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.

Craig Regelbrugge March 13 2018

The fate of thousands of seasonal businesses is down to the wire this week. Congress is in final negotiations on a fiscal 2018 spending bill, which offers perhaps the last and best opportunity for H-2B visa program cap relief. AmericanHort and our H-2B Workforce Coalition allies continue to urge Congress to include meaningful cap relief in the spending bill. A new spending bill must be signed i...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 27 2018

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, has announced the portfolio of research projects receiving funding in 2018. $232,000 will be provided to 10 projects to investigate solutions in the areas of horticultural production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing.
   
2018 FUNDED PROJECTS:
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 27 2018

Your input is needed!
 
The Economic Committee of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is seeking insight into benchmarks and tools used by our industry to manage their businesses – basically what numbers are important to our industry and are there any gaps.
 
By understanding the economic data, NICH will identify ways to increase ...

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 ...

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,...

Glyphosate-based herbicides have provided efficient, safe and cost-effective weed control for more than 40 years, but recent reports and events have raised concerns over its safety. Come learn about the EPA’s position, the mountain of scientific evidence that supports its safety, and uses in the green industry, including the pro’s and con’s of glyphosate alternatives. Panelist...

Dick Kramp, Founder & CEO of AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands will be presenting on growing crops with the highest possible yield and quality by creating the optimal environment in your growing facility through cogeneration. Well-integrated cogeneration, supplying heat, electricity, and CO2, can help you to achieve these goals for the lowest possible price. 

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...

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...

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...