Greenhouse

One of the most unique operations one can find themselves in is in a greenhouse. That's no secret to you because every day the game changes. Whether it's weather-related, labor-related, or plant-related (always), you go through a million hats a day plus some. These resources offer the strategies and information you need, whenever the lightning -- er, challenge -- strikes.

Craig Regelbrugge August 21 2018

Holders of greenhouse and nursery plant import permits are noticing some changes as they go through the online process to renew their permits. Most notably, the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) now requires those seeking or renewing a permit to provide botanical information for all the plant taxa they wish to import. This usually means to the genus level, althou...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

California can move forward with plans to list glyphosate as a carcinogen on the Proposition 65 list, according to a California appellate court. All products containing a compound on this list must have a label warning consumers and employees of exposure potential.
 
To be added to the Proposition 65 list a compound must be declared carcinogenic by an institution considered t...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

Research on how alcohol in trees impacts ambrosia beetle populations has been recently featured in major scientific news outlets. Dr. Chris Ranger, USDA-ARS, recently published new results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a highly reputable scientific and peer-reviewed journal.
 
PNAS features innovative, cutting-edge research that is often highl...

Tal Coley May 08 2018

Last month, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME) reintroduced the Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act. The bill, S.2670, would clarify the treatment of seasonal workers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This past week, AmericanHort was on Capitol Hill seeking support for the bill.

 

Currently, the ACA includes various de...

Craig Regelbrugge May 08 2018

As we’ve reported, the Fiscal 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Law provided the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, the authority to release up to an additional 69,320 H-2B visas if she determines "that the needs of American businesses cannot be satisfied in fiscal year 2018 with United States workers who are willing, qualified, a...

Tal Coley May 08 2018

It looks as if new Farm Bill legislation will dominate much of the May Congressional calendar, with the House preparing to bring its bill to the floor on May 14 and the Senate hoping to introduce its version by the end of the month.

 

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway is trying to whip the 218 votes needed to pass the bill in the House. The House version...

Gina Zirkle May 01 2018

2017 OSU/AmericanHort Poinsettia Cultivar Evaluation
By Gina Zirkle & Claudio Pasian

Three companies owning poinsettia cultivars accepted to participate in the 2017 trial: Dummen, Selecta, and Beekenkamp.  They sent us samples of their newest cultivars (less than two years on the market) as well as “experimental” cultivars not...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 24 2018

USDA APHIS has announced new areas being brought under the imported fire ant (IFA) quarantine, effective immediately. Counties in North Carolina and Tennessee are impacted.
 

  • North Carolina: all of Warren County
  • Tennessee: all of Cumberland, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties, as well as portions of Trousdale County
 
IFA infestations wer...

Craig Regelbrugge April 24 2018

The omnibus spending bill that Congress passed in late March had several nuggets of good news in it for horticulture. First, the U.S. National Arboretum received a $2 million budget increase, which will advance Arboretum priorities and go a long way to relieving stress from years of flat budgets and increasing costs.
 
Secondly, the 20 year old Floriculture and Nursery Resear...

Craig Regelbrugge April 24 2018

AmericanHort and the H-2B Workforce Coalition that we co-chair continue to urge the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to immediately release the approximately 69,000 additional visas that are permitted under the recently signed Fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. On April 11, the coalition sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen and Labor Secretary Acosta from over 1,...

The webinar addresses why you should use sanitation practices at plant production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results. 

Presenter: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an assistant professor at the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Her rese...

The first webinar of our brand-new series: Quarterly Advocacy Brief - An Advocacy Update on Workforce Development and the ABC's of H2A featuring Chris Schulte, CJ-Lake LLC, and Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort

Part one of the webinar will provide a brief but comprehensive update on our advocacy for labor relief - H-2A visa reform, more ...

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...