Horticultural

Research Institute

The Horticultural Research Institute proudly supports scientific research and horticultural students for the advancement of the industry. HRI was established by industry leaders on the premise that no one could better direct needed research to advance horticulture than the very people who work in it, day in and day out.

Craig Regelbrugge March 05 2019

AmericanHort and our foundation, the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), joined with co-founders of the National Pollinator Garden Network and others to announce the achievement of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. The goal of a million gardens to help sustain the health of diverse pollinator populations was not only achieved, but it was also exceeded. Here are a few of the key metri...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

Authors: Jill Calabro, PhD, & Craig Regelbrugge

With the new spending agreement signed into law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $66 million to support 407 projects that will strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, and safeguard the nursery production system. USDA provides fun...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

The chlorpyrifos debate continues, as the Ninth Circuit Court granted EPA’S request to rehear the case en banc. This means that the Chief Judge and a panel of ten randomly drawn judges will rehear the case in late March. The prior, three-judge panel decision will not be cited as a precedent in any court moving forward. 
 
The three-judge panel decided...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 06 2019

I’m not a big fan of winter. It’s just too cold and dark; plus, I like the greenness of spring and summer.

Since I won’t be moving to any subtropical or tropical climates anytime soon, I’ve learned to look for the positives of winter. For example, the first snow fall can be pretty, and I love seeing the arctic swans on the bay on my Sunday morning runs. An...

Jennifer Gray February 05 2019

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2019. Projects range from crop production innovations for both the greenhouse and nursery segments, water management in landscapes, emergent pest issues, and economic and marketing analyses. A total of $437,200 will be awarded this year. 

AmericanHort Contributor January 04 2019

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D., and Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., J.D.[1]
         
On Thursday December 20th, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill 2018, which is officially known as the Agricultural...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 11 2018

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) convened a national meeting of experts and industry stakeholders on December 11 and 12 to discuss and refine future research priorities for environmental horticulture.
 
About forty greenhouse and nursery professionals participated, along with several key researchers from the USDA, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University w...

Katie Gustafson December 03 2018

 Many of our conversations in the horticulture industry end up turning back to pollinators, and with good reason.  Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat every day, but their survival is in serious danger.  Happily, there are many ways that you can help – spreading the word, educating customers and employees, growing sustainable/po...

Ken Fisher November 30 2018

Perform Better, Grow Faster, and Prepare for the Future as part of AmericanHort, the Green Industry’s leading association. That’s our value proposition for our member companies and the industry. In 2018, we made investments and developed programs to make good on this brand promise.

Our 2018 programming started with Cultivate where over 10,000 attendees from all 50 sta...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 13 2018

As expected, the EPA has announced new changes to three dicamba formulations, including DuPont’s FeXapan®, BASF’s Engenia®, and Monsanto’s XtendiMax®. The registrations were extended two additional years with amendments to mitigate off-site damage following the second summer in a row that saw hundreds to thousands of reports of non-target crop damage due to offs...

AmericanHort will host a webinar to help green industry businesses and HR professionals plan for the 2021 season using H2 workers, J-1 interns, and other common visa types. Come listen to experts who will share informed opinions on what employers might expect as you navigate the approval process for 2021.

 

This program will feature brief agency updates from Kristi B...

Ralstonia solancearum race 3 biovar 2 (R3B2), a federal quarantine pest, was recently confirmed in a single geranium variety in a greenhouse in Michigan, the first confirmed case in the US since 2004. Diseased geraniums planted in the landscape can potentially infect other plants, including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, and must be destroyed.
Since the detection was con...

A group of House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill on October 30. How does the bill address the current H-2A program? What options are available for existing workers without proper immigration status? What about enforcement provisions? And, where might there be room for improvement as the process advances?

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...