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SBM Finalizes the Acquisition of Bayer Garden and Bayer Advanced
SBM has announced that the acquisition of Bayer’s Environmental Science business unit has been finalized. The consumer segment encompasses Bayer Garden in Europe and Bayer Advanced in North America and these businesses will be grouped together with Novajardin’s consumer brands (Solabiol, Capiscol, Caussade and ANTI) in a new business unit named SBM Life Science. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Darwin Perennials Announces New Website
Darwin Perennials has announced its updated website that features a mobile-friendly design and easy navigation. Visitors can browse products, view catalogs, literature, blogs and watch videos. Other features include an Ask the Experts page, a downloadable bench cards tool. a microsite for the Rhythmix mixed container combos and a Where to Buy list of Unrooted & Liner sources with regional suppliers.

Danziger Refreshes Corporate Identity
Danziger has refreshed is corporate identity with a new logo, graphic positioning and messaging. The messaging under the slogan is now Danzigr. Imagine More.

Mt. Cuba Center Receives 2016 GWA Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement
Mt. Cuba Center’s research report, “Coreopsis for the Mid-Atlantic Region” , has received the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement for Best Overall Trade, presented by GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. The report details the results of a three-year study on coreopsis. Plant experts at Mt. Cuba Center observed the growth habits, vitality and ecological value of 94 different selections of perennial and annual coreopsis. The newly report ranks the top-performing cultivars for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Western IPM Center Offers $250,000 in Grants to Address Pest Issues in the West
The Western Integrated Pest Management Center is making available $250,000 in grant funding to individuals and organizations developing IPM resources. Proposals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on December 9 and funded projects will begin in spring 2017. Applicants eligible to apply include private individuals and institutions, businesses, commodity organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and faculty and staff of two- and four-year universities.

This year, grant dollars are available in four categories:

  • Project Initiation Grants, which begin new IPM research; $30,000 maximum
  • Work Group Grants, which bring collaborators together; $30,000 maximum
  • Outreach and Implementation Grants, which directly promote IPM adoption; $30,000 maximum
  • IPM Planning Documents, which create crop profiles and pest management strategic plans; $15,000 maximum