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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.

Gina Zirkle March 21 2017

Poinsettia breeders produce new cultivars like car manufacturers produce new models.  Some are slight variations of previous models; others may have radical changes.  They do it to keep customers’ interest high with the hope of increasing sales.  For similar reasons, plant breeders are constantly looking for new cultivars for all traditional floriculture crops.  I...

AmericanHort Contributor March 21 2017

Agricultural chemicals include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and plant growth regulators (PGRs). How much do you spend on these agricultural chemicals every year? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the annual pesticide expenditure in the U.S. is about $12.5 billion. That is a huge investment! Among the most important factors affecting the return of this investment a...

Jennifer Gray March 21 2017

I took violin lessons as a child. I can clearly remember standing at the music stand in the living room corner of my violin teacher’s house. He was an Italian man named Salvatore, who was intent on instilling a knowledge and love of music in as many students as he could.
 
Salvatore loved challenging his students to sight read by bringing out new sheet music during a le...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 14 2017

The Ornamental Horticulture group of the IR-4 Project has released another report important to the green industry - a summary of products evaluated for control of scales and mealybugs.
 
Scales and mealybugs are common pests in nursery and greenhouse production and landscapes. They feed on plant fluids, either from xylem or phloem depending on the species, and are capable of ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 14 2017

We know how important water as a resource is to the green industry. Researchers know it, too and are taking steps to ensure the results of their efforts are utilized and valued. To best do that, they need your input.
 
A national group of researchers led by Dr. Sarah White, Clemson University, was awarded a multi-million dollar grant over a five-year period to encourage the u...

Craig Regelbrugge March 14 2017

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $60 million in grants available to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that help support the success of spec...

Jennifer Gray March 14 2017

Exploring new ways to disseminate horticultural research is a core pursuit for the Horticultural Research Institute and is driving exciting changes for our donors and the industry.
 
The Journal of Environmental Horticulture was launched in 1983 to connect the industry to horticultural research and the researchers to the industry. HRI recognizes that highly relevant ...

Davi Bowen March 14 2017

Following the President’s signing of the Executive Order aimed at withdrawing the Waters of the US, or WOTUS, Rule on March 3, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers released a Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule. The notice, signed by EPA Administrator Pruitt and by Douglas Lamont, senior official at the Department of the Army, was published March 6 in t...

Davi Bowen March 14 2017

On March 9, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing chaired by Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL). The hearing, one in a series to begin to prepare for the next Farm Bill, focused on the impact and effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs intended at benefiting specialty crop producers, including nursery and floriculture growers. Witnes...

Craig Regelbrugge March 14 2017

AmericanHort continues to lobby for H-2B reform, especially H-2B cap relief. Your help is urgently needed, so please read on. We are concerned that the 33,000 visa cap for the second half of fiscal year 2017 could be reached any day now. We hope that Congress will include the H-2B returning worker exemption or other cap relief as part of an appropriations package for the remainder of fiscal yea...

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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?


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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.

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.

Join in to learn from past International Plantscape Award winners. See examples of their winning projects as they share tips about how to choose projects to enter and take photos, keys to writing contest descriptions, and how they use their awards as year-round marketing material. You will also gain insight into the judging process.

Presented by: Elliott Bennett, 

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.

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.