Landscape

Pencil in hand, hands in the dirt, eye on the sky -- that's the life of landscape distributors, designers, and installers. When you're busy creating environments that people yearn to immerse themselves in, you don't want to have to hunt for information. We've pulled it all together here, from the best plants for the job to the best ways to keep your labor force engaged and motivated.

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 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...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 27 2018

An article in the new issue of the Journal of Environmental Horticulture (JEH) summarizes studies conducted to determine the sensitivity of Calonectria pseudonaviculata, the causal agent of boxwood blight, to select fungicides.
 
Boxwood blight has been known to b...

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

AmericanHort enthusiastically welcomed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating almost $70 million in new funding for invasive plant pests and disease projects. The funding is intended to prevent the introduction or spread of pests that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment and to sustain the infrastructure nece...

Tal Coley March 27 2018

With rising concerns over trucking cost and availability, AmericanHort and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association hosted a widely attended webinar on trucking regulations affecting our industry on March 15. The webinar detailed the recently-enacted Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD) and accompanying hours of service rules.
 
Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties in Colu...

Craig Regelbrugge March 27 2018

The “omnibus” spending bill that Congress passed and the President signed on March 23 contains language that could, but does not yet, spell relief for employers who have been hoping for more H-2B visas. As of mid-March, the Department of Labor had certified almost 77,000 positions to be filled by a temporary H-2B visa worker, but only 33,000 visas are available.
 
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 13 2018

First, a judge ordered California agricultural officials to stop spraying pesticides on public and private lands to control pests. The injunction only impacts applications made by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and not farmers and property owners. Mosquito control efforts are also exempted.
 
CDFA regularly sprays pesticides to control pests deleteri...

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...