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 February 27 2018

On February 20, the Department of Labor began sending approved H-2B labor certifications to employers. To date, DOL approved labor certifications for 42,802 workers. Now that employers, their agents, or attorneys have likely sent most of these labor certifications to the Department of Homeland Security for review and the visa petitioning process, we expect that the 33,000 cap for the second hal...

Tal Coley February 27 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) public comment period regarding the transportation of agricultural commodities associated with the new hours of service rules/electronic logging device (ELD) mandate ended on February 20. AmericanHort submitted

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 13 2018

Spread of a damaging new pest has been confirmed:  spotted lanternfly was positively identified in Frederick County, Virginia in January. Meanwhile, USDA is stepping up the fight. On February 9, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced $17.5 million in emergency funding to stop the spread of the spotted lanternfly in southeastern Pennsylvania. The monies will be shared between ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 13 2018

Rose rosette continues to be a major concern both in nursery production and landscape management. You can find out the latest information on the threat in an upcoming webinar titled ‘Managing Rose Rosette in the Landscape,’ scheduled for Monday, February 26, 1:00-3:00 pm eastern.

Craig Regelbrugge February 13 2018

AmericanHort is working to clarify and hopefully calm a few emerging plant quarantine challenges as spring draws near.
 
Boxwood Blight – as reported previously, Tennessee has joined Pennsylvania in establishing a boxwood blight quarantine as concerns about the disease threat remain high. The good news is that like Pennsylvania, Tennessee mostly adheres...

Craig Regelbrugge February 13 2018

This past Monday, the U.S. Senate began debating legislation to address the status of perhaps nearly two million individuals brought to this country by their parents, many of whom received relief from the threat of deportation under President Obama’s DACA program. The debate started with an “empty-shell” bill, fulfilling a promise that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ma...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 30 2018

A ban on dicamba herbicide applications in Arkansas was approved recently in an effort to mitigate damage to non-target plants. The new regulation prevents dicamba applications from April 16 through October 31, but exempts applications to turf, ornamentals, some forests, pastures, and rangelands. The Arkansas Legislative Council will revisit this issue for the 2019 growing season.
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Craig Regelbrugge January 30 2018

At a farm visit in Pennsylvania, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue unveiled his department’s 2018 Farm Bill & Legislative Principles. While the principles are very high-level, they include references to key policy and investments in research, pest prevention,...

Tal Coley January 30 2018

AmericanHort submitted official comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on January 18, advocating for nursery, greenhouse, and Christmas tree farmers to be explicitly included in the agricultural exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate that went into effect on December 18, 2017. FMCSA is an agency within the Department of Transportation that regula...

Craig Regelbrugge January 30 2018

The federal “ship of state” is sailing under yet another temporary spending measure through February 8. The agreement to re-open the government after a 3-day shutdown came about after Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY) agreed to a 17-day stop gap funding measure in exchange for an agreement by Senator McConnell that the Senate will consider le...

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...