Nursery

Ever notice how nursery growers carry themselves just a little differently? There's a reason for that, and we get it. You've seen the industry evolve in ways that might have once been unimaginable, and you've survived and evolved faster, stronger, better. When you're looking to stay ahead of the curve, look here. There's information on plants, disease, governmental influences, business management, and more.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 16 2018

A newly published research article compared the uptake and dissipation of two neonicotinoid residues in nectar and foliage of Ilex and Clethra. The research was led by Dr. Dan Potter, University of Kentucky, and partially funded by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) through the Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.
 
The two neonicotinoids evaluated wer...

Craig Regelbrugge January 16 2018

Amidst a series of bipartisan White House-convened meetings to pursue a deal on border security and a solution for the roughly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as minors and protected from deportation under President Obama’s so-called DACA program came a disparaging comment from President Trump. He questioned aloud why America would want immigrants from some less-fortunate nations...

Craig Regelbrugge January 03 2018

The Tree Care Industry Association, which administers the ANSI A300 Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Management – Standard Practices, has notified AmericanHort of the public review period for the following portions of the A300 Standard:
 

  • Part 2 - Soil Management: a. Modification, b. Fertilization, and c. Drainage;
  • Part 7 - Integrated Veg...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 03 2018

Plant pathologists and the green industry were treated to a trifecta of disease headlines this holiday season.
 
First, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture confirmed that a new boxwood blight quarantine will go into effect February 4, 2018. The new quarantine includes all material currently known to transmit the disease, including Buxus species, Sarcococca

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2017

The EPA announced on December 14 that by September 30, 2018, the end of the current federal fiscal year, it plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) to solicit public input on proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard requirements for minimum ages, designated representatives, and application exclusion zones. EPA also plans to issue an NOPR related to the minimum age in...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2017

Every year, the administrator of the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Kevin Shea, convenes a series of commodity sector meetings. APHIS has an enormous impact on our industry, as the agency is responsible for safeguarding American plant resources and for facilitating trade in agricultural and horticultural commodities. Invited industry representatives meet with APHIS leadershi...

Tal Coley December 19 2017

As we’ve reported, the trucking electronic logging device (ELD) mandate took effect December 18. The agency handling the enforcement, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has been under increased scrutiny as the deadline approached.
 
Perhaps the biggest issue affecting the grower community centers around the agricultural exemption, which exempts cer...

Jennifer Gray December 05 2017

The AmericanHort and HRI research staff were recently invited to meet with scientists at the USDA Agricultural Research Station in Wooster, Ohio to learn more about the collaborative work taking place there. The trip included robust discussions with five researchers, conversations with multiple post-doctoral and graduate students, visits to several labs, and tours of three nurseries.
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 21 2017

Your input is very important to researchers! A research collaboration led by Dr. David Byrne, Texas A&M, will be submitting a proposal to conduct research on the use of remote sensing to assess plant traits.
 
These researchers would like to better gauge the interest of the industry in using remote sensor technology for monitoring purposes (such as for abiotic and/or dise...

Craig Regelbrugge November 21 2017

Dr. Steve Bronars, an economist who advises AmericanHort and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, has analyzed the just-released USDA Farm Labor Survey results and has provided us with a chart of the expected 2018 Adverse Effect Wage Rates for those using the H-2A visa program. These ne...