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.

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,...

Craig Regelbrugge April 11 2018

The government funding bill that President Trump signed into law in late March includes a measure helpful to current or prospective H-2A visa program users struggling with the housing requirement. An AmericanHort-supported amendment championed by Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) removes a longstanding restriction on housing H-2A workers in facilities built with the help of USDA. The change...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 10 2018

Reports of traditionally non-plant businesses entering the crop world are on the rise. Amazon, for example, has entered in the live goods market with the announcement of new efforts to sell indoor plants. The latest entrant is Walmart, which has filed for patents to use drones in agricultural practices.
 
One patent relies on drones to identify certain pests and deliver appro...

Craig Regelbrugge April 10 2018

On March 23, President Trump signed into law a spending bill that gives the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of Labor, the discretion to approve visas above the 66,000 H-2B cap by potentially as many as 69,320 visas. AmericanHort and coalition partners are working furiously to encourage DHS to immediate resume H-2B processing and release additional visas auth...

Tal Coley April 10 2018

The hard enforcement date for the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate came and went on April 1, with violations now counting against carriers’ scores in the Compliance, Safety, and Accountability program. Vehicles...

AmericanHort Contributor April 03 2018

It started with a Dutch auction side project of green industry professionals more than twenty years ago, and quickly flourished into an international organization founded by growers, for growers, with one common mission: sustainability.
 
MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) was founded in 1995 in the Netherlands. It grew out of a small project with a Dutch auction to address...

Craig Regelbrugge March 27 2018

Heads up, employers of H-2A and H-2B visa holders – the Department of Labor (DOL) has published its “Annual Update to Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers’ Meals and for Travel Subsistence Reimbursement, Including Lodging.”  The update took effect March 21, 2018. For details, please see the DOL

Craig Regelbrugge March 27 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the long-awaited rule to restructure its regulations for importing “plants for planting” (basically, living plants and propagative material). The rule takes effect April 18.
 
Pursuant to the rule, APHIS will consolidate general requirements for importing pl...

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...