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The 2017 Western to Take Place Jan. 19-20 in Kansas City
The 2017 Western will take place Jan. 19-20 in Kansas City, Missouri. Registration is $50 per person for WNLA members. The 2017 Western will include:

  • Trade Show
  • Wednesday Evening Reception (Jan. 18) celebrating Kids + Nature with quick-fire presentations by Megan Sperry, Horticulture Therapist at Ozanam; Denise Scribner and students from Eisenhower High School; Susan Yoder, Executive Director for Seed Your Future; Claudia West, author of Planting in a Post-Wild World.
  • Keynote address on Planting in a Post-Wild World with Claudia West
  • Ticketed, 4-hour design workshop on Designing Resilient and Stunningly Beautiful Plant Communities
  • Learning Centers by Ball Horticultural Company, Greenleaf Nursery Company, KAT Wholesale Outdoor, SiteOne Landscape Supply, PlantRight / Schwope Brothers Tree Farms, and Stockman Stoneworks
  • Roundtable Discussions on Drones • Trends in Landscape Design • Caring for Native Plants • Water Management in the Landscape • Seed Your Future • Creating a Small Business • Engineering Problems • Hiring • Social Impact Business Models • Fruits and Nuts in the Midwest • and more
  • Horticulture in 2027 Panel Discussion
  • What’s New in 2017 new plant panel discussion
  • Fashion Show of new plants
  • Western Pub networking
  • Western University
  • GrowNative! education on Native Plants of the Midwest • Super Sedges: Purposeful Natives for the Landscape • Native Edibles and the Food Web

SBM Enters Into Agreement to Purchase Bayer’s Pasadena, Texas Facility
Following its October 5 acquisition of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced consumer businesses, SBM has entered into an agreement to acquire Bayer’s Pasadena, Texas production operations. The Pasadena site activities focus on formulation, filling and packaging of consumer use pesticide products. The site hosts multiple liquid and dust filling production lines. The projected sale of the site to SBM is expected to close in late 2017.