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  • 10 Oct 2011 9:38 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Oak Grove, VA, October 10, 2011 – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is moving beyond the small steps it has taken over the past few months to rebuild the association and has begun taking larger steps to focus on rebuilding the marketplace in the Southeast.


    Founded in 1899, the SNA was a prominent industry leader for more than 100 years. After a transition of leadership in 2006, and several years of economic downturn, coupled with industry consolidation, a decline in membership and the cancellation of the annual SNA trade show, the 112-year old association found itself in a downward spiral and a stagnant condition. In November of 2010, Danny and Karen Summers, who served the association from 1988 to 2006, contacted the current board of directors and a core group of past presidents and members to encourage them to pull together to save the association.


    In February of this year, Karen Summers was appointed Interim Executive Vice President. Danny Summers was appointed Board Advisor. Since then, the group has been hard at work to set new directives for organizational change to rebuild the association and once again become an integral part of the horticulture industry in the southeast. The future focus will be on member services to promote sales and profitability, and monitoring issues that cross state lines and impact the region. Taking advantage of the digital age, vital industry services, current news and relevant information will be delivered online through the new SNA website (www.sna.org). The new website features a virtual marketplace with a robust search engine for locating people, products and services, as well as more than 10,000 pages of horticultural research. Member forums, blogs, and email alerts add to the functionality of the new system.


    To assure regional participation and input, several new committees have been created and will be functioning soon. These new committees will assist with efforts to provide communication, education, information and marketing opportunities throughout the region. In addition, the annual SNA Business Meeting and SNA Research Conference have been scheduled and will be held in conjunction with the GSHE in Mobile, AL in January of 2012. A special roundtable discussion, exploring ways to stimulate the marketplace to create more business opportunities in the Southeast is planned to take place during this time. More details to follow.


    You can expect to see many changes and lots of activity in the coming months with the launch of the new website, new committee development, member surveys, regional news and information disseminated once again, and industry leaders recognized through the SNA awards program.


    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 further information on SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Voice: 804.224.9352, Fax: 804.224.9352, Email: mail@sna.org or visit the SNA Website at www.sna.org.


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    Southern Nursery Association, Inc., 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443 

    Phone/Fax: 804-224-9352, Email: mail@sna.org, Website: www.sna.org

  • 06 Oct 2011 3:01 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    Your input is needed to evaluate the current Nursery Crop Insurance Program.  


    Watts and Associates, Inc. (http://www.wattsandassociates.com/), under contract to the USDA Risk Management Agency, will hold a listening session regarding the FCIC Nursery Crops Insurance Program in October. The listening session is scheduled at 9 AM, October 13, 2011, at the Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center Conference Room,  472 Cadillac Lane McMinnville,  TN . If you plan to attend, please contact Dr. Randy Landgren (rlandgren@wattsandassociates.com) so rooms with space appropriate for the sessions can be arranged.

    The contract covers a review of existing insurance and a look at what might be done to improve the program under the constraints of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Producers are especially encouraged to attend. Other industry stakeholders (insurance personnel, educators, suppliers, shippers, etc.) are welcome. Individuals who do not fit into either of these broad categories, but who wish to provide input or are interested in the research process are also welcome to attend. The focus of the listening sessions will be upon obtaining information not otherwise available, such as degree of interest, reasons for interest, willingness to pay, risks to production (natural and man-made), perceptions of potential conflicts and difficulties, etc. However, information will be welcomed regarding all topics of interest.


    If you would prefer to send written input, please send it to Dr. Landgren (rlandgren@wattsandassociates.com). A phone contact in your email will allow follow-up if necessary, but supplying such contact information is not a requirement.

  • 28 Sep 2011 2:26 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    Washington, DC – American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA)'s Craig Regelbrugge, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research updated associations across the country yesterday (September 27, 2011), during a conference call, on the current immigration bills in the U.S. House.  ANLA is maintaining a strong presence in this debate on behalf of the entire horticulture industry.  

    As ANLA requests for industry members to react to proposed legislation, we will keep you informed.  For a current legislative report, follow this link to the ANLA website:  CLICK HERE.

    ANLA provides nursery and landscape businesses a strong, national voice on Capitol Hill, lobbying for effective solutions to small business issues and closely monitoring key federal regulatory agencies. SNA urges all industry members to support ANLA.  Their work on the our behalf is vital to providing a healthy business environment for the industry.

    Thank you ANLA!
  • 26 Sep 2011 4:01 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    The SNA History Archives, developed in 1999 during the association's 100th anniversary, is now fully cataloged and available for viewing at the Atlanta History Center's Cherokee Garden Library.  Click here for the full details and links to indexes for the SNA Records, Photos, and an industry Seed and Nursery Catalog collection.
  • 01 Sep 2011 7:16 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    All reports from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland are of limited damage, major power outrages but cell phone service is nearly 100%. Hurricane Irene leaves the area with lots of cleanup for those nurseries in the path of the storm. North Carolina has reports of some field grown crop nurseries with substantial losses. We encourage anyone having information or in need of help and/or supplies to post to the new SNA Disaster Forum. Further updates will follow.
  • 25 Aug 2011 5:21 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    August 25, 2011, Oak Grove, VA – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the SNA Disaster Preparedness Program is once again featured on the SNA website at www.sna.org.

    This program encourages industry member firms to better prepare for times of emergencies and includes education materials or events, electronic communication systems, as well as a list of equipment (coming soon) available from other industry members such as power generators, satellite phones, labor, supplies, and other products and services needed during these times. In addition, national and regional disaster resources are listed as a convenience to the industry.


    The SNA Disaster Preparedness Program Forum also provides a line of communication to post general comments or information relating to current conditions, needs and available assistance. We are very fortunate to be involved in a very industry - an industry that reaches out to even their competitors. This Forum helps facilitate that spirit.


     The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is a non-profit, professional trade association serving the horticulture industry since 1899. As a regional organization, SNA works to advance the horticulture industry in the southeast by supporting educational, research and marketing opportunities to assure the success of the industry.


    For more information on the SNA visit the SNA website at www.sna.org, or contact Karen Summers at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, 804.224.9352.


  • 11 Aug 2011 3:22 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    August 11, 2011, Oak Grove, VA – The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) announced today that the 2011 SNA Research Conference Proceedings has been completed and is  available to view or download on the SNA website at www.sna.org. This 432-page document contains the latest in horticultural research. 

    Eighty-four titles are included by authors from 15 states (AL, AR, FL, GA, IN, KY, KS, LA, MS, NC, OR, SC, TN, TX and VA) and Brazil and Mexico. Twelve research categories include:  Weed Control, Plant Breeding & Evaluation, Growth Regulators, Floriculture, Entomology, Economics & Marketing, Water Management, Pathology & Nematology, Container Grown Plant Production, Landscape, Plant Propagation, Engineering, Structures & Innovation.

    The SNA Research Conference, hosted by the SNA, is held annually. This unique two-day forum has become world-renown for quality research and is the only conference of its kind in the world! Top researchers and educational leaders from leading universities present their latest discoveries in horticulture. Presentations are approximately seven minutes each and are concise and easy to understand. The conference format allows industry members to attend all presentations or only those topics of interest.

    The 2012 SNA Research Conference, scheduled for January 18 - 19, will be held in conjunction with the Gulf States Hort Expo (GSHE) at the Arthur A. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, AL. Complete details will be announced in the weeks ahead.

    The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) is a non-profit, professional trade association serving the horticulture industry since 1899. As a regional organization, SNA works to advance the horticulture industry in the southeast by supporting educational, research and marketing opportunities to assure the success of the industry.

    For more information on the SNA visit the SNA website at www.sna.org, or contact Karen Summers at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, 804.224.9352.



  • 28 Jul 2011 2:02 PM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    A question was posed by someone wanting to make a memorial contribution to the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of Tommy Heneger, former SNA EVP who died this past Tuesday.

    Contributions can be made by forwarding a check payable to:

    Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund
    PO Box 801513
    Acworth, GA 30101
  • 28 Jul 2011 9:49 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)
    News of the sudden death of former SNA Executive Vice President Tommy Henegar swept through the association yesterday. Mr. Thomas L. Henegar, age 81 of Franklin, TN, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN.

    Born in McMinnville, TN, he was the son of the late D. Porter and Pearlee Elliot Henegar. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, a past member and president of the Nursery Association Executives of North America (NLAE), and a past Hall-of-Fame member of the Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association. He was a member of the Vine Street Christian Church, Nashville, TN.

    Mr. Henegar served as the Executive Vice President of the Southern Nursery Association for sixteen years (1972 - 1988.) His father, Porter Henegar held the position for thirteen years prior (1959 - 1972.) During his tenure with the SNA, the association experienced much progress and growth as membership reached a record 1,000 members. He played a key role in the development and growth of the annual SNA Trade Show, increasing from 285 booths to more than 1,000 booths and trade show attendance recognizing a 55% increase. He was also instrumental in bringing the state associations throughout the region together for the annual SNA State Officer's Conference that provided an open forum for learning and exchanging information. His service to the association was cut short when he suffered a stroke in 1988.

    Mr. Henegar was honored with the prestigious Slater Wight Memorial Award in 1989. The award is presented annually to the person who, in the opinion of the SNA Board of Directors, has contributed most to the advancement of the industry in the south and to the welfare of the Southern Nursery Association.

    Mr. Henegar's  parents precede in death. Survivors include his wife, Mary Trigg Henegar of Franklin; his aunt, Edith Davies of McMinnville; nephews, Leonard Cathey of Franklin and Trigg Cathey of Lewisburg. 

    Graveside services for Mr. Henegar will be conducted on Friday, July 29, 2011 at 11 a.m., at Lone Oak Cemetery in Lewisburg, with Reverend Leland Carden officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be past Presidents of Southern Nursery Association. 

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made as your heart leads. If you would like to make a memorial donation to the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, make checks payable to:  Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund and forward to:

    Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund
    c/o Harvey Cotten, Jr., Trustee
    1006 Fraser Avenue
    Huntsville, AL 35801

    Expressions of sympathy can be made by logging in to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tennessean/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=152785886.

    Thomas L. Henegar's legacy lives on through a museum collection of archives donated by the Southern Nursery Association on deposit at the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center.
  • 28 Jul 2011 7:23 AM | Karen Summers (Administrator)

    July 28, 2011, Oak Grove, VA – Forwarding their mission of providing a higher level of member services, the Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the launch of their new website (http://www.sna.org). 

    After months of work, this completely revamped site is a must for buyers and sellers of horticulture-related products in the southeast. The new design was streamlined with a fresh new look and a wealth of resources featuring significantly improved navigation and usability as well as content.

    The new site features a customizable member and product search that allows users to locate people, companies and products with just a few keystrokes, streamlined access to more than 10,000 pages of horticultural research white papers, upcoming regional and national events, event registration, and more. A "Members Only" area offers SNA members an interactive community through sixteen various forums and access to information about exclusive member discounts.

    Through an integrated membership database, new member listings are active and searchable the moment they join. Members can log in and update their company information at any time. Automated renewal notices will direct members to the website where they can renew and pay online through a secure credit card payment system. 

    In addition, an email blast system and blogging module will provide an easy method of interaction and communication with members about upcoming events and important industry news.

    "We want our site to be the go-to source for locating horticultural products in the southeast region through our electronic marketplace, as well as a comprehensive resource for regional news and information," stated Karen Summers, Interim Executive Vice President. "I'm excited about the new features of the site and what it will mean to the future of our association - and the industry."

    Future plans for the new SNA website include an online newsletter, advertising opportunities for members and a job board.

    The launch of this new website should signal to its members that the Southern Nursery Association is actively taking steps to become more relevant to its members with through improving its functionality and focusing on issues that cross state lines and impact the region.

    Established in 1899, the Southern Nursery Association is a non-profit, professional 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 provide educational, marketing and networking opportunities essential to the survival of the horticultural industry.

    For more information on the SNA, contact the Southern Nursery Association, Inc. at 894 Liberty Farm Road, Oak Grove, VA 22443-5200, Tel:  804.224.9352, Email:  mail@sna.org or visit www.sna.org.

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