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Sometimes you just need to find the latest info and news industry-wide, and this is the place to find it. From business management to Washington’s impact you’ll find the latest articles and videos here.

Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation offers a “nursery policy” in all 50 states. However, the nursery crop insurance system has always been complicated and, well, at least a little dysfunctional. Over the years, we’ve had several industry leaders testify before Congress on problems with the program, yet little if anything has changed for the better.
 
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Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded one Obama-era executive action granting relief from deportation to certain individuals, while it has left a second, affecting the so-called DREAMers, intact.
 
On June 15, Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Ame...

Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on June 19 announcing additions to its list of plants it considers to be “not authorized pending pest risk analysis” (NAPPRA). Plants listed as NAPPRA may be restricted from entry because they are believed to be hosts of quarantine pests or because they are considered...

Chris Schulte June 20 2017

As the country approaches the five-month mark in the Trump Administration, we can look back on current trends in regulations and enforcement activities and look ahead to what these changes and future changes might mean for labor issues in horticulture. Key positions in the Administration have nominees but are yet to be filled, including Administrator of the Wage & Hour Division (WHD) and U....

Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

Offshore-produced plant cuttings of diverse varieties of annuals and perennials have become an important component of the greenhouse and nursery industry supply chain. Over one billion unrooted cuttings are imported each year from farms primarily in Latin America and Africa. They are rooted and finished in growing operations across the country.
 
Unrooted cuttings are highly ...

Jennifer Gray June 06 2017

As we usher in June, the horticultural industry has continued opportunity to extend sales and participate in the ongoing pollinator health discussion.

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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 06 2017

How green are urban trees? A group of researchers from the University of Illinois, University of Florida, and University of Kentucky posed that very question.
 
A great deal of research illustrates how trees benefit urban environments, such as filtering particulate matter, lowering urban heat island effects, and storm water mitigation. One more attribute to consider is a tree...

Craig Regelbrugge June 06 2017

Nearly a month has passed since President Trump signed legislation that could address the H-2B cap. Sadly, the Secretary of Homeland Security has not yet exercised its new temporary authority to approve additional H-2B visas this year despite an intensive lobbying effort from the H-2B Workforce Coalition and users in industries such as landscaping, resorts, fairs and carnivals, and seafood proc...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 06 2017

The Bee Informed Partnership released their preliminary survey results of honey bee colony losses from April 2016 through March 2017, and the news is cautiously good! Annual honey bee loss was estimated to be the second lowest rate recorded (over the last seven years), at 33.2%. Winter ...

Craig Regelbrugge June 06 2017

President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year is out and has created a stir, especially regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture where significant cuts are proposed. Trump has proposed $4.7 billion less for FY2018 for all of USDA, which is a 21% reduction as compared with FY2017. The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in particular, was singled out with a pledge to refo...

Best Practices in Hiring and Firing
Presented on: June 14, 2017
Richard D. Alaniz | Senior Partner, Alaniz Shraeder Linker Farris Mayes, L.L.P
 

Have you ever regretted a hiring decision? How do you ensure that you select the right applicant when hiring? What do you do when you need to fire an employee? In this session, attendees will lear...

If you've already experienced or are at risk for exotic ambrosia beetle attacks, this webinar is critically important for management strategies and prevention measures that will ultimately impact your bottom line for better or for worse.

Exotic ambrosia beetles are among the most destructive pests of trees growing in ornamental nurseries and tree fruit orchards. Beetles tunne...

This is the full version of the webinar and is only available to Premium level AmericanHort members. If you are a Premium member and are trying to access the video please contact us for the password.

What’s the latest news on boxwood blight? Boxwood blight is one of the latest scourges to impact the green industry, from nursery production to landscape maintenance & i...

Charlie's Angle - Time to Make Hay! -- Spring Outlook for the Green Industry
With executive orders flying off the President's desk at record pace, there are interesting ramifications (and tradeoffs) that result. Join Charlie as he discusses the green industry outlook resulting from the interest rate increases coming down the pike, current labor situation, and the pace of housing ...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges you've seen in a long time?&...

Gain perspective of the current reality of LED vs. traditional lighting technologies in indoor horticultural applications.  

Presented by Eric Moody from P.L. Light Systems. P.L. Light Systems (a division of Hortilux Schréder ) is a leading manufacturer of horticultural lighting systems across a variety of technologies including LED, high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide ...

Tips on how fertilizer-injector maintenance is an easy DIY project to get you ready for the busy spring season. Lela will go over some quick and easy tips on Dosatron upkeep to keep it performing to its maximum potential. There's enough to worry about during the spring, and your Dosatron shouldn't be one of them. 

Presented by: Lela Kelly, Dosatron Vice Presiden...

ACHIEVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER WITH PROVEN AND LASER FOCUS. Most leaders spend their time reacting to opportunities, problems and fires––and they end up over-working, mis-spending their resources, and wildly under performing. The typical privately held company only reaches 50% of its true potential, and often much less! Is any of this happening at your company?


To reach...

FlowVision is a lean business and supply chain consulting group. Their experience with creating lean flow at all levels including service, productivity, quality, and repeatability has been shown to give companies a payback of 500% within the first year. This webinar series illustrates different aspects of Lean Flow principles with tangible strategies to begin implementing immediately.