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The horticulture supply chain is as varied and unique as the number of plant cultivars. In the Knowledge Center, resources and information are tagged by industry segments to help you get exactly what you need quickly -- and lead you to information you didn't know existed until now.

AmericanHort Contributor February 06 2013

The good news is that we did not go over a fiscal cliff. The bad news is we really didn't accomplish much in terms of reducing the deficit or creating lots of jobs. Join Charlie as he discusses the fiscal cliff resolution and what it means for the green industry.

AmericanHort Contributor January 30 2013

In an effort to keep a spotlight on the Farm Bill and to stress its importance to our economy, last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) re-introduced the bill that passed the U.S. Senate last summer with broad bipartisan support. According to Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate’s Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Reid has identified the Farm Bill as one of sever...

AmericanHort Contributor January 30 2013

On January 28, a bipartisan group of eight US Senators unveiled a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform. The blueprint, offered by Democrats Schumer (NY), Durbin (IL), Menendez (NJ) and Bennet (CO) and Republicans McCain (AZ), Flake (AZ), Graham (SC),...

AmericanHort Contributor January 23 2013

Baited black traps in a pyramid shape attract significantly more brown marmorated stink bugs than other traps, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Entomologist Tracy Leskey at the ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, W.V., focused on visual stimuli that can attract the stink bugs to traps that will help farmers monitor the level of infestation in the...

AmericanHort Contributor January 23 2013

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) re-launched www.healthcare.gov, a site the agency says will begin answering questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace (i.e., Health Insurance Exchange), a cornerstone component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

In recent months ANLA and OFA member...

AmericanHort Contributor January 23 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is calling on producers – including nursery and greenhouse growers -- to complete forms for the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. "It's important for farmers and ranchers in America today to stand up and be counted by participating in the Census of ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 16 2013

ANLA’s Bischoff Appointed to Federal Invasive Species Committee Last week the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed ANLA’s Director of Government Relations, Dr. Joe Bischoff, to the federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). This committee, made of up of non-federal stakeholders, advises the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 16 2013

On January 3, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives. In short, the rule would allow certain immedia"te relatives of U.S. citizens, who are physically and unlawfully present in the U.S. and can demonstrate that “extreme hardship” would be caused by separation, to request prov...

AmericanHort Contributor January 09 2013

ANLA, OFA and our partners in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance spent the last year working intently with the agriculture committees in the U.S. House and Senate in the crafting of the contents that led to the drafts of the 2012 Farm Bill. Both the U.S. Senate version (passed 64-35) and the U.S. House Agriculture Committee version (passed 35-11) had strong bipartisan support and both identi...

AmericanHort Contributor January 09 2013

ANLA and OFA have received reports suggesting that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) might be stepping up audit activity of employers in our industry. As is the case with other types of government audits like wage & hour and I-9 audits, there are general good practices to follow. Each case also has unique facts and circumstances, so it is important to seek and follow good professional advice.<...