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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.

Craig Regelbrugge April 17 2019

The Social Security Administration (SSA), beginning in April 2019, has resumed sending "Employer Correction Request" letters, also known as "no-match letters," to every employer that has at least one Social Security no-match, meaning that names or Social Security numbers (SSNs) listed on an employer's Form W-2 do not match SSA's records.

The letters now ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 17 2019

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has expressed concerns over recent glyphosate rulings and their impacts on U.S. agriculture. At a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, Perdue asserted that it would ‘devastating’ if glyphosate were pulled from the market and added that it has ‘exponentially’ increased crop production in the last 25 years.

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Craig Regelbrugge April 17 2019

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has published a notice and request for comment regarding importation of plants established in growing media.  For context, foreign-grown plants in growing media (PIGM) are generally prohibited entry into the U.S. with the notable exception of Canada.  This is due to the fact that plants in growing media are inheren...

Craig Regelbrugge April 17 2019

Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

On March 29, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to release an additional 30,000 H-2B visas, that but that these visas would likely be limited to returning workers who had received visas during the 2016, 2017, or 2018 program years. The Fiscal 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act had authorized Congress to rel...

Jennifer Gray April 17 2019

The Green Industry Research Consortium, with funding support from the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), is launching the National Green Industry Survey this month.  This represents the seventh time that this survey has been conducted since 1989. The purpose of the survey is to document trends in production, marketing, and retailing practices in the U.S. green industry.

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Craig Regelbrugge April 17 2019

AmericanHort continues to monitor proposed changes to the overtime rules.  The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy is hosting a series of roundtable discussions on to gather input from small businesses about the potential impact of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule which would increase the minimum salary for the “white collar&r...

Tal Coley April 17 2019

The Department of Agriculture on April 11 celebrated the release of the 2017 Census of Agriculture, a vital data set published every five years by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). AmericanHort advocacy team members Dr. Jill Calabro, Tal Coley, and Tristan Daedalus attended the event, which was held at USDA headquarters.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addr...

Craig Regelbrugge April 01 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

AmericanHort is very pleased to report that on March 29, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to release an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for returning immigrant workers. This progress would not have happened without the steady advocacy push by our staff, leaders and members, state association partners...

Tal Coley April 01 2019

AmericanHort successfully placed an op-ed in the Washington, D.C.- based publication, RealClearPolicy, on March 22 detailing the current situation faced by the horticulture industry concerning the vague agricultural exemption associated with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. 

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Tal Coley April 01 2019

Confirming recent intelligence received by the advocacy team in Washington, D.C., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finally acknowledged at a trucking trade show last week that there will be an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) focused on clarifying and defining what an agricultural product actually is.

This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from garden center owners on their experience using the financial metrics discussed in the Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability like pricing...

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. 

Presenters: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research, Jill Calabro Ph.D., Science & Research Programs Director, and Ta...

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program, or GCP for short. The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each a...

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...

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. 

Presenters: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

Do you want to have more control when it comes to the plants you’re growing? Learn and discuss Identifying and problem-solving issues with your plants, best practices to force plants to flower, fruit, start growing – or stop. In addition, learn how to manage the flavor of your plants via nutrients, lighting, and other environmental factors

Presented by Scott Carrus on...

Take 20 minutes to learn some tips and tricks that take some stress out of poinsettia season from interior plantscaper, Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors.

Presented on October 17, 2018

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. 

Presented on 9/13/2018 by: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

In any given year, about 1 in 10 employees will come to work high or drunk. Do you have a system in place to detect and respond to intoxicated or high workers? In this session, attendees will learn the latest laws and regulations regarding accommodating medical marijuana, handling employee use of prescription opioids (especially when they may operate machinery), and drug tests.
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