The UMass Extension Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture Team supports the greenhouse industry with research and information on environmentally safe production practices and marketing. The greenhouse industry is one of the largest production agriculture moneymakers in Massachusetts's, valued at $78 million dollars. There are over 1000 commercial greenhouse and flower producing operations growing potted plants, perennials, bedding plants and cut flowers. The team's overall goal is to help Massachusetts greenhouse growers remain profitable within the environmental, social, and economic climate of the state.
Fertilizer retailers, landscape and turf practitioners in Massachusetts are advised to keep informed about changing plant nutrient management regulations. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has developed statewide plant nutrient regulations that went into effect on June 5, 2015. New regulations for agricultural production will take effect on December 5, 2015.
For information about the regulations from MDAR see: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/pesticides/plant-nutrient-management.html
See: Handouts and Presentations from our recent program, Winter Flower Growers' Program held on February 2 (co-sponsored with Massachusetts Flower Growers Association)....and handouts from other recent educational programs.
300 pages of current recommendations for nonchemical and chemical management of greenhouse insects, mites, diseases, weeds and algae, plus recommendations for using plant growth regulators. Just $40. Order your copy today!
http://greenhousepestguide.umass.edu/ and http://greenhousediseaseguide.umass.edu/
Try our new mobile optimized website apps for insect, mite and disease management of greenhouse crops. Both guides contain options for biocontrol control, products for organic production and pesticides for commercial greenhouse production.
Here are state and federal funding opportunities for greenhouse businesses, in the fact sheet: A List of Energy and Agriculture Grants and Greenhouse Energy Resource