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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 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...

Craig Regelbrugge June 06 2017

AmericanHort is actively assisting affected plant breeders, distributors, growers, and retailers as the genetically modified petunia regulatory response continues. Since our last update, there have been several changes to the list of petunias confirmed or suspected of being genetically engineered and the...

Craig Regelbrugge May 23 2017

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is considering changing or removing import restrictions on chrysanthemum plants for planting. Chrysanthemums are currently restricted from importation because of Puccinia horiana, also known as chrysanthemum white rust (CWR).
 
The first step in the process has been to analyze which pests might enter the...

Craig Regelbrugge May 23 2017

We recently posted in our “In Your Corner” blog about garden enthusiasts up in arms over the allegation that Home Depot is selling Asclepias spp., milkweeds, bearing a label indicating that the plants have been treated with a neonicotinoid. Not good!

Of course, many milkweed specie...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 23 2017

The comment period for EPA’s draft ecological risk assessment review of the pyrethroid class of insecticides was recently reopened. If you did not previously submit a comment in the first comment period, please do so now at the AmericanHort Voter Voice si...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 23 2017

The EPA recently announced a further delay in the implementation of the Certification and Training of Pesticide Applicators rule. This time around, implementation is extended a full year.

The original effective date of March 6, 2017 had been extended twice already by the Trump administration. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt acknowledged the need for additional time to enable states ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 23 2017

AmericanHort continues to urge the Department of Homeland Security to immediately implement H-2B cap relief authorized in the fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act that President Trump signed into law on May 5. The new law gives the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the authority to approve additional H-2B visas if he determines that there is an ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 23 2017

This week, Congress receives President Donald Trump’s budget proposal for fiscal 2018, which begins October 1. The budget blueprint is expected to propose $1.7 trillion in cuts to various social programs, including $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid and $274 billion in cuts to means-tested programs, which includes food stamps.
 
Tied to the budget blueprint, fiscal conser...

Crapemyrtle currently is a $66M/year wholesale value crop. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there were 33 states producing crapemyrtles, and the number of plants sold in 2014 was close to 5 million, a 64% increase from 2009. Crapemyrtle bark scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae

No one likes doing maintenance, but it's one of the most important ways of setting yourself up for success. See how easy maintenance can be with these insider tricks and get ready for your best growing season yet.


Presented By: Lela Kelly, Dosatron International

Equipment theft is an ongoing issue for landscape contractors. Join Zachery Bruce and Brent Bates, from Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits, to learn how to prevent equipment from disappearing from your property and the job site. Learn some of the best practices in the industry and how business owners are taking action to protect their valuable equipment assets.

For outdoor workers, heat-related illnesses are a potential  but preventable occurrence. Join Jill and Brent to learn how to train your employees on the signs and  symptoms of heat illness, steps for prevention, and who could be  affected. Devel...

What is SANC? It stands for the Systems Approach to Nursery Certification. Certification of nursery stock for intrastate, interstate, and international shipping has become increasingly challenging for industry and regulatory agencies due to higher shipping volumes, increasing regulated pest pressure, more rigorous shipping requirements, and dwindling resources. The National Plant Board (NPB) is...

Learn what language to include and avoid when entering into contracts generally and snow removal contracts specifically. Make sure your contracts protect your interests, limit your exposure to what you are responsible for, and make others responsible for what they control.


Presented By: Brent A. Bates, Sr. Vice President Director of Safety Services, and J...

Light as a nutritional factor has been long overlooked. No one technology is perfect for every need, but join us to examine and discuss the pros & cons of each lighting technology and how they best fit different applications.


Presented By: Chris Pieser, President & Chief Technical Officer at Chameleon Plasma Grow Lighting

In our passion and excitement for what we do it's easy to forget that the Consumer doesn't always speak our language. What IF we changed the dialogue and used our words in a way that makes sense to the consumer? Ever been shopping for new technology and felt overwhelmed by the vocabulary? That's how your customer feels. Learn ways to adjust how you say it to better relate to your cu...

The Pest Management Plan captures how issues identified in the SANC Risk Assessment are addressed. Learn how key information from the risk assessment provides the building blocks for the Pest Management Plan and how it influences the Facility Map. The Facility Map identifies critical areas to manage potential hazards and serves as the official agreement between a SANC nursery/greenhouse and the...

As seasons and your consumers' mindsets change, so does the way they decorate and shop for Christmas. Join Shannon Kuhrt, Vice-President of M+M Wintergreens as she takes an in-depth look at the industry as it relates to fresh Christmas/winter greenery and shares valuable insights on the changes occurring in the "4th Season." Learn how to shift from the mindset of selling a product...