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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.

Craig Regelbrugge October 24 2017

In H-2B news, AmericanHort continues to push for H-2B cap relief as part of a year-end appropriations bill or any other relevant legislation. A lobbying day is planned for November 2. Also, the Cato Institute is doing an H-2B economic study and needs user input!  Details are below.
 
The Senate Appropriations Committee could take up its version of the fiscal 2018 Departm...

Tal Coley October 24 2017

The health care debate continues to evolve. Aside from a bipartisan conversation in the Senate, that for now seems not to be getting legs, eyes are on the administration.
 
On October 12th, President Trump signed the Association Health Plan executive order allowing the Secretaries of Labor, Treasury, and Health & Human Services to consider proposing regulations...

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

In the wake of repeated GOP failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, conversations are shifting to more limited and bipartisan measures. On October 4, Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH), Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) and Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) reintroduced H.R. 3956, the “Simplifying Technical Aspects R...

Tal Coley October 10 2017

The push for major tax reform continues to progress in Washington, since the administration and congressional leaders unveiled a more detailed tax reform framework on September 27th in Indianapolis, Indiana. From a horticulture industry perspective, the details released were mostly pos...

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

On Monday, October 2, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it would consider two bills on Wednesday – the Legal Workforce Act and the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act). The former would make the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system mandatory for all employers over a period of three years; the latter would transition the existing H-2A agricultural work...

Tal Coley September 26 2017

Transferring high-value land and other business assets to the next generation can be a big challenge in our industry. It’s no surprise that in addition to cash accounting for nurseries, the estate tax was a major point of interest and discussion at the recent Impact Washington advocacy summit.
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Craig Regelbrugge September 12 2017

We’ve all long known that trees make our cities and communities more liveable. A new study puts numbers to the benefits of urban trees in the world’s largest cities. The study, led by Dr. Theodore Endreny of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, examined the ecosystem service benefits provided by trees in megacities ...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Following last week’s Senate health care failure, there seems to be a renewed focus by some lawmakers on targeted fixes to the ACA. We expect the Simplifying Technical Aspects of Seasonality (STARS) Act, which AmericanHort has supported in past Congresses, to be re-introduced shortly after the August recess.
 
Current law includes conflicting definitions of “seaso...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public comment regarding its regulations defining and delimiting exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees - better known as the “white collar exemptions.” 
 
As you may recall, t...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Just about every decision Congress makes results in someone winning and someone else losing. With Congress expected to soon pivot to some form of tax overhaul, what policies and provisions are most important to horticulture? 
 
This will be the topic of the day on August 9 as AmericanHort offers two webinars to e...

This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from garden center owners on their experience using the financial metrics discussed in the Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability like pricing...

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program, or GCP for short. The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each a...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

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.