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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.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 20 2020

A number of new, online outreach materials to help our industry are available, making it easier than ever to learn something new every day.
UFL Online Greenhouse Training
University of Florida Extension launched a new YouTube channel featuring short videos to aid greenhouse producer...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 20 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the modernization of regulations that govern plant biotechnology advancements. The final rule, titled Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE), marks the first major amendment to plant biotech regulations in over thirty years.
The SECURE rule touts an end to duplicative and antiquated processes and ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 20 2020

On May 15, AmericanHort and our Horticultural Research Institute foundation submitted official comments to USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service urging that Ralstonia solanacearum Race 3 Biovar 2 be removed from the federal “select agent” list. The list includes biological agents...

Craig Regelbrugge May 20 2020

On Friday, May 15, AmericanHort and the H-2B Workforce Coalition sent the attached letter to President Trump outlining the important benefits that the H-2B program provides to seasonal businesses and their American workers. It also stresses the role of seasonal businesses ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 20 2020

On May 15, the House of Representatives passed a massive $3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill along a party line vote. This fourth piece of pandemic response legislation is a Democratic marker bill for further negotiations with the Administration and Senate Republicans over another coronavirus spending package.
House Republicans object to the bill’s costs and a host of measur...

Tal Coley May 20 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule last week providing flexibility measures for Hours of Service (HOS) rules. The agency ultimately chose to modify four areas of need that had previously been identified. The HOS changes are as follows:

  • Increase safety and flexibilit...

Tristan Daedalus May 20 2020

On May 19, USDA announced its rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The rule should officially appear in the May 20 Federal Register. A link to the rule language is available here.
The rule lays out USDA’s first step in providing direct payments to livestock, dairy, and specialty c...

Craig Regelbrugge May 06 2020

In the face of rising politicization of immigrants and immigration resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, a new coalition known as #AllOfUS has launched. #AllOfUS seeks to make the case that immigrants are critical to COVID-19 recovery efforts. Coalition leadership ranges from the National Association of Evangelicals and the Southern Baptist Convention, to the National I...

Tristan Daedalus May 06 2020

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor is hosting a national online forum where employers and workers can share ideas about the challenges they face as the nation moves toward reopening business and positioning the economy for a strong rebound. Topics include:

  1. reopening businesses
  2. commuting safely
  3. working safely
  4. accommodating members o...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 06 2020

Ralstonia solancearum race 3 biovar 2 (RSr3b2), a federal quarantine pest, was recently confirmed in a single geranium variety in a greenhouse in Michigan. This is the first confirmed case in the U.S. since 2004, after which it was eradicated. Diseased geraniums planted in the landscape can potentially infect other plants, including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, and must be de...

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Join AmericanHort staff along with senior associates Kala Jenkins and Beth Swanson from K-Coe Isom, the nation’s leading agricultural consulting and accounting firm, to discuss recent developments on the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protec...

Kathy Fediw, AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame Inductee, 2020 & Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement
In this interview, we will hear from Kathy Fediw, interior plantscape consultant, author, trainer, speaker, and 2020 AmericanHort Inter...

Ralstonia solancearum race 3 biovar 2 (R3B2), a federal quarantine pest, was recently confirmed in a single geranium variety in a greenhouse in Michigan, the first confirmed case in the US since 2004. Diseased geraniums planted in the landscape can potentially infect other plants, including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, and must be destroyed.
Since the detection was con...

Susie Raker-Zimmerman, AmericanHort Chairwoman of the Board, Raker-Roberta's Young Plants & Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement.  In this interview, we will hear from Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Vice President of Raker Roberta’s Young Plants.

In an instant, nearly every business has shifted to remote working to protect it's employees and public health. But it doesn't take long to realize that virtual communication is anything but business as usual. In this session, Neal Glatt will walk attendees through the communication changes and cultural shifts that drive them in the past, present, and future to equip you for success.

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 Tal C...

Dr. Bridget Behe helps retailers construct a better retail environment and an easier shopping process for the consumer. She presents timely information to help Garden Centers with near-term options given the Coronavirus outbreak and IGC strategies for the new rules that may be legally or ethically in place. This webinar is the final in a 3-part series by Dr. Behe and has been modified to reflec...

More than half of all purchases at any retail outlet occur at the point of purchase, making displays critical elements in the purchase process. According to some studies, well-executed displays can increase sales by up to 300%. Dr. Behe will present findings from multiple studies, some of which utilize eye-tracking to follow the shopper’s gaze, to help retailers understand how to construc...

An in-depth look on how to increase sales by enhancing retail signage. 
1-7-20-Retail-Signage-Handout.pdf

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.