an impact how these consumers view our products. One idea was to engage our researchers involved the SNA Research Conference's marketing section to help determine how to attract these new consumer groups.

    Follow Up Conference Call with Researchers
    On February 1, Dr. Charlie Hall, Texas A&M, Dr. Bridget Behe, Michigan State Univ., and Dr. Forest Stegelin, Univ. of Georgia, participated in furthering this discussion, particularly in the area of engaging these new consumer groups (Gen X & Y).  The discussion confirmed some indicators of opportunity for our industry (our products) to be accepted by these groups as they are increasingly aware of environmental issues. A number of state or local initiatives with similar focus are underway. A good "first step" might be to help identify these initiatives.  

    Next Step - Help Identify Current Consumer Focused Programs Underway
    In the coming weeks, we will begin to report on some of the Consumer Focused programs being initiated across the country.  In doing so, we hope to bring together a consensus of what we can communicate as an industry to help drive consumer sales of our products.

    Stay tuned for more details!

    Comments:  If you have input you would like to provide on this topic, please enter your comments under the Economics and Marketing Forum (see the bottom of the SNA Homepage after you log in as SNA Member).  Dr. Charlie Hall is moderating this forum.

    If you are not an SNA Member, you can simply send an email to me, Danny Summers, at mailto:dsummers@sna.org.
  • 06 Feb 2012 3:59 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    ACWORTH, GA, February 6, 2012 – Nurseries across the country have been put on alert as this new disease spreads. Boxwood Blight has now been detected in CT, MA, RI, NY, PA, MD, VA, NC, and OR. Here's an overview of the latest facts on this devastating fungal disease from the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), the Nursery & Landscape Executives of North America (NLAE), the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), and other industry sources.

    • Pathogen first described in U.K. in mid 1990’s, now throughout most of Europe.  Found in New Zealand in 2002. (Unfortunately, despite published alerts, the U.S. and Canada failed to take protective regulatory measures when they might have had a better chance of succeeding).
    • In U.S., it has now been detected in the states of CT, MA, RI, NY, PA, MD, VA, NC, and OR, and province of BC. In some cases detections have been in nurseries only, in others, in landscape settings.
    • It is a serious disease, appearing to affect most if not all of the commercially important boxwood species and cultivars produced in North America.
    • On a slightly positive note, the blight is NOT a threat to natural/environmental plant resources, or important non-nursery agricultural crops.  It is a nursery and landscape issue.  That said, boxwoods are a major nursery crop and an iconic landscape plant.
    • Marc Teffeau (ANLA/HRI) gave an overview of options for leveraging research funding to address needs.  He explained how and why a coordinated research effort can optimize the ability to tap into multiple funding sources.  HRI leadership has established boxwood blight as an HRI research priority.
    • Aside from the usual HRI grants process, HRI has established the Emerging Issues and Technology Projects – Boxwood Blight Fund as a rapid-response mechanism for passing funding through to urgently-needed research.  The pooling of industry resources through this mechanism enhances ability to secure resources through various government research funding channels. Click Here to read about Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association's recent contribution to HRI for Boxwood Blight Research Efforts.
    • Researchers in NC, VA, and CT  (and potentially others) have emerged ready to contribute their talents to the research effort . USDA’s ARS also has unique capabilities to conduct certain types of research at its biosecure Ft. Detrick facility.
    Click Here to review best management practices provided by Virginia Tech's Hampton Roads Research Center.

    Click Here for the latest Boxwood Blight Buzz from ANLA.
  • 25 Jan 2012 1:07 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 award winners. SNA recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through their annual awards program.

    In 1956, the late John B. Wight, Sr., suggested to the officers of the Southern Nursery Association that an award be offered annually to the person of their selection who, in their opinion, had contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. The award was named the Slater Wight Memorial Award in memory of the late J. Slater Wight, brother of the late John B. Wight, Sr. Nomination and selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.


    Joseph Claude Kinney was born on April 23, 1946, in Gaines- ville, GA. After graduating from Gainesville High School he attended the University of Georgia (1964-1965) and Gainesville State College (1968-1970). He served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division from 1965-1968. In 1972, Joe began his career in the nursery industry at Gro-Plant (known as Simpson Nursery) as an “on the road” salesman. He worked for Baucom’s Nursery (1973-1975) and later became sales manager of Flow- erwood Nursery. In July 1988, he founded Kinney Nursery (65 acres) and today produces a general line of container-grown nursery stock with emphasis on camellia, fruit and nut trees, fruiting vines and bushes, and stock not common to the trade. Joe’s business goal remains the same after 24 years – to produce high quality nursery stock, provide excellent customer service and treat employees, customers, and suppliers with respect.


    Joe received the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was the found- ing President of the GSHE (1998-1999). He is a member of Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association and served as President (1999-2000), a member of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and served as Senator (2006-2010), a member of the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association, the Southern Nursery Association, the South Alabama Nursery Associa- tion, the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association. He is also member of American Azalea Society, the American Camellia Society, and the International Plant Propagators Society. 


    Joe and his wife Cherry live in Mobile, AL. They have one son, Chad, and two grandsons, Brandon and Alex.


    Kinney follows a long list of fifty-four other industry leaders receiving this prestigious award. Visit www.sna.org for a complete list of winners from 1956 to 2012.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 12:07 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today the 2012 David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award winner. SNA recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through their annual awards program.


    Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., this award is presented each year to recognize qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. The recipient must be 39 years of age or younger and must be a member of his/her state nursery association. Nominations are made by the SNA Participating State Association with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.


    Halsey W. Beshears was born on November 27, 1971 in Winter Park, Florida. His family moved to Monticello, Florida in 1973, when he was two. He attended Aucilla Christian Academy in Monticello and graduated from Brookwood School in Thomasville, GA in 1989. He received his B.S. in Social Science from Florida State University and his M.S. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.


    Halsey began his career in the nursery industry in 1997 at his family business, Simpson Nurseries, a wholesale container growing operation servicing the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions, and today is Vice President.


    Halsey’s has participated in and received the following awards: Wedgeworth Leadership Institute Graduate Class V (2002- 2008), Wedgeworth Leadership Board of Directors (2002- 2008), President, FNGLA Big Bend Chapter (2002-2004), FNGLA Board of Directors (2003-2008), President of Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization (2008), Farm Bureau Family of Jefferson County (2009), FNGLA Young Nursery Professional of the Year (2009), Board of Advisors Farmers & Merchants Bank (2007-2011), FNGLA President (2011-Present), Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board of Advi- sors (2009-Present). He is an active member of Presbyterian Church of Monticello and the Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization. He has been a Private Instrument Rated Pilot since 2000 with over 1000 hours as PIC.


    Halsey and his wife Cristin have three daughters: Grace Hamilton – 10, Caroline Turner - 8 and Suzanne Whitelaw – 4.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 12:03 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today the 2012 Porter Henegar Memorial Award winner. SNA recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through their annual awards program.


    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who has made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural reasearch and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 - 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to this association. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry. This year's Porter Henegar Memorial Award winner is Dr. Charles R. Hall. 


    A native of North Carolina, Dr. Hall received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984 and his Master’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He then obtained his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1988 and began his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.


    Dr. Hall’s expertise in the production and marketing of Green Industry crops is nationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves. His major research, teaching, & extension areas of specialization include strategic management, market situation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis for Green Industry firms. He is an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international meetings of various industry-related associations and organizations. He is particularly known for the enthusiasm, passion, and intensity he exhibits when speaking.


    Dr. Hall is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and has received TNLA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. In academia, Dr. Hall has received Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Student Counseling and Relations. Various Extension awards include the Outstanding Extension Publication Award from the American Society of Horticultural Science; and the Certificate of Meritorious Service and the State Early Career Award, both presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional society of the National Extension Service. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity and has received their Grand Presidents Award and Brother of the Century designation.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:56 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 student research competition award winners. Seven students from five universities were presented cash awards during the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition that took place at the 114th Annual SNA Research Conference in Mobile, AL, on January 18, 2012. Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA and Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA, sponsors of the student competition, made these awards possible.

    Awards were presented by M.S., B.S., and PhD categories as follows:


    B.S. First Place - $500

    S. Evan Wilson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Development of an Elevated Dissolved Oxygen Treatment System


    M.S. First Place - $500

    Irene E. Palmer, North Carolina State University

    Biomass Yield and Nitrogen Response of Perennial Bioenergy Grasses in North Carolina


    M.S. Second Place - $300

    Jason B. Lattier, North Carolina State University

    In Vitro Regenration and Polyploid Induction of Acer platanoides L. 'Cromson Sentry'


    M.S. Third Place - $200

    Rebecca L. Pledger, North Carolina State University

    In Bed with Rain Gardens


    PhD First Place - $500

    Matthew S. Wilson, Kansas State University

    Feeding Preference of Southern Pine Sawyer Beetle for Four Species of Pine


    PhD Second Place - $300

    Anthony L. Witcher, University of Southern Mississippi

    Factors Affecting Early Seedling Development in Whole Pine Tree Substrates


    PhD Third Place - $200

    Adam F. Newby, Ohio State University

    Effects of Managed Substrate Moisture Content on Zinnia Growth Under Zero and Near-Zero Leachate Treatments


    In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.


    Student involvement in the SNA Research Conference is vital to the future of horticulture. SNA acknowledges the efforts of these students and looks forward to their horticultural research contributions in the future. SNA supports horticultural research through various industry programs and services.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:49 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 honorary member award winners. The SNA Board of Directors honors individuals that have served the association and the nursery industry in various capacities throughout the years and have made outstanding contributions during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association. 


    This year, the following members were awarded honorary membership for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture:

    Thomas E.“Buddy” Martin, Martin's Nursery, Semmes, AL
    Charles H. “Charlie” Parkerson, Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA
    Dr. Sandra M. Reed, Retired Research Geneticist, U.S. National Arboretum, Atlanta, GA
    William D. “Bill” Reese, Greenbriar Nurseries, Ocala, FL


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 25 Jan 2012 11:48 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its 2012 award winners. SNA recognize professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the Southern Nursery Association and the industry through these annual awards. The 2012 SNA awards were presented to the following individuals.


    Honorary Memberships:

    The SNA Board of Directors honors individuals that have served the association and the nursery industry in various capacities throughout the years and have made outstanding contributions during their active participation in the Southern Nursery Association. This year, the following members were awarded honorary membership for their dedication to SNA and the field of horticulture:


    Thomas E.“Buddy” Martin, Martin's Nursery, Semmes, AL

    Charles H. “Charlie” Parkerson, Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA

    Dr. Sandra M. Reed, Retired Research Geneticist, U.S. National Arboretum, Atlanta, GA

    William D. “Bill” Reese, Greenbriar Nurseries, Ocala, FL


    Bryson L. James Student Research Competition Awards:


    Seven students from five universities were presented cash awards during the Bryson L. James Student Research Competition that took place at the 114th Annual SNA Research Conference in Mobile, AL, on January 18, 2012. Bennett’s Creek Wholesale Nursery, Suffolk, VA and Lancaster Farms, Suffolk, VA, sponsors of the student competition, made these awards possible.


    Awards were presented by M.S., B.S., and PhD categories as follows:


    B.S. First Place - $500

    S. Evan Wilson, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Development of an Elevated Dissolved Oxygen Treatment System


    M.S. First Place - $500

    Irene E. Palmer, North Carolina State University

    Biomass Yield and Nitrogen Response of Perennial Bioenergy Grasses in North Carolina


    M.S. Second Place - $300

    Jason B. Lattier, North Carolina State University

    In Vitro Regenration and Polyploid Induction of Acer platanoides L. 'Cromson Sentry'


    M.S. Third Place - $200

    Rebecca L. Pledger, North Carolina State University

    In Bed with Rain Gardens


    PhD First Place - $500

    Matthew S. Wilson, Kansas State University

    Feeding Preference of Southern Pine Sawyer Beetle for Four Species of Pine


    PhD Second Place - $300

    Anthony L. Witcher, University of Southern Mississippi

    Factors Affecting Early Seedling Development in Whole Pine Tree Substrates


    PhD Third Place - $200

    Adam F. Newby, Ohio State University

    Effects of Managed Substrate Moisture Content on Zinnia Growth Under Zero and Near-Zero Leachate Treatments


    In addition to the cash awards for excellence in written and oral presentations for their respective research projects, each student was presented with a plaque.


    Student involvement in the SNA Research Conference is vital to the future of horticulture. SNA acknowledges the efforts of these students and looks forward to their horticultural research contributions in the future. SNA supports horticultural research through various industry programs and services.


    Porter Henegar Memorial Award:


    In 1969, an Award of Merit was created to honor those individuals who has made outstanding contributions to ornamental horticultural reasearch and, more specifically, to SNA. In 1972, the SNA Board of Directors resolved that the Award of Merit would be renamed the Porter Henegar Memorial Award for Horticultural Research in memory of the late Porter Henegar, Past Executive Secretary of SNA (1959 - 1972), to commemorate his years of tireless effort and service to this association. The recipient is selected annually by fellow research workers for his/her concern and work toward improving the nursery industry. This year's Porter Henegar Memorial Award winner is Dr. Charles R. Hall.


    A native of North Carolina, Dr. Hall received his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984 and his Master’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He then obtained his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 1988 and began his academic career at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he spent 13 years on the faculty before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 2002. In August 2007, Dr. Hall returned to Texas A&M University as Professor and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture.


    Dr. Hall’s expertise in the production and marketing of Green Industry crops is nationally recognized in academia and among the horticultural clientele he serves. His major research, teaching, & extension areas of specialization include strategic management, market situation/outlook, cost accounting, and financial analysis for Green Industry firms. He is an invited speaker at numerous regional, national, and international meetings of various industry-related associations and organizations. He is particularly known for the enthusiasm, passion, and intensity he exhibits when speaking.


    Dr. Hall is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and has received TNLA’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Nursery Industry. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame and Honorary Lifetime Member of the Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association. In academia, Dr. Hall has received Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching and the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Student Counseling and Relations. Various Extension awards include the Outstanding Extension Publication Award from the American Society of Horticultural Science; and the Certificate of Meritorious Service and the State Early Career Award, both presented by Epsilon Sigma Phi, the professional society of the National Extension Service. He is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agricultural fraternity and has received their Grand Presidents Award and Brother of the Century designation.


    David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award:


    Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., this award is presented each year to recognize qualified young men and women for outstanding service in the field of environmental horticulture and to offer inspiration for others starting out in the field. The recipient must be 39 years of age or younger and must be a member of his/her state nursery association. Nominations are made by the SNA Participating State Association with final selection by the SNA Board of Directors.


    Halsey W. Beshears was born on November 27, 1971 in Winter Park, Florida. His family moved to Monticello, Florida in 1973, when he was two. He attended Aucilla Christian Academy in Monticello and graduated from Brookwood School in Thomasville, GA in 1989. He received his B.S. in Social Science from Florida State University and his M.S. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. Halsey began his career in the nursery industry in 1997 at his family business, Simpson Nurseries, a wholesale container growing operation servicing the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions, and today is Vice President.


    Halsey’s has participated in and received the following awards: Wedgeworth Leadership Institute Graduate Class V (2002- 2008), Wedgeworth Leadership Board of Directors (2002- 2008), President, FNGLA Big Bend Chapter (2002-2004), FNGLA Board of Directors (2003-2008), President of Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization (2008), Farm Bureau Family of Jefferson County (2009), FNGLA Young Nursery Professional of the Year (2009), Board of Advisors Farmers & Merchants Bank (2007-2011), FNGLA President (2011-Present), Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board of Advi- sors (2009-Present). He is an active member of Presbyterian Church of Monticello and the Tallahassee Young Entrepreneurs Organization. He has been a Private Instrument Rated Pilot since 2000 with over 1000 hours as PIC.


    Halsey and his wife Cristin have three daughters: Grace Hamilton – 10, Caroline Turner - 8 and Suzanne Whitelaw – 4.


    Slater Wight Memorial Award:


    In 1956, the late John B. Wight, Sr., suggested to the officers of the Southern Nursery Association that an award be offered annually to the person of their selection who, in their opinion, had contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the South and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association. The award was named the Slater Wight Memorial Award in memory of the late J. Slater Wight, brother of the late John B. Wight, Sr. Nomination and selection is made by the SNA Board of Directors.


    Joseph Claude Kinney was born on April 23, 1946, in Gaines- ville, GA. After graduating from Gainesville High School he attended the University of Georgia (1964-1965) and Gainesville State College (1968-1970). He served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division from 1965-1968. In 1972, Joe began his career in the nursery industry at Gro-Plant (known as Simpson Nursery) as an “on the road” salesman. He worked for Baucom’s Nursery (1973-1975) and later became sales manager of Flow- erwood Nursery. In July 1988, he founded Kinney Nursery (65 acres) and today produces a general line of container-grown nursery stock with emphasis on camellia, fruit and nut trees, fruiting vines and bushes, and stock not common to the trade. Joe’s business goal remains the same after 24 years – to produce high quality nursery stock, provide excellent customer service and treat employees, customers, and suppliers with respect.


    Joe received the Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He was the found- ing President of the GSHE (1998-1999). He is a member of Alabama Nursery & Landscape Association and served as President (1999-2000), a member of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and served as Senator (2006-2010), a member of the Georgia Green Industry Association, the Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association, the Southern Nursery Association, the South Alabama Nursery Associa- tion, the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association. He is also member of American Azalea Society, the American Camellia Society, and the International Plant Propagators Society. 


    Joe and his wife Cherry live in Mobile, AL. They have one son, Chad, and two grandsons, Brandon and Alex.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 20 Jan 2012 9:54 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    ACWORTH, GA  – January 20, 2012 – The SNA (Southern Nursery Association), a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S., announced today its new board of directors elected at the 114th Annual SNA Business Meeting held on January 19, during the Gulf States Horticultural Exposition in Mobile, AL.


    2012 SNA Officers include:


    President

    William J. "Bill" Boyd, Flower City Nurseries, Smartt, TN


    Vice President/Treasurer/Director Chapter 4 (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas)

    Jeffrey Howell, Rocky Creek Nursery, Lucedale, MS


    Executive Vice President

    Karen Summers, Summers & Associates, Acworth, GA


    2012 SNA Board of Directors include:


    Director Chapter 1 (Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

    Eelco Tinga, Jr., Tinga Nursery, Inc., Castle Hayne, NC


    Director Chapter 2 (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina)

    Richard May, May Nursery, Havana, FL


    Director Chapter 3 (Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee)

    Michael Hobbs, Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN

       

    Immediate Past President

    Randy Bracy, Bracy's Nursery, LLC, Amite, LA


    Board Advisor

    Danny Summers, Summers & Associates, Acworth, GA


    "I look forward to working with this new board and carrying out their directives as we move forward in redefining and rebuilding the SNA," said Karen Summers, Executive Vice President. "Their knowledge, expertise and vision will be an invaluable contribution to the association and will significantly accelerate our restructuring and growth initiatives."


    Newly elected President, Bill Boyd, is serving his second term on the SNA Board. He served his first term from 2002 - 2007, serving as President in 2006. Eelco Tinga, Jr. is serving his second term on the SNA Board as well. He served his first term on the SNA Board from 2005 - 2010, and served as SNA President in 2009. 


    "It is an honor to have these two well-seasoned and knowledgeable men serving on the SNA Board during this time, said Danny Summers, Board Advisor, Southern Nursery Association. "They both understand where SNA has been and where we need to go. Their wisdom can help steer us in the right direction as we set new goals for the future."


    Newly elected board member, Michael Hobbs, is President of Warren County Nursery, McMinnville, TN. A third generation nurseryman, Michael has been active in the industry for more than 40 years. Founded by his father and mother, Leslie and Frances Hobbs, in 1950, Warren County Nursery is a wholesale field growing operation and greenhouses for liner production offering a complete line of bareroot seedlings, cuttings, liners, vines, wildflowers, fruit and nut trees, balled & burlap shrubs, shade trees, ornamentals and evergreens. Warren County Nursery has over 400 acres in production and over the past sixty years has become recognized as a supplier of native plants used in wetlands and reforestation plantings. 


    Hobbs has served on the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Board of Directors and served as president in 1979 and 1990. He was awarded the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association Wholesale Nurseryman of the Year in 1990. He received SNA's David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award in 1980, and served on the SNA Trade Show Committee in 2005. Hobbs has also served on the Horticultural Research Institute's Board as well as many other industry committees. 

    Locally he has received the Jaycees Distinguished Service Award in 1980 and served as McMinnville Jaycees President in 1982.


    Michael married Margaret Robinson in 1969. They have three daughters:  Brandy, Ashley and Emily; four grandchildren:  Carter (10), Lauren (6), Ian (4), and Elliot (2). Michael and Margaret are members of the Hebron Church of Christ in McMinnville.


    The Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional trade association representing the horticultural industry in the southern U.S. SNA provides member services to wholesale growers, brokers, retailers, landscape contractors, landscape architects, grounds maintenance contractors, interiorscapers and allied suppliers. Established in 1899, the SNA strives to provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.


    For more information, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc., PO Box 801454, Acworth, GA 30101, Tel:  678-809-9992, Fax:  678-809-9993, mail@sna.org, or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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  • 18 Jan 2012 9:16 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The first electronic SNA News is available for downloading as a portable document format (PDF). The January 2012 SNA News includes information on:

    SNA's New Website Features 
    More Than 10,000 Pages of Research
    Member Listings
    Regional Events
    News
    Forums and More

    SNA Events At GSHE
    57th Annual SNA Research Conference
    Special State of the Industry Roundtable Session
    114th Annual SNA Business Meeting

    2012 SNA Award Winners
    Honorary Member Award
    David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award
    Slater Wight Memorial Award

    BMP Version 3.0 To Be Released This Year
    Best Management Practices Guide v 3.0 Will Be Available – 
    Free of Charge – On The SNA Website Later This Year

    SNA Office Is Back In Metro Atlanta
    Update Your Records With Our New Information

    To download the January 2012 SNA News Click Here.

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