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Harris Seeds introduces Worm Power

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Rochester, N.Y.-based Harris Seeds, a provider of garden seeds, supplies and organic gardening solutions, is partnering with Worm Power to offer its organic fertilizer to gardeners nationwide. The agreement makes Harris Seeds the primary distributor of Worm Power in the United States.

Worm Power’s fertilizer, which shares the company name, is produced by millions of earthworms. The rich and crumbly, odorless fertilizer is now available nationwide in convenient shaker cans and in three bag sizes. Brew-it-yourself Worm Power Shower is also available, allowing gardeners to feed plants with liquid Worm Power.

“Promoting Worm Power to gardeners and garden centers was a natural step, given Harris Seeds’ expanding line of seeds and supplies for organic gardeners,” said Solveig Hanson, organic product manager at Harris Seeds. “There’s a symbiosis between Harris Seeds and Worm Power. Our partnership means that Worm Power can focus on taking care of its 60 million earthworms and producing top-quality organic fertilizer, while we can do what we do best: connect with our extensive network of gardeners and provide excellent customer service.”

Founded in 2003 and located in Dairy Country in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Worm Power has built and operates the largest earthworm composting facility in the Western hemisphere.

 

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Industry Dashboard for Feb. 28, 2011

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gas prices were climbing slowly but steadily in 2011, but this week the national average price per gallon of regular surged 18 cents to $3.35. That’s 65 cents higher than a year ago.

Elsewhere on the Industry Dashboard, the Existing-Home Sales meter shows gains for the year and the month, based on estimates from the National Association of Realtors. Single-family starts are lagging at a dismal pace of 413,000.

Tractor Supply and Stanley Black & Decker continue to pace the Home Channel Stock Roundup, which also shows three stocks slipping into negative territory for the month — Sherwin-Williams, Lowe’s and Home Depot. 

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Maine governor seeks repeal of big-box law

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage, along with business groups and other supporters, are trying to repeal a 2007 law that requires communities to consider the economic impact of "big-box" stores such as Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart before issuing building permits. 

According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, Republican legislator Tyler Clark has introduced a bill, LD 322, that would repeal the Informed Growth Act of 2007, which opponents believe is inherently biased against larger retail operations.

"We as a government are telling communities what we think is best for them, which apparently is that all large retail stores are bad for the economy and should not be built," Clark argued before the legislature. 

The Informed Growth Act requires, among other things, that an economic impact study be conducted to determine the number and location of existing retail establishments where there is overlap of goods and services; projected net job creation and loss as a result of the new retail development; and impacts on local roads, utilities and emergency service providers.

 

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