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. 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...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

Research on how alcohol in trees impacts ambrosia beetle populations has been recently featured in major scientific news outlets. Dr. Chris Ranger, USDA-ARS, recently published new results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a highly reputable scientific and peer-reviewed journal.
 
PNAS features innovative, cutting-edge research that is often highl...

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...

Tal Coley May 08 2018

It looks as if new Farm Bill legislation will dominate much of the May Congressional calendar, with the House preparing to bring its bill to the floor on May 14 and the Senate hoping to introduce its version by the end of the month.

 

House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway is trying to whip the 218 votes needed to pass the bill in the House. The House version...

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 24 2018

The omnibus spending bill that Congress passed in late March had several nuggets of good news in it for horticulture. First, the U.S. National Arboretum received a $2 million budget increase, which will advance Arboretum priorities and go a long way to relieving stress from years of flat budgets and increasing costs.
 
Secondly, the 20 year old Floriculture and Nursery Resear...

Craig Regelbrugge April 24 2018

AmericanHort and the H-2B Workforce Coalition that we co-chair continue to urge the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to immediately release the approximately 69,000 additional visas that are permitted under the recently signed Fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. On April 11, the coalition sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen and Labor Secretary Acosta from over 1,...

Craig Regelbrugge April 11 2018

The government funding bill that President Trump signed into law in late March includes a measure helpful to current or prospective H-2A visa program users struggling with the housing requirement. An AmericanHort-supported amendment championed by Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA) removes a longstanding restriction on housing H-2A workers in facilities built with the help of USDA. The change...

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...

The first webinar of our brand-new series: Quarterly Advocacy Brief - An Advocacy Update on Workforce Development and the ABC's of H2A featuring Chris Schulte, CJ-Lake LLC, and Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort

Part one of the webinar will provide a brief but comprehensive update on our advocacy for labor relief - H-2A visa reform, more ...

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...