Dec 22, 2016
What Was and Will BeBy Tim Hodson

It’s kind of hard to believe but we are in the final week of 2016.

As 2016 comes to a close, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the year that was.

Outside of our industry, the presidential election dominated the headlines for most of the year and my beloved Chicago Cubs finally ended their 108-year drought by winning the World Series in November!

But when it comes to the horticulture industry, it seems like it was a pretty decent year in 2016 — not great but not terrible either. While most growers will always say things could have been better, many of them that I talked to seemed to be satisfied with how the year went and now have their sights set on 2017.

So how was your 2016? Did it meet your expectations? Did it exceed them?

What was your biggest challenge this year? What was your biggest win — and how did it happen?

What are your plans for 2017? What do you anticipate for the new year? What opportunities do you look to capitalize on? Are there any new products, processes or markets on the horizon for your company?

Drop me a line at [email protected], and let me know how your 2016 was and how you expect your 2017 to be.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Know Any Rising Stars?

I wanted to remind you that we are currently accepting nominations for GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

For the sixth year now we will be celebrating the next generation of horticulture and we need your help.

We are searching for the industry’s young superstars, so if you know one or two then we want to know about those individuals too. We are looking for nominations for the Class of 2017 who we will feature in our May issue.

Anyone in the horticulture industry under the age of 40 is eligible to be nominated for the next class. Just click here to go to our online nomination form and nominate someone today. The deadline is Jan. 23, 2017.

Have a Happy New Year from everyone at GPN!

— Tim


Tim Hodson

Tim Hodson is the editorial director of GPN and Big Grower. He can be reached at [email protected]



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