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Sometimes you just need to find the latest info and news industry-wide, and this is the place to find it. From business management to Washington’s impact you’ll find the latest articles and videos here.

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2020

By Holly Scoggins, Director of Educational Programming, AmericanHort

A good portion of my academic career has been spent advising horticulture undergraduates in both coursework and internship/career options. At Virginia Tech, literally hundreds of internship opportunities come through the “hortmajors” email listserv each semester - public horticulture, landscape ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 14 2020

“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” – James Cash Penney

Every business faces its share of challenges. Some are beyond our control, such as economic uncertainty, declines in customer spending, and regulatory factors. Other challenges encompass the creative innovation, development, and marketing...

Tristan Daedalus February 14 2020

By Tristan Daedalus & Jill Calabro, PhD

What is SCRI and what does it do?

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative, or SCRI, is a program housed in the USDA’s Nati...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 12 2020

After a thorough review involving industry insights along the way, EPA finally released proposed use changes to five common neonicotinoids: acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam.

All five reviews were released at the same time. None of the active ingredients were cited as having significant human dietary risks, but all were found to have potential e...

Jennifer Gray February 12 2020

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), a foundation of AmericanHort, recently announced the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2020. Projects fit into the cadre of research priorities established in support of our new strategic vision. Research priority areas include quantifying plant be...

Tristan Daedalus February 12 2020

Since the publication of the last edition, progress has been made in supporting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in their tireless work to inspect cargoes for invasive pests. The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 (S.2107/

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 12 2020

EPA has announced the conclusion of its regulatory review of glyphosate. Consistent with numerous reviews and findings conducted by many other countries, federal agencies, and researchers, EPA found no evidence of human health risk from exposure to glyphosate.

However, potential ecological risk to birds and mammals exists but is limited to application areas or areas near an applica...

Tal Coley February 12 2020

The House passed the controversial Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, otherwise known as the PRO Act, in early February by a mostly party-line vote of 224 to 194. Of note, industry-champion Kurt Schrader...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan February 12 2020

We expect the 33,000 semi-annual H-2B visa cap to be hit later this month. We are hopeful that the Department of Homeland Security will soon make additional visas available under the authority it was granted by the Fiscal 2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act. AmericanHort and our partners in the H-2B Workforce Coalition have been calling on DHS to promptly make available the approxim...

Craig Regelbrugge January 29 2020

Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors are the first line of defense against introduction of harmful new invasive plant and animal pests and diseases. While plant consignments are referred to USDA for examination, CBP handles the vast majority of inspections of cargoes of all types. Considering that some of our most spectacular pest threats like emerald ash ...

An in-depth look on how to increase sales by enhancing retail signage. 
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New overtime laws go into effect in January 2020. In this webinar, Chris Schulte of CJ Lake LLC will discuss what to expect with this new law and share information to help you understand the common trouble patches and “gotchas” on overtime and exemptions in the horticulture industry.

A group of House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill on October 30. How does the bill address the current H-2A program? What options are available for existing workers without proper immigration status? What about enforcement provisions? And, where might there be room for improvement as the process advances?

Join our experts as we dive into the many dynamics driving change throughout the nursery industry. You'll hear from thought leaders like Kyle Daniels, Tom Buechel, Megan Abraham, and more! Learn how to better understand how to think and act progressively as a grower, how to find opportunity in pest and regulatory issues, how to navigate e-commerce shipping, and more.

Join AmericanHort Advocacy & Policy Communications Director Tristan Daedalus, Director of Government Affairs Tal Coley, K-Coe Principal Bryce Gibbs, and Smith & Howard partner Tim Howe for an in-depth discussion on the internet sales tax and what it has meant for businesses since the Wayfair decision last August.

AmericanHort + MPS present Spotlight on Sustainability with Chris McCorkle of McCorkle Nurseries Inc.

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...

How do you communicate the ROI of investing in biophilic design to your clients? How do you talk about your services and fees? What’s the value of broadening your design identity into a brand that includes science? How do you develop relationships with other building professionals and become part of an interdisciplinary team? How do you nurture an internship program?

 

Quarterly webinars, exclusively available to AmericanHort Premium Members, provide the latest information in DC on pressing issues for our industry, led by AmericanHort’s Industry Advocacy & Research Team, Tal Coley & Craig Regelbrugge.

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.