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.

Tristan Daedalus April 22 2020

As green industry businesses struggle to stay open among conflicting state designations of essential business operations, a key component of the effort is following the best available advice on workplace procedures to keep on-the-job employees and customers healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

Tal Coley April 22 2020

The Economic Industry Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, once thought open to agricultural businesses based on language in the CARES Act, hit a snag between relief packages from Congress. In response to a national coalition letter joined by AmericanHort, the Small Business Administration stated that duplicative language in the CARES Act rendered it unable to extend the EIDL program to agricultura...

Tal Coley April 22 2020

The Federal Reserve is in the process of putting together infrastructure for the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP), a new COVID-19 relief program, in the coming weeks. The program will cast a much wider net than the small business programs already launched, as it will be available to businesses with up to 10,000 employees and up to $2.9 billion in annual revenue in 2019.

MSLP is a...

Craig Regelbrugge April 22 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on April 21 that it has confirmed the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (RSr3b2) in a single variety of geranium plants located in a Michigan greenhouse. This particular type of Ralstonia, a bacterial plant pathogen, can cause a wilt disease in several ...

Craig Regelbrugge April 22 2020

Topping the latest on the COVID-19 response, the Trump Administration announced an initial $19 billion in agricultural sector relief. The formal announcement came in an unusual 9:00 pm press conference by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The outlined relief plan includes $16 billion in direct assistance to producers, and $3 billion in direct government purchases of meat, dairy products, a...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 08 2020

EPA has extended by thirty days the deadline to comment on proposed interim decisions for five neonicotinoid insecticides under review, including acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. The original deadline was April 3, 2020. Comments are now due May 4, 2020.


Laurie-Ann Flanagan April 08 2020

On April 1, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled, “H-2B VISAS: Additional Steps Needed to Meet Employers' Hiring Needs and Protect U.S. Workers.” The report is based on interviews and surveys of H-2B employers and case studies of four industries in five U.S. counties:

  • Construction in Maricopa County, Arizona;
  • Hospi...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies asking for t...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

AmericanHort joined a multitude of other national organizations last week in calling for agricultural business eligibility for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. The already-established program was revised with passage of the CARES Act.

Tristan Daedalus April 08 2020

The AmericanHort Coronavirus Resource Center, an industry-wide resource for the latest information on the ongoing response to the coronavirus global pandemic, is available to everyone. Please share this link with your staff, members, and industry partners.

Some recent updates include: