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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 May 23 2017

The regulatory and industry response continues in the wake of the recent discovery that petunia varieties meeting the technical definition of “genetically engineered” (GE) have been commercialized and sold in European and North American markets without required government authorization.
 
Immediately after the first breeders and distributors of the implicated vari...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 09 2017

Senator Portman (R-OH) and Senator Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) to the Senate at the end of April. The RAA updates the Administrative Procedures Act for the first time in over 70 years to increase accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process. An overall goal is to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on job creators yet still allow age...

Craig Regelbrugge May 09 2017

Two immigration bills have just been introduced in the Senate. The first, S.1040, was introduced by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI). A House companion bill was introduced by Representative Ken Buck (R-CO). With strong backing of the libertarian Cato Institute, the bills would establish a new “state-based visa” pilot program that would complement existing but limited federal visa programs...

Craig Regelbrugge May 09 2017

For those monitoring the H-2B program, recent passage of a federal spending bill is a case of “one important step forward, but still more to go.”  The bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2017 may enable limited H-2B program cap relief but only if the Trump Administration acts to do so.
 
The bill provides the Se...

Davi Bowen May 09 2017

With deadlines looming, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a roughly $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through September 30 and avoids a government shutdown. The House passed the omnibus spending bill on a 309-118 vote while the Senate passed the bill 79-18.  
 
The bill features language that may enable additional H-2B visas,...

Craig Regelbrugge May 09 2017

On April 25, President Donald Trump convened a White House round table discussion with 14 farmers. The President also issued a new executive order on agriculture and rural prosperity, establishing a federal task force led by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to identify policy, regulatory, and legislative measures to bolster the agricultural sector. AmericanHort chairman-elect Tom Demaline, Wi...

Craig Regelbrugge May 02 2017

IMG_3267-(1).JPGOn the first day Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in office, AmericanHort -- and the entire green industry -- had a seat at the Farmer’s Roundtable hosted by the White House. That seat was occupied by none other than i...

Craig Regelbrugge April 25 2017

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) will be the opening conference speaker at the Impact Washington advocacy leaders’ summit hosted by AmericanHort in our Nation’s Capital on September 11 – 13. Tillis will address our group bright and early on Tuesday, September 12. 
 
Building on a successful private industry career, Tillis was elected to the Nort...

Craig Regelbrugge April 25 2017

On April 25, President Donald Trump held a “farmers’ roundtable” in the West Wing of the White House. Roughly a dozen producers were invited, representing diverse geographies and industries. We were most fortunate to have horticulture at the table, the seat capably filled by Tom Demaline, president and CEO of Willoway Nurseries in Avon, OH and incoming Chairman of the Board of...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 25 2017

Dr. Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech, is leading a large study to evaluate the efficacy of several biologically based control products against boxwood blight and released a report on the work thus far. Please keep in mind that this study was only conducted one time, and final conclusions cannot be drawn yet. However, some of the products warrant further examination.
 
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The SANC program requires that “we say what we do, and we can prove that we do it.” Learn what documentation this requires and how that documentation reflects the traceability of a product received and shipped and the pest scouting, mitigation, and personnel training that happened along the way. Hear from pilot nurseries what information they found helpful to include and how they&rs...

Customers have distinct buying motivations. Understanding these buying motivations is a key element of marketing, customer service, determining what products to offer, and so much more. Join Bill Calkins and Jennifer Noble as they walk you through how to understand buying motivations and create valuable customer profiles that fit your business and its customers.

In May 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final final rule doubling the salary level for "white collar" employees exempt from overtime pay, as well as the role of the overtime exemption for agricultural workers. We will discuss efforts to block the new overtime rule and possible strategies for employers to comply with the rule when it takes effect on December 1, 2016. From the...

Charlie Hall is back, and he's taking a look at how contingency plans can prevent crisis in business life and how having the right team can help prevent and adapt to economic downturns.

Are your clients asking about moss walls? As awareness has grown, there has been an increased demand for moss walls in interiors. In this webinar you will learn basic moss wall considerations and techniques from Joe Zazzera, who has been building and installing moss walls for seven years. Learn about types of moss, adhesion, and framing as well as how to sell and pricing basics.

Pinterest is truly a phenomenon, giving users the ability to bookmark, collect, and organize images for all of their ideas, inspiration, projects, and learning. We’ll talk about why Pinterest can be a great tool in marketing your business, and we’ll walk through how to succeed with proven strategies. Join us for a webinar that will help to take your social media marketing to the nex...

You want to keep your plants on the job as long as possible because it's better for you and your company. But what do you do when the plant has lots of brown and yellow leaves, is old and thin, or has lost its design integrity? When do you fix it or replace it? Learn some tricks on how to make your plants last longer and when to bring in the replacement.

Presented by: Heddy S...

What’s eating your plants? Find out how to look for and identify the most common pests on indoor plants, plus a few rarities that can wreak havoc on your plants. You’ll see what these mites, insects, and other pests look like in real life – and up close under a magnifying glass or microscope. Learn where to look, which plants are most prone, the environmental conditions that c...

It’s the middle of winter, so how do I keep my plants and my clients happy? Join Vicky Cate to discover some very simple tricks that will make your clients think you are a magician and the most helpful person they know! You’ll learn how to keep a smile on your and your client’s face and how to keep your plants happy too!
 

Joe Baer looks at how you can repurpose existing equipment in your store.