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.

Craig Regelbrugge November 05 2018

On November 1, AmericanHort hosted a webinar featuring several Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (DOL-WHD) officials.  As you may recall, DOL-WHD announced earlier this year a special “compliance and enforcement initiative” targeting the Landscape sector, and specifically, users of the H-2B temporary and seasonal visa program.  
 
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 01 2018

While recent reports of a new (to North America) insect pest of boxwood in the Toronto area have not yet been confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or USDA APHIS, many in the nursery and landscape industries are rightfully concerned and asking questions.

In case you missed it, a homeowner reported seeing an unusual moth on her neighbor’s boxwood hedge in O...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The Department of Labor recently announced a compliance and enforcement initiative targeting the landscape sector.  And, horticulture businesses – especially those using the H-2 seasonal worker visa programs – have long been disproportionately targeted.  What’s a business owner to do?  Put simply, prepare! 
 
To assist, AmericanHort is ho...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 02 2018

How do you define a green roof? The first image that comes to my mind is a little, hobbit-like house somewhere in Scandinavia with a goat eating grass on the roof. That may be a bit simplistic; the green roofs of yore have come a long way.
 
The ‘urban renaissance,’ a term used to describe the comeback of many city centers in the US, coincides with the revival of ...

Craig Regelbrugge September 18 2018

The landscape sector’s H-2B visa program users are being targeted for a U.S. Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division (DOL-WHD) compliance enforcement and outreach initiative, according to an agency announcement
 

AmericanHort is in communication with the DOL-WHD on compliance ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Review a case study at UC Davis researching nutrient use in container grown crops. This project has received funding from the Horticultural Research Institute. 
 

Presenters: Lorence Oki and Bruno Pitton, UC Davis 

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...

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...