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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 July 03 2017

On June 29, the House of Representatives passed two immigration enforcement bills. One, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, seeks to broaden the types of federal support that localities could lose for failing to cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. The bill had mixed reviews among local law enforcement officials; it was opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police, and a letter by 40...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

On June 27, EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule, also known as the WOTUS Rule. The agencies also proposed to re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining "waters of the United States." According to EPA and the Corps, this proposed rule is intended to provide certainty during a...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

Just a heads-up that registration is now open for the Impact Washington advocacy leaders’ summit scheduled for September 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C. If you are thinking about the impact of issues like tax reform, the workforce, E-Verify, and the next farm bill, you aren’t alone... we are, too!  The event is shaping up to be well-timed for you to have a direct impact as Congre...

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The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded one Obama-era executive action granting relief from deportation to certain individuals, while it has left a second, affecting the so-called DREAMers, intact.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...

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.

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.

With increased consumer awareness surrounding bee and pollinator health, more of your customers want to know what they can do to help. Join us to find out how your business can become the go to source of information (and plants!) in your community.
• Learn what the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is and how it’s influencing the pollinator health debate
• Gain r...

The SANC program requires that participating facilities perform “internal audits” that indicate performed routine inspections and compliance with their individual Manual. Hear how this internal audit process works and learn from pilot nurseries how they have successfully implemented it. Also gain understanding of the external audits done by the State Department of Agriculture. Final...

Gain a front-line perspective on the topics most impacting the professional snow and ice industry. Most importantly, learn how new strategies can directly influence your bottom line. 

Presenter:
Kevin Gilbride, executive director of the Accredited Snow Contr...