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Many got into this industry because of a passion for plants, not a passion for business. But just because you don't call yourself business-savvy now doesn't mean you can't get there. Everything from marketing to finance, HR to succession planning -- if it's got to do with management and keeping the doors open, we got it.

AmericanHort Contributor January 20 2020

American businesses are on the threshold of the next presidential election year, and the uncertainty of what’s to come and who assumes office is prompting businesses to ensure they are taking every advantage of the lowest tax rates and highest exemptions available under the current tax code.
 
Being proactive now can ensure that you capitalize on some o...

Tristan Daedalus January 20 2020

The trucking sector has undergone several regulatory changes over the past few years.  Altogether, these changes have made shipping green products slightly more complicated.  AmericanHort has been on the forefront of this fight, working to make the regulatory environment cleare...

Ken Fisher January 17 2020

Welcome to 2020 – a New Year and a New Decade which promises great accomplishment and progress for our industry, our world…and ourselves! 

Like rings on a tree or the deepening lines on my forehead, we mark our time on ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 17 2020

New Year’s resolutions typically focus on healthier lifestyles, kicking bad habits, and ways to increase happiness.  Unfortunately, there’s a tendency to drop resolutions as quickly as they’re started – on average, most don’t make it to January’s end. 
 
K·Coe Isom tax advisors are putting an end to the resolution let-down ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 15 2020

Your digital edition of AmericanHort - 2020 Resource Directory is available now.

AmericanHort Contributor December 09 2019

AmericanHort announces the newest member affinity partner, Plant Sentry™, an online comprehensive plant compliance tool. Plant Sentry was built using feedback from green industry leaders, including advocacy partners such as AmericanHort, along with federal and state regulatory officials.

As the shipment of live plants across state lin...

AmericanHort Contributor November 18 2019

By: Mary Beth Cowardin, Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement, AmericanHort, MaryBethC@AmericanHort.org 
 

Today, there are countless ways to measure your marketing effectiveness and take the myste...

Jennifer Gray November 18 2019

By: J James Owen, Jr., Virginia Tech; Anthony LeBude, North Carolina State University; Jill Calabro, HRI; Jennifer Boldt, USDA-ARS; Jennifer Gray, HRI; and James Altland, USDA-ARS. 
 

Horticulture is a...

AmericanHort Contributor November 18 2019

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2019

These three words describe one of the most common problems that confront employers in managing today’s workplace. The failure to pay employees properly as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and similar state wage and hour laws is the basis for the most frequently filed legal actions against employers. The FLSA has been in place since the darkest days of the Great Depression i...

In any given year, about 1 in 10 employees will come to work high or drunk. Do you have a system in place to detect and respond to intoxicated or high workers? In this session, attendees will learn the latest laws and regulations regarding accommodating medical marijuana, handling employee use of prescription opioids (especially when they may operate machinery), and drug tests.
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Business software comes in many shapes and sizes, but how do you know what system is right for your company? In this webinar, learn the building blocks of business systems, the relationship between growth and complexity, how to know if your business is ready for a change, and the keys to a successful implementation. 

Presenter: Greg Lafferty, Senior Account Manager, Pract...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...

Industry Insider Report: A Perspective on Profit Margin – this is a panel discussion with Charlie Hall, AmericanHort’s Chief Economist and three industry members. They discuss what they learned from the information shared in the series of Industry Insider Report videos and share some of the practices they are putting in place in their own businesses to help address these market dyna...

Ever wonder what consumers think when they shop for plants? We do! A team of researchers has been investigating the plant selection and shopping process for a few years with eye-tracking glasses. While we can’t hear what consumers are thinking (exactly), we can understand what they are thinking about by watching where their eyes travel. Dr. Bridget Behe will present key findings from rece...

In this segment of Charlie's Angle, Charlie clarifies a couple of things from his mid-year economic outlook webinar and emphasizes that there is still time to make strategic investments in your business before the next economic downturn. These investments can be technology-related, of course, and what makes ...

A prediction revealed by the OMB Director a couple of weeks ago projected long-term, sustained economic growth of 3% in the economy over the next decade. Join Charlie as he explains what would have to happen for this prediction to actually come true. Charlie also rolls out his near-term recession forecast for the coming year.

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 ...

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.