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Growing ornamentals and profits

Jim OwenJim Owen has his sights set on three goals when it comes to helping nursery growers.

One-third of his research and Extension work focuses on ways he can help growers save money while protecting the environment in the immediate future by reducing the amount of water used on plants.

Another third of his work looks at giving nurseries the tools they can use two and three years down the road. The final third centers on developing long-term strategies to keep the nursery industry profitable for the long haul while dealing with new environmental regulations coming down the road.

“We are working on a solution to help nursery growers in Virginia and around the country maintain their high standards of quality while helping improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and beyond,” said Owen, an associate professor of horticulture who works at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

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