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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 July 08 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team was out and about during the month of June supporting our state association partners' key events across the country.

MNLGA Field Day | Glen Arm, Md.

We joined the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association at The Perennial Farm and Manor View Farm for MNLGA’s Summer Field Day.  Craig Regelbrugge gave an up...

AmericanHort Contributor May 31 2019

Terri Brown; Marketing and Member Engagement, AmericanHort, TerriB@AmericanHort.org 

As an attendee or exhibitor at a trade show or conference, social media can help you and your business in a lot o...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2019

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has just released its 2019 Floriculture Crops summary (2018 data), after a two-year hiatus.  The new report is available here.

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team was glad to partner last week with leadership delegations from the Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association to raise Congressional awareness of our key shared federal priorities. Joined by members of the AmericanHort team, these state delegations met with Senate and House lawmakers to discuss the important iss...

AmericanHort Contributor February 08 2019

Authors: Joe Baer, Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, ZenGenius & Jalpa Patel, Senior Visual Merchandiser and Interior Architect, ZenGenius

At ZenGenius, we believe that everything has a right place, at the right time, for the right reason.

Knowing where to place your products and how to arrange them can make all the difference

between a customer pa...

AmericanHort Contributor January 27 2019

To help our members understand their obligations and avoid pitfalls on a variety of complicated regulatory issues, AmericanHort has posted detailed, members-only compliance guidance.  AmericanHort premium members with labor and employment compliance questions may contact our legal counsel at CJ-Lake, LLC, as a membership benefit. If you have questions about contacting our legal team, call ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 14 2019

By Stephany G. Small, Ph.D. and Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., J.D.

A U.S. plant patent grants the patent holder the right to exclude others from asexually reproducing, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented plant or any of its parts in the United States or importing them into the Uniteds States.  Twenty years after filing the plant patent application, the plant pat...

AmericanHort Contributor January 14 2019

As we approach the opening of Cultivate’19 registration, the amount of fraudulent communication around securing hotel reservations and trade show attendee lists often rises. We want you to know that the official housing vendor for Cultviate’19 is Showcare. By booking your hotels via ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 04 2019

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D., and Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., J.D.[1]
         
On Thursday December 20th, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill 2018, which is officially known as the Agricultural...

AmericanHort Contributor December 19 2018

One of the benefits of membership is receiving our annual Resource Directory, produced in partnership with Naylor Association Solutions. The 2019 edition is now available to you. To go to a specific section of the directory, click on the section name in the Table of Contents. We want to thank the advertisers in this publication as their support helps make bringing this valuable resource to you ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 03 2018

It started with a Dutch auction side project of green industry professionals more than twenty years ago, and quickly flourished into an international organization founded by growers, for growers, with one common mission: sustainability.
 
MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) was founded in 1995 in the Netherlands. It grew out of a small project with a Dutch auction to address...

AmericanHort Contributor March 12 2018

Spring is right around the corner, and we know many of our members are busy getting ready for the upcoming season. We chatted with Jessica DeGraaf, retail account manager for Proven Winners, to see how they prepare for the spring season, gear up for expected (and unexpected) trends, and what they look forward to most this season.
 
Tell us about your company.

AmericanHort Contributor March 21 2017

Agricultural chemicals include fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and plant growth regulators (PGRs). How much do you spend on these agricultural chemicals every year? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the annual pesticide expenditure in the U.S. is about $12.5 billion. That is a huge investment! Among the most important factors affecting the return of this investment a...

AmericanHort Contributor January 26 2017

HRI Releases Industry BMPs for Bee Health The Horticultural Research Institute, the research foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the release of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bee Health in the Horticultural Industry.

BMPs are intended to inform horticultural professionals about the green industry's impact on bee health. Through the use of BMP guidelines, ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2017. The HortScholars program is open to any student in a horticulture-related degree program, and includes students pursuing any degree level including associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD. Students wishing to apply may do so online at Am...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Overview
The purpose of the American Standard for Nursery Stock is to provide buyers and sellers of nursery stock with a common terminology in order to facilitate transactions involving nursery stock. For instance, the standards establish common techniques for (a) measuring plants, (b) specifying and stating the size of plants, (c) determining the proper&n...

AmericanHort Contributor January 04 2017

While I have worn many different horticultural hats in the last four decades, I was a landscaper for two of them. Working within the field of landscaping gives a person a special insight to the qualities of a “great” plant. Low maintenance was always a key factor in my selection of everything from annuals to shrubs to trees. Less maintenance meant more money as well as a smaller imp...

AmericanHort Contributor December 05 2016

As I sit at my desk in early November thinking about my work with the Horticultural Research Institute, it is raining. Not something especially significant normally, except this rain will turn out to be the first all-day rain event in northeast Ohio since early May!
 
Rain. Water. How to best apply it. How to use less of it. How to recycle it. How to clean it.
 

AmericanHort Contributor December 02 2016

The federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) protects agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides. The responsibility for providing WPS protections rests with the employer. Horticultural growers are most affected by WPS compared to other less-intensive agricultural producers because they have more workers performing hand-labor with pesticide-treated plan...

AmericanHort Contributor December 02 2016

Who can resist the color and fragrance of a just-cut fresh, flower? Flower farmers are hoping neighboring florists won’t be able to resist when they come knocking on the shop door hoping to make a sale. Years ago, many farmers had routes into the city to deliver their cuts and we all know what has happened since - cheap imports, labor issues and transportation costs have driven prices dow...

AmericanHort Contributor September 15 2016

In 2015, Craig Regelbrugge celebrated his 25th year of service to our great industry.  

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

One of the requirements to graduate with a four-year degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University is to complete a three month internship in one’s field of interest. Like many things in life, I’m given a relatively simple task…and the promptly take it to an absurd level, and then double my response. My father wasn't a huge fan of this tactic. For example as a 10-...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

It hardly seems possible, but Cultivate’16 is right around the corner, July 9-12 in Columbus, Ohio. Cultivate currently holds the ranking of number 132 on Trade Show News Network’s list of the top 250 trade shows (across all industries). With a trade show of this size and scope, this is a lot to see, so it’s important to make the most of your time.
Here are our tips for...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Growing Green was bursting at the seams; office personnel were crowded in the space we had occupied for the last 35 years. We had three warehouse spaces for our holiday décor and containers. We wanted a larger, brighter greenhouse, a fabrication room that wasn’t down the street, and a showroom to host events and clients. We loved and owned our beautiful building in Midtown St. Louis, but ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Whether you are selling business to business or direct to the consumer, finding just the right approach to the sale can be a little tricky. We recently asked some of our members for their best sales tips, and here’s what they had to say:
How do you successfully engage a prospective customer from the beginning of the interaction?
When working with a p...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

It’s hard to believe that another California Spring Trials has come and gone. If you had a chance to attend this year’s event, you know that each stop was filled with fresh ideas, inspiration, and lots of excitement over what is to come in our industry. If you weren’t able to make it this year, allow us to share some of what we saw during our journey.
 

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Horticultural Research Institute Advances Key Projects
The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) Board of Trustees recently met to prioritize funding for research projects. As part of HRI’s continued efforts to advance the business of horticulture, an initial five projects have received funding for early 2016.

“Horticultural business...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Social media can be a powerful tool in promoting your business; however there is no one size fits all solution. This is especially true in the horticulture industry where there are different types of businesses with different target audiences (consumers, businesses, etc.). Each of these types will have a very different approach to social media including what to share, how to connect, and why th...

AmericanHort Contributor September 07 2016

Algae is a common nuisance that can rear its ugly head during propagation – from slip and fall hazards on walkways to crop issues like substrate growth and reduced product marketability. Propagation areas provide a perfect scenario for algae to thrive. Sunlight, warmth, nutrients, and moisture are the keys to an algae kingdom. Algae that thrive in a greenhouse are typically a large and di...

AmericanHort Contributor February 11 2016

As the pollinator health debate continues, declines in pollinator communities have been attributed to a number of causes, such as parasites and pathogens, exposure to pesticides, and lack of suitable food sources or nutrition. On the latter point, a group of scientists from the United Kingdom devised a method to quantify nectar resources across Great Britain and Wales from 1930 to 2007, and the...

AmericanHort Contributor February 03 2016

By Eric Foertmeyer

We all know that without our customers, our business is sunk. But how many of us really take the time to get to know our customers? One of the most exciting things about my job is meeting new customers. I enjoy learning about them, their journey, what they’ve done in their lives to reach their goals and to become successful. There is so much to be gained by under...

AmericanHort Contributor February 03 2016


Mike Miller, General Manager
Groveport, OH




Tell us a little bit...

AmericanHort Contributor February 03 2016

By Mark Ostendorf

While my primary focus is blogging about interior living walls, I think it’s time to identify all the different green wall technologies that exist inside and out. Green wall industry experts actually have specific lingo for differentiating the categories and sub-categories of green walls. So here is a little vocabulary lesson to help you communicate clearl...

AmericanHort Contributor February 03 2016

By Jared Nusbaum

In the world of construction and landscaping, proper contracting skills are a must. This can seem like a daunting task to undertake while you’re busy running a business, but in the end having a good contract and using it effectively can save you time and money, as well as increase customer satisfaction and reduce disputes.

The contract is about defini...

AmericanHort Contributor January 15 2016

Public awareness of the threat of habitat loss to urban bee populations has increased interest in planting “bee-friendly” landscape plants. Urban landscapes can provide critical resources to bee populations, especially when managed and designed properly. Various publications and websites list plant species that have been anecdotally claimed as bee-attractive, but those lists are rar...

AmericanHort Contributor January 11 2016

by: Jennifer Noble

SHIFT Beginnings
In the fall of 2014, AmericanHort launched a research initiative known as the time as “The Future of Garden Retail.” It became immediately apparent, however, that this project went far beyond the scope of retail alone—it touched each and every part of our industry. It was also clear that the results of ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 11 2016

Compiled by the AmericanHort Staff and Floral Community Connectors

Valentine’s Day is coming soon, and in addition to selling products and ensuring you have everything you need on hand to fill orders, engaging and motivating your employees is key to your success this season.

Keeping employees motivated is a challenge every day, but especially during times of hi...

AmericanHort Contributor January 11 2016

By Dan Heims

In a word to the water-wise, Terra Nova Nurseries’ president Dan Heims shares his take on current drought conditions and a selection of drought-tolerant plant suggestions.

“If there’s no water, why plant a garden,” ask many consumers. As a landscape and horticulture industry, we have to reply, “You can!” Education at a national level is sometimes n...

AmericanHort Contributor December 08 2015

The AmericanHort staff has grown in the last few months with the hiring of four people. Let’s get to know the newest AmericanHort team members.

Ashley Tschakert-Foertmeyer, Learning Resource Coordinator<...

AmericanHort Contributor December 08 2015



Jeff Kline, Horticulture Segment Manager
East Hartford, Connecticut


AmericanHort Contributor December 08 2015

by: Dr. Mary Hausbeck
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Michigan State University

The key to managing and limiting diseases on greenhouse vegetables is to remember that the warm and moist greenhouse environment is very favorable to those plant pathogens that are most troublesome to vegetables. While warm temperatures are needed to grow many vegetables, ef...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

AmericanHort is pleased to welcome Jill Calabro, Ph.D., as research and science programs director. Jill will bring strategic direction and oversight to research funded by the Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, and to research initiatives carried out in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agricu...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

So there’s good news out of Washington. Yes, really! The House of Representatives just approved a multi-year transportation bill, and the House and Senate are proceeding with a process to iron out their differences. (This is called “going to conference,” something we have not seen too often in recent years!).

And there is good news within the good news. During t...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

Interest in using biochar for horticultural purposes has increased substantially in recent years due to its potential benefits, such as high carbon content and nutrient holding/exchanging capacity. Read the whole report here.

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

By David Kuack

Editor’s note: This article is preprinted with permission of Hort Americas and appeared on August 20, 2015 on the Hort Americas web blog.

As pressure on fresh water supplies increases, more growers will look at recycling their water. Recycling water can add a whole range of challenges that growers may not have had to deal with before. Speakers at this ye...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

Dr. Mary Hausbeck
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Michigan State University

Pythium Root Rot. Pythium crown and root rot is a common and persistent disease in the greenhouse industry. Pythium is a water mold that can “nibble” the feeding roots of plants, resulting in stunted growth. Pythium<...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

By Dennis Snow

With­­­ many businesses today operating in panic mode – focusing on cutting back, eliminating costs, and downsizing – customer service has never been so important. Sure price matters, and certainly quality, but it’s great customer service that brings people back, elevates one organization above the rest, and ultimately determines a company’s survival.

A...

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

Engineered soils are soils that are manufactured from soil and soil components – sand, silt, clay and organic matter/compost - to achieve a prescribed ratio of ingredients, suitable for a specific application. Locally manufactured compost, is the most sustainable and cost effective source of this organic matter.

Read the

AmericanHort Contributor November 12 2015

Falls are the most common accident. How do you prevent falls in the workplace? Read this to find out what you can do.

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2015

In recent days USDA-APHIS released new final rules regarding overtime rates at U.S. ports of entry and updates to their fee schedule for inspection, including a new phytosanitary treatment fee. Both annou...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

by: Alescia Coppolino, Intern, and Evelyn Chamberlin, Director of Streetscapes, Oakland Nursery

At Oakland Nursery, the Streetscapes division beautifies our concrete and glass world through the use of color and natural materials. By adding lush container plantings along the exterior of buildings and streets, we transform day-to-day spaces. Oakland Streetscapes uses plants in a v...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

by: Alan Windham, Professor, Plant Pathology, UT Extension

Summary: New plant diseases continue to cause major issues and present themselves as unwelcome game changers. Learn to recognize the issues ahead of a full-blown catastrophe and gain understanding of how a system-based management approach is your best strategy for success.

Ornamental P...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

by: Dr. Mary Hausbeck

Botrytis Blight. The fungus Botrytis cinerea causes disease on greenhouse ornamental and vegetable crops including leaf spots, blighting, stem cankers, and damping-off. Botrytis produces large masses of gray conidia or spores (hence the name “gray mold”) that are carried on air currents to healthy plants where blight c...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

by: Brent Mecham

As a landscape design tool, the water budgeting approach pre-determines the amount of water that will be available to maintain the landscape. By comparing the estimated water requirement of the proposed landscape to the available water allows the designer to adjust ratio of turfgrass areas to landscape planting areas so that the proposed landscape can be properly m...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

“Essentially, all life depends upon the soil ... There can be no life without soil and no soil without life; they have evolved together.” Charles E. Kellogg, USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, 1938

The addition of compost to the soil will improve any soil’s physical, chemical and biological properties; yielding healthier soil, plants, turfgrass, trees and shrubs, helping to red...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

by: A. R. Chase

Leaf spots are not uncommon on indoor plants. Sunburn, cold water damage, insect feeding and mechanical injury all cause leaf spots on our indoor plants. Those spots that are caused by a fungal pathogen are comparatively uncommon. The diseases that occur during foliage plant production can occasionally continue on the plants when established in our interiorscapes....

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water”, B. Franklin

The soil removed by erosion contains up to three times more nutrients than the soil that is left behind. About 60% of lost soil is deposited each year in streams and rivers, blocking waterways with sediment or polluting them with nutrients, pesticides and other contaminants.1 According to a national wa...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

Water conservation continues to be an important challenge for the nursery industry. Research indicates the distance between container-grown plants should be minimized during production as plant water use increases significantly when plants are placed at wide spacing. The importance of spacing is substantiated by the finding that the increase in water use due to spacing was generally larger than...

AmericanHort Contributor October 12 2015

By Katie Dubow

Creating a cohesive social marketing strategy is the only way to grow your brand, blog or social channels. Whether developing new platforms or revamping old content, starting with a plan ensures success.

Effectiveness of Social Media
The benefits that come with utilizing social media are tremendous. In fact, social media is now the...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

By Donald Merhaut, PhD and Salvatore Mangiafico, PhD

Essentially any size nursery can install a water recycling and sanitation system. This handout will focus on sanitation. However, we will briefly discuss all five steps, since better water quality improves effectiveness of many sanitation treatments.

There are basically five steps that are performed when recycling ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

As you go through your day-to-day routine, do you ever feel as if you’re pedaling a bicycle uphill in the wrong gear? If so, you’re not alone. Between the pressures of home and work, many people feel overwhelmed and are desperately seeking some sort of balance in their life.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could recapture the feelings of your youth – feelings of being free and happy a...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

By Jeffrey Scott

Now is the perfect time to gain clarity and direction – and set your company up for sweet success – by assessing this past year in broad strokes and by setting your sights on clear long-term objectives.

I developed the following seven questions to help you get focused, and to greatly improve your chances for success next year! To gain the most from thi...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

This research study demonstrates how the mini-Horhizotron can be utilized in plant pathology, and investigates the disease severity of Pythium ultimum, Pythium aphanidermatum, and Rhizoctonia solani on bedding plants grown in peat based substrates containing varying percentages of pine wood chips, and an industry standard potting mix.

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

Diane Blazek

Are you looking for some easy and quick merchandising, display, or seminar ideas to help sell more product? Luckily, there are several ‘Year of’ programs that several industry organizations offer. It’s super easy to take advantage of these programs by using the information provided for a quick injection of interesting sales ideas.

The National Garden Bure...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

In this research reports, results are presented that can assist producers in developing irrigation management strategies that minimize nutrient effluent as well as produce a quality container grown tree. Overall, plants had more height and trunk growth when irrigated most in the afternoon compared to early morning irrigation. Reducing the volume of irrigation with a tri-cyclic irrigation regime...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

Provided by the Interior Plantscape Connectors

Show Appreciation

  • Extended lunch to 1 hour, but only have them clock out for 30 minutes
  • Have surprise pizza parties
  • Host holiday parties with secrete gift exchanges
  • Give every staff member a birthday card signed by the rest of the team and have a cake/dessert for th...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2015

By Bryan Zlimen

When your invoice hasn’t been paid and you need to collect, the best tool you can have is information. Whether you’re looking to use a mechanic’s lien, bring a claim in court, or collect on a judgment, information will be the key to success. Here are some tips that contractors can use at the beginning of a job to help collect at the end.

How to...

AmericanHort Contributor August 27 2015

Donald Trump continues to lead in the polls, much to the consternation of his Republican rivals. Yet on close examination, his mid-August immigration proposals – intended to appeal to conservatives – are in fact quite radical.

His proposals are certainly anti-business and would cost U.S. taxpa...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

By Bridget K. Behe

More than half of all purchases are impulsive or unplanned. So, what happens on the retail sales floor is of vital importance to the garden center’s (and grower’s and wholesaler’s) bottom line. It’s also true that if a product goes unseen, it will most likely go unsold. So there is a lot at stake to capture consumers’ attention on ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

Kellie L. Walsh, Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition

Have you wondered if there is lawn equipment that performs the same services your gas and diesel-powered equipment performs, but costs less to run, requires less maintenance, reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, and is better for the environment? The answer is “yes.” The same propane that your grill cooks with and t...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

By: Vijay Kumar Choppakatla

Some plant products function to provide unintended side benefits that need to be identified and understood to maximize their potential in crop production. Peroxycompounds (POC’s), a collective term used to represent a mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) and Peroxyacetic Acid (PAA), are highly effective anti-microbial compounds well known for thei...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

John C. Peterson, PhD

The apparent value of plants maintained in interior environments is derived from the fact that there is attractive foliage, flowers, and shoots which enhance and enrich or living and work spaces. We strive to maintain the beautiful appearance of the plant tops, yet a major key to successfully achieving this is linked to the things going on with in the growin...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015



Denise Godfrey, 2nd Generation, Production & Sales
Fallbrook, California


Tell us a little bit of Olive Hill Greenhouse's background and history. Why/how did the company start? ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

Dr. Helen T. Kraus

Relevance
Water pollution that results from nutrient losses from the managed urban environment and horticultural production operations should be a concern to all of us. Nitrogen (in the nitrate form) in water is a human health risk and nitrogen and phosphorus in lakes and streams endangers fish and promotes the growth of pathogens that t...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

By Kathryn Dager

Spring has sprung and in the garden centers it means it is SHOWTIME! Regardless of the economy, your front line associates will be the difference between ‘just getting by’ or really creating some hefty profit this year. Your “front line” literally creates your “bottom line,” right? Your cashiers, loaders, nursery Associates and landscaping teams will create your ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 06 2015

By: Ernest Wertheim, Wertheim van der Ploeg & Klemeyer

I have worked in the plant industry for 76 years and have seen many changes occur during those years. When I was asked to give my first talk on garden center design in 1958 my audience was primarily growers. Today we have many segments in our industry and most are represented by smaller organizations.

I am very muc...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

by: A. R. Chase

Have you ever wondered where all of the diseases start? Some of them start as “bad seed” by hitching a ride on seeds or cuttings while others blow in on an ill-wind. Still others move from plant to plant on the tide of irrigation water. When I worked at the University of Florida in the 1980’s, ebb and flood systems started to be used throughout the US. At that point...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

by: Brian A. Krug and Claire Collie

Understanding plant nutrition, including identifying nutrient deficiencies on the fly, can be a bit of a mystery to many growers. Identifying the nutrient deficiency is really only a fraction of the mystery; if we can’t identify why our plants have the deficiency, we are bound to experience it again and again. To unravel this mystery we need to ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

By Bridget K. Behe

The times, they are a changing and so should our businesses! Change may not come easy to any size firm, but there are seven principles every organization should follow to become a lean, mean, profitable machine. These seven principles can be adopted by businesses of any age or any size to improve their financial sustainability.

1. Plan, do, e...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

By Emily McCoy, ASLA, PLA

“We will be successful only if we embrace natural models as our standard of measure.” - Leslie Jones Sauer

Trees are amazing water pumps. Large deciduous tree have been known to transpire 105,670 gallons of water in a summer (Thomas, 2000). Although pumping water from the ground to the atmosphere may not be desirable for a drought-torn...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

By Jody B. Shilan, MLA

I created the Ultimate Landscape Proposal Template to save myself time that I was wasting writing and re-writing the same information over and over again. I created standardized text for everything we do as landscape contractors, and now only need to add prices to my proposals. As you will see it is organized the same way that you organize your installations,...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

By Megan Shoenfelt

Who can resist the color and fragrance of a just-cut fresh, flower? Flower farmers are hoping neighboring florists won’t be able to resist when they come knocking on the shop door hoping to make a sale. Years ago, many farmers had routes into the city to deliver their cuts and we all know what has happened since - cheap imports, labor issues and transportation co...

AmericanHort Contributor August 03 2015

Shade and flowering trees for bareroot sales throughout the United States are grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley counties of Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas, Yamhill, Marion, Polk, Benton, and Linn. This region receives, on average, 35 to 40 inches of annual precipitation, most of which falls from November through April. Soil textures range from sandy loam to clay loam.

M...

AmericanHort Contributor August 01 2015

In late June, a bill that would extend 52 of the 55 temporary tax provisions that expired at the end of 2014 (the “tax extenders”) was passed by the Senate Finance Committee (23 to 3).

  All of the extender items that have been recognized as having the greatest impact on small businesses, including Section 179 expensing, bonus depreciation, the research and development credit, and t...

AmericanHort Contributor August 01 2015

Senators Ayotte (R-NH), King (I-ME), and Blunt (R-MO) introduced S.1809, the “Simplifying Technical Aspects of Seasonality (STARS) Act of 2015” on July 21. The House bill (H.R.863) was introduced in February. Both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee have indicated that they plan to take up some targeted bipartisan fixes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when Congr...

AmericanHort Contributor July 12 2015

Several pundits have been moaning and groaning about GDP performance in the first quarter this year. In this segment, Charlie gives reasons for not worrying too much on this economic hiccup, citing some secondary economic indicators that tend to be correlated with lawn and garden sales. Start the summer off right by taking a few minutes to listen in on our Chief Economist's latest pontifications!

AmericanHort Contributor July 12 2015

Heading into 2015, we’re experiencing many of the same weather patterns that disrupted our economy in 2014. In spite of this, forecasts for 2015 remain positive in terms of wage rates, employment, housing starts, and business and local government purchasing. Join Charlie in this segment as he gives his view of what’s ahead in 2015, what does it mean for the green industry, and then closes with ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 02 2015

On June 29, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) published their final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). According to the EPA, the “Waters of the United States” rule will protect s...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

by Roberto Lopez and Wesley Randall

Peak young plant production (liners and plugs) occurs in late winter to early spring to meet spring and summer market dates. Unfortunately, this is also when the outdoor photosynthetic daily light integral (DLI) is at seasonally low levels, especially in northern latitudes. Research from Michigan State and Purdue Universities indicates a DLI of...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

by Dr. Marc van Iersel and Dr. John Lea-Cox

Water availability and quality are important issues throughout much of the US. Although the severe drought in California gets most of the attention, it seems that there is always some part of the country that faces drought. In other places, such as Florida, the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound areas, water quality runoff issues are a major ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Dewayne L. Ingram and Charles R. Hall

Any real estate agent and most homeowners appreciate the fact that trees and shrubs enhance the property values. In addition, landscape woody ornamentals have been documented to provide measurable and lasting environmental benefits, including reducing energy use, diminishing water runoff, cleaning the air, and sequestering carbon. This last ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Donna C. Fare

Significance to Industry: These results can assist producers in developing irrigation management strategies that minimize nutrient effluent as well as produce a quality container grown tree. Overall, plants had more height and trunk growth when irrigated mostly in the afternoon compared to early morning irrigation. Reducing the volume of irrigation ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Kathryn Dager, M.A.

First, I hope you are having a profitable, productive, and successful spring season. Now it’s a time when you may have to cut back hours or lay off people and that shifts the energy on your team. Even though they may have been told their position was seasonal, associates may beg to stay employed. They are often worried about making ends meet and in many ways...

AmericanHort Contributor June 29 2015

By Bryan Zlimen

One of the most common types of collection matters I see in the Green Industry is subcontractors who aren’t getting paid on a job. If you work as a sub, knowing who you can collect from, what collection tools are available to you, and taking care to reduce disputes can make a big difference in your bottom line.

Collecting from General Contractor...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2015

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is launching a new, toll-free number to make it easier for stakeholders and members of the public to locate Agency resources and information. The phone number is live, and program specialists can be reached at 844-820-2234 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.

APHIS has a very diverse mission, both with...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

By Vicky Cate

Whether you’ve been watering and caring for plants for a month or for 20 years, you know that giving a plant the right amount of water only when it needs it keeps it looking great longer with fewer pest problems, leaf margin issues and replacements. And it all begins with the roots.

Roots are the basis for a healthy plant, and the moisture balance of the ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

By Steve Tjosvold

Phytophthora ramorum, an introduced plant pathogen, has killed thousands of native oaks in coastal areas of California and Oregon where the disease is known as Sudden Oak Death (Fig 1).The pathogen also can infect leaves, stems and roots on many common nursery crops; the resulting disease is often called Ramorum blight. Although the disease is usually n...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

By Jennifer Boldt and Roberto Lopez

Energy costs are a major input cost, second only to labor. For greenhouse operations in northern latitudes, energy costs for heating alone account for 10 percent to 30 percent of their total operating cost. After a second consecutive year of record-breaking cold weather in the Midwest and Northeast, now is the time to consider what changes you ma...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

James M. DelPrince, Ph.D.

Seeking out potential opportunities for professional interiorscapes is demanding but can also be fun, and is accomplished through contact with people, observation of spaces, and exploring potential sites. Good interiorscaping involves embracing good sales techniques; the basic tenet of marketing “find a need, fill a need” remains true. Owners...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015



Jim Wallitsch, Owner
Louisville, Kentucky


Tell us a little bit of Wallitsch’s background and history. Why and how did the company start? Where is it today?
My father, Herman, st...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

By Brian Kight 

Some people still see talent and intelligence as the defining keys to success.
In reality success has very little to do with your talent and everything to do with your emotions.

Talent is everywhere. Knowledge is easily attainable. It's readily available whenever and wherever you want it. Self-awareness on the other hand is much m...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

By Heidi Wollaeger, Kristin Getter, and Bridget Behe

While media outlets may portray the public as being increasingly concerned about the effects of neonicotinoids on pollinator health, overall consumer perceptions have not been investigated. Largely in reaction to protests and petitions, some national retailers implemented policies mandating labeling requirements to their growers ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

by: Paul A. Thomas - Pathomas@uga.edu

Emphasis on sanitation in the greenhouse is a good management practice. Using sterilants improperly can cause significant damage to plants and your workers. This Alert covers the Do's and Don't's!

I know of only a few growers whom do not find chlorine bleach useful in reducing a...

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

By Tom Borg

There was a study about customer satisfaction that was conducted by a research group. The results were so startling that it quickly became obvious that the outcome could apply to all types and sizes of businesses and organizations, including the green industry. The study centered on what customers really want to know about the people from whom they are buying.

AmericanHort Contributor April 27 2015

Mother’s day has passed, the days are getting hotter, and you keep watering so the plants stay nice for the latecomer customers. At this stage of the season, you might just have a chance to be catching your breath. Or, you may even be planning your store’s next actions, or even better, a vacation! In looking to the months ahead during what we know as the slower times for retail in h...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2015

The Horticultural Research Institute has released a seven -minute educational video that provides an overview of horticultural industry’s essential role in bee and pollinator stewardship. Protecting Bees & Pollinators: What Horticulture Needs to Know narrates the current stat...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2015

Two pieces of very good news emerged recently on the bee and pollinator health front. First, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) results of the 2014 U.S. honey production survey show honey production up 19 percent over 2013. The numbers of U.S. managed bee colonies also climbed...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

By Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED, ASIC, GRP
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company LLC

Landscape architects have always been the forebearers of emerging technology in the landscape industry. Understanding what design challenges the profession of Landscape Architecture is resolving is a window to the future. The broad nature of Landscape Architecture encompasses both the physical design...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

by: Harvey Lang

Media Selection
There is a wide range of media that is used for rooting annual cuttings. Except for geraniums, most spring annuals can easily be rooted in loose-filled media that are filled in common plug flats. This is the most economical way to propagate, especially when flats can be filled with automated equipment. The media should have goo...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

By Kelvin Frye

It’s been over 40 years since our country has seen a significant generational shift in consumer wants and trends; we are talking about the 1970s here. I’m confident that many of our current floral industry leaders were worried about buying their first car or finding a date to the prom, and not about the seismic shift in trends caused by the buying habits of baby boom...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

by: Steven D. Frank

Editor’s Note: The following extracted summary is from a research report published in the proceeding of the 2014 Southern Nursery Association Research Conference, Dr. Nick Gawel editor.

Significance to Industry
This research looks at the efficacy of a new insecticide, XXpire™ WG, for hawthorn lace bug management. This...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

by: Mark Battersby

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the December 2014 issue of Nursery Management. Used with permission.

Whether to buy or lease is a question facing many professional snow removal and ice management contractors and businesses, even as credit becomes more readily available. While there is no one correct answer that fits every si...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

By Lynn P Griffith, Jr.

I guess I have become something of an authority on this topic over the years, having run a diagnostic laboratory for over three decades. The frequency of foliar plant disorders is different in nurseries versus the interior environment. I will present in alphabetical order many of the most popular interiorscape plants in alphabetical order, with the most co...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

By Anthony Lucatorto

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding EMV credit cards and how they’re going to revolutionize our personal security in this country. But what does that really mean and how does it affect your business? Let’s start with the basics, like what is EMV? It stands for Europay, MasterCard®, and Visa®, and it’s a security framework that defines the payment interaction...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

What is pH?
pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of a solution. More specifically, it is a negative logarithm of the concentration of hydrogen ions (H+). A low pH has a higher concentration of H+, while a higher pH has a lower concentration of H+.

Why is pH important?
pH is important because it can affect the ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

By Tom Borg

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in Irrigation Green Industry Magazine.

Why is it so hard for a small business owner in the green industry to delegate some of his or her responsibilities? When you stop to analyze what it took to get them to where they presently are, it is easy to understand.

First, in order for any small b...

AmericanHort Contributor March 16 2015

by: Emily Rotich, Margaret T. Mmbaga and Parama Sikdar

Editor’s Note: Each year, the Southern Nursery Association electronically publishes proceedings from the SNA Research Conference. This program presents applied research that is aimed at finding answers to issues and challenges that growers and other professionals in the green industries face. Dr. Nick Gawel, along with sect...

AmericanHort Contributor March 12 2015

On March 3, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced their request for applications for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in su...

AmericanHort Contributor March 12 2015

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce it will grant $125,000 in special financial support for 4 key projects as part of the Horticultural Industry Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.

In 2014, the Horticultural Research Institute established this Initiat...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

by: Chieri Kubota

Introduction – A bit of history
Vegetable grafting has been practiced for many years worldwide. The oldest record reportedly exists in China during the 5th Century, with regard to grafting gourd plants to increase fruit size (Lee and Oda, 2003). The use of grafting for pest and disease management was not practiced until the 20th Century when...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

Timothy J Malinich

When it comes to tools you really do get what you pay for. There is a huge selection of quality and sub-par tools available on the market. You can pay top dollar for top quality or purchase the least expensive and plan on replacing it in a year or two. Much of the choice depends on your budget, but you have to consider replacement cost, down time and potential ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

By Mark Maloney

“Courage is being scared to death and jumping on your saddle anyway” — John Wayne

Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Dealing with those “special” customers—those who seem to come directly from your nightmares. You’ve seen them. Oh, have you seen them. You wish you hadn’t, but you’ve seen them.

Here they come into your ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

By Kathryn Dager

Seasonal hiring is part of life in the horticulture industry; however, hiring the wrong person can negatively impact your business. Do you realize that some of your key people most likely started off as “seasonal” employees? Even if you are only adding a few or bringing them back, hiring the right people is singly the most important activity you can do for your bus...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

By Aubrey Ballinger

It is that time, where in some places the spring bulbs are shooting up toward the sky, the smell of fresh spring time is in the air, and the anticipation of the seasonal rush is pulsating through your veins. While no one can predict what the season will be like, how the weather will help or harm us, or what may happen with the economy, whether you are a garden r...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

Over 125 people attended the annual winter reception in support of the Horticultural Research Institute, which provides both student scholarships and hundreds of thousands of dollars in industry research grants every year. The first of twice-yearly donor receptions took place in early January, in conjunction with MANTS in Baltimore, Maryl...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

By Brian Kight 

Some people still see talent and intelligence as the defining keys to success.

In reality success has very little to do with your talent and everything to do with your emotions.

Talent is everywhere. Knowledge is easily attainable. It's readily available whenever & wherever you want it. Self-awareness on the other hand is m...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

By Joseph J. Rothleutner, Ryan O. Stockwell, and James S. Owen

Fire blight, caused by Erwinia amylovora, is a disease of a number of plants in the apple family that can strike fear in the hearts of nurserymen, landscapers, homeowners as well as orchardists. One of the genera of ornamental woody plants that can be decimated by this disease is Cotoneaster.

...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2015

By: Tyler Hoskins, James Owen, and Alex Niemiera

With toxic algal blooms commonly in the news, water quality issues have become significant political issues, the repercussions of which the agricultural and horticultural communities must deal. In Ohio alone, water quality of inland lakes and Lake Erie has become a top issue. By September 30, 2017, any farmer, nursery or greenhouse g...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2015

The H-2B visa cap for the first half of fiscal 2015 was hit late in January. As a result, some of our members may not have access to the H-2B workers they need during the months ahead. The visa cap and resulting labor shortages will have impacts throughout the horticulture industry. If landscape companies do not have access to needed laborers, they may be forced to scale back operations and pur...

AmericanHort Contributor January 29 2015

Over 125 people attended the annual winter reception in support of the Horticultural Research Institute, which provides both student scholarships and hundreds of thousands of dollars in industry research grants every year. The first of twice-yearly donor receptions took place in early January, in conjunction with MANTS in Baltimore, Maryl...

AmericanHort Contributor January 29 2015

The EPA recently announced and opened for public comment the results of their benefits analysis on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on soybeans. The agency concluded that the “treatments have little to no benefit on soybean production.” While benefits analyses are often done during a pesticide re-registration process they are typically completed after the risk analysis, whic...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By Tyler Hoskins, James Owen, and Alex Niemiera

One of the biggest concerns facing the green industry is truly being green, in reality as well as in the minds of regulators and end consumers. The definition of being “truly green” varies depending on who you ask. From a pragmatic standpoint it would certainly include minimizing the flow of fertilizer nutrients into the environment f...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By James Atland, James Locke, and Charles Krause

There are probably very few growers who are not familiar with the concept of cation exchange capacity (CEC) and the significance of this soil chemical property. In brief, it is the maximum quantity of cations (including nutrients such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, potassium, to name a few) hold while being exchangeable with the s...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By David Kuack

Horticultural Research Institute is funding research to determine if organic fertilizers are suitable for the production of a variety of ornamental plants including perennials and herbs.

As more retailers and consumers look to reduce their impact on the environment they are increasingly asking ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By Mason Day and Seth Reed

Remember when people thought Nextel’s Direct Connect was cool? It was a walkie-talkie with unlimited range! Every greenhouse and garden center employee around the country had one. The “Chirp…. Beep Beep” sound was synonymous with business. It revolutionized how we connected with our growers, truck drivers, and installation crews. It was work in motion. We...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By Sean Barrett, Emily Brown, and Doug Sapp

Relieve stress, breathe better, and create a more personal, enriched environment. We’re not talking about the latest smart phone application; we’re talking about plants. The green things that never really say much but do so much. Of course, plants and their benefits are often overlooked. The challenge is finding a way to eng...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By Mark Maloney

Mindset: Before we get to the customers, let’s start with us; we are selling flowers. We are in the business of gifts, smiles, and joy. There is no reason for us to be bashful about asking for a sale. The customer came into your store (or called it) looking to buy flowers. That’s all the justification you need to ask for money in return.

Mentally prepar...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By David Kuack

Ohio State University corporate executive chef Lesa Holford has started growing edibles in a campus greenhouse for use in food prepared for the school’s dining facilities. Since August, kale, basil and romaine lettuce have been growing in an Ohio State University College of Agriculture greenhouse. These crops aren’t part of a research project. They are being grown fo...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

Bob Allen, President/CEO Dale Carnegie Training of Central Ohio

I afforded a quick nod to the middle-aged Spanish gentleman and his young family as I worked my way past them to our seats. The energy of our fellow West Virginia University fans negated the icy rain as I, my wife, my son and his girlfriend settled into our seats. Our focus was on rooting for our Mountaineers and keepi...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from the American Floral Endowment

Claudio Pasian, Luis Cañas, and Beth Scheckelhoff
Current collaborators: Michelle Jones, Peter Ling, Francesca Peduto-Hand, Nancy Taylor, Tim Malinich, and Randy Zondag

Background
The Floriculture Industry Roundtable of the Midwest (FIRM)...

AmericanHort Contributor January 21 2015

By Wayne Rivers

Family business (including closely held companies owned by two or more non-related “partners”) is the dominant form of business in the U.S. and around the world. Yet it is surprising how little people know about family companies. Here are some things which may inform and even surprise you.

  1. The Great Recession caused about 4.3 million family business...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Lauren Tuski

The surge of people moving in, clusters of colleagues, and frantic attempts to disengage from the push of traffic – this is the trade show floor, and for an introvert like me, it’s an overwhelming, chaotic, and disorienting mess. So what’s an introvert to do when all of the best career experts tell you that a successful career isn’t about t...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Meta Levin

Need to measure property? There’s an app for that. Identify a weed? There’s an app for that. Track employees’ times and location? There’s an app for that too.

In fact, there are more apps landscape professionals would find useful than there ever were. Apps (short for applications) are self-contained programs or software, usually designed for mobile device...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Russ Davis and Joe Doccola

New technologies are available to reduce watering in nurseries, greenhouse and landscape. The green industry should take advantage of the opportunity to protect this vital resource and to reduce labor while improving plant health and survival. Two new technologies, when combined with our understanding of traditional methods, can make an immediate imp...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Jeffrey L. Bruce, FASLA, LEED, GRP

The green industry is in a state of revolution. The question is if the green industry will recognize the shifting landscape in time to take advantage of the fundamental changes occurring in society? Writer William Pollard once stated, “Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change wil...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Keri Byrum

Succulents are hot right now. Look through any gardening website, decorating magazine or go crazy on Pinterest to see the designs and uses for this group of plants. From containers to wreaths to temporary installations, succulents have compelling shapes and colors that make them ideal for a wide range of displays. How can you capitalize on this growing trend for you...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Larry Mersereau

Every potential buyer in your market is a total stranger until they discover you. They can discover you either of two ways: either they somehow stumble across you...maybe by driving past your facility or seeing your vehicles on the street, or you go out and find them and make your presence known. Which do you think is preferable?

In the former, they ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

by: Dr. Roger C. Styer

Many growers will produce their own rooted liners by buying in unrooted cuttings (URC), sticking them in some sort of rooting media, putting them in a mist area, and then growing them on further without mist until ready for transplanting or shipping. However, one of the biggest problems I see that growers have is trying to root too many different crops in th...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

Hugh A. Poole, Ph. D.

Growers have always had a fascination with research. It is human nature to dream, to hypothesize, and to compare, and growers are very human in this regard. Our growers visit university greenhouses, attend research meetings, and actively support university research programs. They admire professors that can summarize a year’s worth of data into a very clear dow...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By David Kuack

A research project funded by Horticultural Research Institute looks to determine what it’s going to take for the horticulture industry to sell more ornamental plants to Gen X and Gen Y.

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Doug Sapp

AmericanHort has been involved with many consumer research initiatives. The majority of this research can be characterized as “quantitative” because it involves gathering and analyzing large quantities of statistical data in the search for new insights and trends. The current research project, Future of Garden Retail (TFOGR), approached consumer research ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Kerry Ann Mendez

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from The Right-Size Flower Garden: Simplify Your Outdoor Space with Smart Design Solutions and Plant Choices. Available February 2015

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

By Katie Dubow

Creating a cohesive social marketing strategy is the only way to grow your brand, blog or social channels. Whether developing new platforms or revamping old content, starting with a plan ensures success.

Effectiveness of Social Media
The benefits that come with utilizing social media are tremendous. In fact, social media is now the...

AmericanHort Contributor January 12 2015

The 2014 American Garden Award Winners were announced in October 2014. This was the sixth year for the American Garden Award flower popularity contest, and 2014 featured four beautiful new flower varietie...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

by: Dale Carnegie Training People are a company’s single greatest asset—period. While factors like innovative products, quality services and cutting edge strategies may contribute to success, none of these can be created or implemented properly without engaged employees. Research backs this up again and again. For instance, a Hay Group study found that companies with fully engaged e...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

Insight from the Updated Prince & Prince Consumer Research Seminar
Drs. Tom & Tim Prince, Prince & Prince, Inc.

Special Note: This feature article is based on new research findings excerpted from the updated Prince & Prince (P&P) Seminar, “The US Consumer Floral Tracking Survey”. The Valentine’s Day purchasing metr...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

Jim Faust and Jeremy Crook

Failure of employees to successfully complete basic horticultural tasks can be frustrating for managers. Yet if we are honest with ourselves, the source of the problem is often our own failure to properly train new workers. So often our busy work schedules result in new hires being thrown into the fray with little or no guidance. The workers are then aske...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Lauren Tuski

So, you’re in college getting that degree. That’s fantastic! Soon enough, though, you’re going to head out into the “real world.” This is the world of 40-, 50-, 60-hour work weeks. You won’t live near all of your friends anymore, and you won’t be able to just “skip” because you’re tired or need to go grocery shopping or whatever the excuse of the hour might be (I’m ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

AmericanHort and its research affiliate, Horticulture Research Institute, are on a quest to find how garden retail can survive – and thrive – in the evolving market, and be more appealing to the elusive Millennial customer. The goal? Find opportunities for the garden retail industry to engage new consumers, grow their business, change garden retail for the better, and have a positiv...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Jeffrey Scott

If you want more work, do better work. But you also need to make money at the same time. It is hard for your crews to keep hours in mind while also keeping quality in mind – unless your quality standards become ingrained in their psyche and your company culture. 

To achieve this, you need a feedback mechanism that keeps them highly attuned to your stan...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Diane Blazek

Now that North American trial grounds have completed their 2014 trialing season, the National Plant Trials Database has more than 14,000 plant ratings for the horticulture industry’s use in planning for 2015. Each year since its inception in 2012, the number of varieties and ratings have increased, making the database an ever more useful tool for flower brokers, b...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

Hugh A. Poole, Ph.D.

By now, everyone in the North American horticultural industry knows that we have a peat moss shortage due to poor harvest conditions in much of Canada. Sphagnum peat moss is solar-dried on the bogs and then vacuumed, screened, and packaged for our industry (Figures 1-3). In many ways, peat moss is similar to the harvesting of hay for cattle. If the weather do...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

The concept for the nutrition app is built off an existing app that is used for irrigation monitoring. Owen said he expects the nutrition app will be available next year.


Figure 2: The nutrition app is based on the PourT...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

Mycorrhizae – Description of Types, Benefits & Uses
Troy Buechel and Ed Bloodnick

Over the past several decades, a strong interest has developed in the identification and culture of beneficial soil organisms. It is documented that many bacteria and fungi can help plants in combating diseases, locate nutrients, and acquire water when in short supply. Within the be...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Michelle Jones

Editor’s Note: The avoidance of ethylene damage of sensitive plants during shipment involves both procedures that minimize the generation of and exposure to ethylene as well protecting sensitive plants from the effects of ethylene. The following article is a combined reports the Michelle Jones published on the Floriculture Industry Roundtable of the Mi...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Les Evans

Dissolved oxygen in irrigation water is vital to plant health. When properly delivered to the root zone, high dissolved oxygen levels can increase a plant’s ability to utilize nutrients, defend itself from pathogens, and increase crop yields. Many growers in today’s commercial greenhouses aren’t aware that they do not provide enough dissolved oxygen to their crops, and...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

Excerpted from the Field Guide to Compost Use, ©2001 The United States Composting Council

What is Compost?
Compost is the product resulting from the controlled biological decomposition of organic material that has been sanitized through the generation of heat and stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. Compost bears little ph...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

By Jeffrey Scott

No one is ever as efficient as they want to be; however, most leaders don’t know what to do about that. I have researched the best ideas for time management, tested them myself, and collated this list. The techniques in this article will double your effectiveness and allow you to accomplish more than you ever thought possible.

1. “Give me two ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 17 2014

by: Claudio Pasian, Luis Cañas, and Beth Scheckelhoff
Current collaborators: Michelle Jones, Peter Ling, Francesca Peduto-Hand, Nancy Taylor, Tim Malinich, and Randy Zondag

Background
The Floriculture Industry Roundtable of the Midwest (FIRM) was established in 1994 (then called Floriculture Industry Roundtable of Ohio, FIROO). Pr...

AmericanHort Contributor November 13 2014

In late October, the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released an addendum to the “Sustainable Practices for the Designed Landscape” first published in 2011. The addendum pertains to pollinator-friendly landscapes and is intended to p...

AmericanHort Contributor November 13 2014

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping and reporting regulation, most employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 log.

OSHA is revising recordkeeping and reporting rules regarding wo...

AmericanHort Contributor November 13 2014

Lawmakers returned to Washington on November 12. In addition to organizing for next Congress, one of their primary orders of business will be to fund the government for the remainder of the federal government’s 2015 fiscal year, which began on October 1. AmericanHort would like to see H-2B visa program relief measures included in any final spending measure.

Along with our allies in...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

By Dr. James Robbins and Josue Nahun Leiva

In general, the nursery industry lacks an automated inventory system. Plant inventory data can be comprised of plant count and/or plant grade information (e.g. canopy width and height, canopy uniformity). Plant counts are very important because availability lists and order acknowledgements are generated based upon that information.

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

By Diane Blazek

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series about the All-America Selections (AAS) program.

In the last issue of the Bulletin, I detailed how AAS Winners go through a rigorous trialing process in order to vet out only the best garden performers in a majority of trial sites. In Part 2, the focus is how those Winners are ma...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

By Lindsay Pangborn and Dr. Claudio Pasian, The Ohio State University

The 2013 summer trial was very successful, and showcased 658 plant entries representing 22 companies. Four different trial categories were offered, including field (or in-ground), container, shade, and hanging basket categories. The field and container categories were equally popular, each representing 38% of the...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

By Lynn P Griffith, Jr.

My company has been providing soil and plant tissue analysis to growers for over 60 years. Being in Florida, we deal with tropical plants and their nutrient requirements on a daily basis. This article will briefly discuss nutrient function, but it will primarily deal with nutrient disorders that we commonly encounter in tropicals. I will also discuss some ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

by Frank W. Porter

American nurserymen should be responsible for educating the public about the need and benefits of using native plants in the landscape. Instead, they have almost single handedly been responsible for introducing hundreds, if not thousands, of species from other parts of the world to a new home in our gardens. Many of these species, regrettably, have proven to be h...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

Al Gerace



Tell us a little bit about Welby Gardens. How did it get started? Where is it today?
Welby Gardens is a family owned and operated commercial greenhouse specializing in ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 29 2014

One thing seems to be true for all small business owners. The to-do list keeps getting longer as the day gets shorter. To run a profitable business, each owner needs to figure out how to be productive, not just busy.

Here are 10 actions small business owners can take make that happen:

1. Create a two-step list.
Save 30 minutes at t...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Tom Fernandez

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been around for decades but has only recently been practical for broad applications in the green industry. RFID is simply what is says: using radio signals to identify items. The advances in RFID in the past decade or so are what have made it useful for tracking products. Better, more compact readers, more durabl...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Warren Quinn

The 2014 edition of the American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1 – the “Standard”) was approved by the American National Standards Institute on April 14, 2014. The “Top 5” most important revisions to the 2004 edition are:

  1. To make the Standard easier to use, new tables for each plant type include multiple specifications for each plant size, including ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Sara G. Prado1, Adam G. Dale2, Travis McClure2, Steven D. Frank2
1NC Cooperative Unit, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
2Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

The increased appreciation for environmental stewardship among regulators, producers, and the p...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

Terri and Ryan McEnaney



As Bailey Nurseries approaches its 110th year in 2015, thing certainly haven’t slowed down for the company based out of Minnesota. Having just received Twin Citi...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Linda Zoerb, AAF, CFD

Once you have made the decision to go add Gift Ware, Christmas, whatever, to your Garden Center (or Floral Shop), commit – do not dabble. If you are scared, focus on three new product lines to add. For example, try scarves, purses, or candles. To be competitive in even the tiniest of towns, you simply need to think beyond the large nursery/garden center sho...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Beatrice Wolper

We are raising a generation of winners. They win at everything they do. They win trophies for playing, for showing up, for “trying,” for listening, and for being. No one loses. Ever.

But, in the long run, we are not doing them any favors. Unless they learn how to lose, how to face adversity, and how to face defeat, they may not be able to face failur...

AmericanHort Contributor October 13 2014

By Brian A. Krug

When you hear the word “chemistry” do you get chills up your spine? Or do you have a flashback of your high school or college chemistry class: balancing equations, experiments that never went as planned, or cold sweats before your exam? Well, have no fear, put all that aside to take a fresh look at chemistry and how you can put it to work for you. In ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 02 2014

Over the past year, as both the House and Senate dipped toes in the roiling waters of major tax reform, early proposals would have greatly limited nursery and greenhouse growers’ use of the cash method of accounting. Because the nursery industry is subject to very specific rules, AmericanHort took a two-pronged approach which involved staying in touch with broader coalitions working on the issu...

AmericanHort Contributor October 02 2014

On September 19, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) introduced S. 2881, the “Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act of 2014." The same measure (H.R. 5213) was introduced in the House in July by Reps. Renacci (R-OH), Schrader (D-OR), Jenkins (R-KS), and Costa (D-CA). The bill is intended to make it easier for seasonal businesses to meet their obligations under the Affordable Ca...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2014

By John Satagaj, Tax and Horticultural Law Consultant to AmericanHort

If you are an “applicable large employer” (ALE) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and regardless of whether you offer health care to your employees, the law is going to generate a lot of paperwork for you. Some of it is necessary to establish your own compliance with the law, but some of it has to do with the ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

by: Jim Faust and Jeremy Crook

Failure of employees to successfully complete basic horticultural tasks can be frustrating for managers. Yet if we are honest with ourselves, the source of the problem is often our own failure to properly train new workers. So often our busy work schedules result in new hires being thrown into the fray with little or no guidance. The workers are then ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

by: Stan Pohmer

The good news is that members of the floral community – growers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers – are resilient and eternal optimists. This attitude is what allowed you, the survivors of the recent recession, to still be in business when many of your colleagues weren’t able to meet the challenges. On the flip side, the bad news is that we’re all eternal...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

by: Drs. Tom & Tim Prince, Prince & Prince, Inc., Columbus, OH, U.S.A.

Special Note: This feature article is based on newly updated market research findings from the 2014 Prince & Prince (P&P) On-Site Seminar, “The U.S. Consumer Floral Tracking Survey, 2014 Edition”. The consumer floral purchasing metric for Proms & Dances is just one of over 1...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

by: Dr. Pablo Jourdan

Phlox are well-known and much-loved herbaceous ornamentals that contribute flowers of vibrant pinks, magenta, purple, reds, and whites to the landscape. The typical outdoor gardening season in temperate areas, like the Midwest, can be “framed” by phlox: spring is welcomed by the solid-color mats of the low-growing moss phlox (Phlox subulata) and summe...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014



Jared Barnes, Ph.D., is a newly appointed assistant professor of horticulture at Stephen F. Austin University where he focuses both on teaching and working with the SFA Gardens. Barnes started formally speaking across the country ab...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

by: Rachel K. Pilloff, Esq.

As plant breeders, we work hard to ensure proper plant growth and development. It’s our passion, our business, and our intellectual property. Plant breeders are wise to consider protecting plant varieties in the United States, because unlike other countries, the U.S. provides at least four mechanisms for protecting plant intellectual property.

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

Classifying and Communicating About Your Floral Designs
By James M. DelPrince, AIFD, PFCI

Communicating the features of flowers and floral designs is important at all levels of floriculture, from grower to the consumer. Growers want to provide floral crops that will make the end-user happy and repeat the sale. Wholesalers often have to sell without their clients seeing, sm...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

by: Diane Blazek

Every year since 1980, the National Garden Bureau (NGB) Board of Directors chooses one annual, one edible, and one perennial (recently added in 2012) as the selected classes for our "Year of the" program. In order to get the full momentum of the program going all the way to the consumer during the actual year (in this case, 2015) we start announcing it ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

Pamela J. Bennett

Ever wish you could carve out a few more hours each day to focus on really important issues? Do you feel that at times you have to do it all? We know that one person can't accomplish every task necessary to run a successful business. In order to be a successful manager, one must learn effective delegating skills. How well do you delegate?

Delegati...

AmericanHort Contributor September 03 2014

By Brian A. Krug

When you hear the word “chemistry” do you get chills up your spine? Or do you have a flashback of your high school or college chemistry class: balancing equations, experiments that never went as planned, or cold sweats before your exam? Well, have no fear, put all that aside to take a fresh look at chemistry and how you can put it to work for you. In this article ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 28 2014

A big thank you to all who responded to the recent systemic insecticide survey. AmericanHort members responded strongly! In fact, of the four national industry associations who participated, AmericanHort’s response rate far outpaced the others, adding credibility to our leadership efforts on pollinator protection and insecticides.

The survey is now closed and the data are b...

AmericanHort Contributor August 28 2014

The USDA-APHIS announced an extension of the comment period for its proposed revisions to the U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (GCP). Comments will be accepted through September 19. The GCP has been in place for nearly 20 years, operating under a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Canada. As part of an effort to harmonize regulatory requirements for both countries on a...

AmericanHort Contributor August 15 2014

The Horticultural Research Institute Donor Reception was full of action where nearly 200 horticultural industry professionals gathered to celebrate research and each other.  The second of twice-yearly donor receptions took place late last month, in conjunction with AmericanHort’s Cultivate’14 event in Columbus, OH. 

Collaboration was a recurring theme throug...

AmericanHort Contributor August 14 2014

By Chris Eyestone

It was an uncharacteristically cool summer morning in Washington as I made my way down the escalator into the Pentagon subway station. The platforms hummed with the usual hustle and bustle of a Monday. I was heading to my first day on the job as a volunteer intern with AmericanHort. I was excited, enthused, and just a tad nervous. In the days ahead, I would be int...

AmericanHort Contributor August 14 2014

Provided by U.S. Forest Service

In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.

While trees’ pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of l...

AmericanHort Contributor August 01 2014

Time is running out to complete the survey regarding our industry’s use of systemic insecticides and neonicotinoids, in particular. Please take this 15-minute survey.

With the recent public attention on the horticultural industry’s use of insecticides, especially neonicotinoids, ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 01 2014

On Monday, July 28, Reps. Renacci (R-OH), Schrader (D-OR), Jenkins (R-KS), and Costa (D-CA) introduced the “The Simplifying Technical Aspects Regarding Seasonality (STARS) Act of 2014” (H.R.5213). The bill would modify the Affordable Care Act to define “seasonal employee” as a worker who is employed on a seasonal basis for six months or less during the calendar year, consistent with Department ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 01 2014

Pollinating bees are important to sustaining life on our planet. They support our food chain, and many plants are dependent on bees for reproduction. The horticulture industry is committed to ensuring their sustainability because of their important role in the life cycle of plants and humans.

We are aware that recent media attention regarding pollinator health has focused on neon...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

by: Beatrice E. Wolper

People “reflect” on making estate and succession decisions, and they should, but as Daniel Pink said, “Procrastination can masquerade as reflection. Even though most people KNOW they should do estate and succession planning, they put off such decisions because they are “reflecting” on what to do. Only 50 percent of family busin...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By: Risk Control 360

Set the example of excellence by your actions.
By their actions, supervisors set the pace and greatly influence employees’ interest in safety. Supervisors’ actions, not their words, reflect their commitment to safety excellence. Supervisors’ examples should reflect sincerity, alertness, and a drive toward excellence.

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AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By Salvatore Mangiafico and Donald Merhaut

Growers face a variety of concerns about potential limitations of current or future water supplies, ranging from the limited water allocations by government regulators, to the cost of municipal water, to limited resources during drought conditions. Additionally, growers may have concerns about the quality of some water sources, such as hig...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By David Kuack

The U.S. Geological Survey reports that only 2.5 percent of all Earth’s water is fresh water. Almost all fresh water is locked up in ice (68.7 percent) and in the ground (30.1 percent). Just over 1.2 percent of all fresh water is surface water. With concerns about the availability and quality of water, more municipalities are looking to protect this limited n...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

Greg Orofino, Founder & Owner
Zanesville, Ohio


This month’s member spotlight comes straight from the floor of Cultivate ’14. We know the hectic craziness that Cultivate brings with it, and for Greg Orofino, it’s craziness on a whole new level. We were able to steal a few minutes of his time to snag this interview. If you’ve been...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By: Heidi M. Wollaeger and Erik S. Runkle

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from the following research paper, which received AmericanHort’s Alex Laurie Award in 2014: Wollaeger, H.M. and E.S. Runkle. 2013. Growth responses of ornamental annual seedlings under different wavelengths of red light provided by light-emitting diodes. HortScience 48:1478-1483.

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

by: Juan Tracy

Ever thought the arrangement you just made was the best work you’ve ever done and then the boss comes in and asks “who made this piece of trash?” I bet a lot of designers have had this experience - whether it was the boss, a co-worker, or the person who ordered the piece. Did it make you feel like you were inadequate to be a designer? You may have felt so discouraged...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By Barry Moltz

One of the most important rules of sales is that if you can’t be found, you will never be chosen. We can’t actually sell anything to anyone. Instead, we need to be there when people are ready to buy.

If you own a garden center that not only sells plants, but also gift items and garden tools, you want the customer to remember you on all these occasions, ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

by: Stanton Gill, Brian Kunkel, Karen Rane, Deborah Smith-Fiola, and Suzanne Klick

Introduction
The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is expanding its territory rapidly, and this invasive species has developed a palate for many species of plants. The BMSB has spread into over 40 states (www.stopBMSB.org),...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2014

By Jared Barnes

The concept of backgrounds is familiar to most of us. Take a quick glance at your phone or computer home screen and chances are there’s a background image where upon icons rest. Or, go through a recent picture from a family trip and see if you don’t find a picture of yourself. What’s in the background? A grand landscape? An iconic landmark? A beautiful garden? We of...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2014

With the recent public attention on the horticultural industry’s use of insecticides, especially neonicotinoids, we are often asked about the economic impact of these chemicals. Unfortunately, we rarely have hard numbers to share but instead describe their utility in addressing some of our greatest pest challenges, particularly in the case of invasive insects. However, specific values and impac...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Brian Minter

In the 1980s and 1990s, gardening was one of the fastest growing leisure activities in North America. Almost everyone was either busy in their garden or certainly had some interest in growing plants. However, as the new millennium arrived, with all its optimism, something unexpected happened – the interest in gardening flattened and has been on a decline eve...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Larry Mersereau

Every potential buyer in your market is a total stranger until they discover you. They can discover you either of two ways: Either they somehow stumble across you, maybe by driving past your facility or seeing your vehicles on the street, or you go out and find them and make your presence known. Which do you think is preferable?

In the former, they a...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

I was recently asked for information to help an AmericanHort member who was looking for a resource for garden education videos to play for their customers while they waited in the long peak spring checkout lines. Wrong Question!

This is a common and logical line of thinking, and it’s not that I want people to be bored while they’re waiting in line. The trouble is that this is a trip...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014



Vicky Cate, Founder & Owner
San Diego, California


Tell us a little bit of Evergreen Interior's background and history.
I founded Eve...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Matthew Blanchard and Erik Runkle

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from the following research paper, which received the OFA Alex Laurie Award in 2012: Blanchard, M.G. and E.S. Runkle. 2011. The influence of day and night temperature fluctuations on growth and flowering of annual bedding plants and greenhouse heating cost predictions. HortScience 46:599-603.
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AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Debra Ringler

This summer I watched “America’s Got Talent.” As the contestants get closer to the finals, the judges often comment that they are looking for the WOW factor. What makes one act stand out from the rest?: What makes someone unique, different, and sets them apart as great? In today’s economy, we need to be mindful that we have to be giving our customers service that s...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

By Janna Beckerman

Diagnosing plant problems is hard. There is a lot to factor in and a lot to remember; if that wasn’t bad enough, you have to apply correction all this information time and time again. To help with this, we have released a suite of smart phone apps that work with iPhones and Android smartphones. The Purdu...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

Building a Better Business, Industry Through Organization Involvement
By David Kuack

Dan Batson, president and CEO of GreenForest Nursery, is a big believer in industry organizations and what they can accomplish. Batson runs a 180-acre container tree and shrub operation in Perkinston, Mississippi. His customer base consists primarily of distribution centers, landscape contrac...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

Drs. Mengmeng Gu, Kevin Ong, and Margaret McGrath

There has been increasing popularity of using herbs in cooking and growing them in home gardens, and basil ranks first in both production and consumption, among many available herb types. Commercial basil production has increased significantly. The top four states are California, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Florida. A total of 2...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2014

The continuing uncertainty around the present state of the economy and the impact that it is having on virtually everyone is a subject on every person’s mind today. On the one hand, we appear to have hit bottom and the economy is slowly recovering. But it is slow. Unemployment is still high, our government continues to run massive deficits, companies are afraid to invest, and in the latest Gall...

AmericanHort Contributor June 27 2014

AmericanHort president and CEO Michael Geary and research programs director Joseph Albano, Ph.D. represented AmericanHort and its affiliate Horticultural Research Institute at the 2014 Seeley Summit. The June 22-24 program, “Water: Horticulture’s Next Game Changer?” was held in Chicago.

Issues of water availability, usage, and quality continue to make headlines ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 27 2014

For several years, a California-based initiative known as PlantRight has sought common-ground, common-sense solutions to invasive plant concerns. The consensus based process has focused its energies on approaches where conservationists, native plant enthusiasts, commercial horticulture, and government stakeholders have found agreement. Voluntary phase-outs of high-consequence species, and risk ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 27 2014

Congress continues to hold hearings and send letters to EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers raising concerns about the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule. Last week, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held a hearing to review the interpretive rule regarding the Clean Water Act (CWA) agricultural exemptions.

According to subcommittee Cha...

AmericanHort Contributor June 27 2014

On June 20, during National Pollinator Week, the Obama administration announced a Presidential Memorandum on “Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.” The initiative includes the establishment of a task force composed of representatives from many federal agencies and to be co-chaired by the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Envi...

AmericanHort Contributor June 27 2014

In late April, USDA-APHIS announced an open comment period regarding their proposed new fee structure and overtime rates for port inspections. They will continue to accept comments on the new and adjusted user fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection services (APHIS-2013-0021-0002) through July 24, but the comment period regarding fee increases for overtime services (APHIS-2009-0047-0001...

AmericanHort Contributor June 27 2014

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have selected new leaders in the wake of Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s rather stunning primary loss to a political novice in Virginia. After Cantor steps down on July 31, Kevin McCarthy of California will become Majority Leader, the second-highest ranking position in the House leadership structure. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was chosen as Ma...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014


Asian citrus psyllid nymphs. Photo credit: USDA, R. Anson Eaglin

Citrus industry colleagues in Texas have reached out for help in their urgent search for orange jasmine plants, Murraya paniculata. Th...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014

Every winter bee colonies suffer losses. That is part of a bee colony life-cycle with more bees dying than being produced during the winter months. In May, The USDA, in collaboration with the Bee Informed Partnership, reported the results of the 2013-14 bee colony winter loss survey. This marks the eighth year of surveys, going back to the 2006-07 winter. Winter losses for this year came in at ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014

The late Tip O’Neill, who served as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 until his retirement in 1987, is credited with coining the phrase, “All politics is local.” Heeding this advice, on June 4, a nursery, floriculture, and landscape lobbying team headed for the West Chicago, IL, office of Rep. Peter Roskam. The team leader, Peter Orum of Midwest Groundcovers, was j...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014

On June 10, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies passed the fiscal 2015 appropriations measure for the Department of Labor and other agencies. The full Appropriations Committee planned to take up the measure during the week of June 9, but postponed the markup. During the full committee markup, AmericanHort expects positive H-2B amendments to be of...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014

In response to broad-based public outcry and numerous requests, EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have extended the comment period on the proposed “Waters of the United States” regulation from July 21 until October 20, 2014. The announcement was made by the agencies on June 11.

The proposed rule would extend Federal Clean Water Act regulation to all tributaries of streams, l...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014


Alejandro Mayorkas

On June 10, AmericanHort was part of a small-group meeting with Alejandro N. Mayorkas, who serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The meeting, ho...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014


Eric Cantor
AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2014

Every business needs to price its products and services to be competitive yet profitable. In fact, even in today’s economy, you can simultaneously increase your profits and win more sales in competitive bid situations.

Your pricing is strategically important, and to set your pricing successfully, you must know your true costs of doing business. Most accounting systems wi...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

By Rita Randolph

Editor’s Note: Rita is the author of Taunton Press/ Fine Gardening’s CONTAINER GARDENING issue 2009. Portions of this article are reprinted with permission from that special issue.

Containers for Your Collection
There are all levels of gardeners – from the youngest child with novice dirty hands, to Master Gardeners, to p...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

By Thomas Hudgin

Your success, even survival, depends on repeat business. I don’t know of a single business that can survive on one-time customers…wait, there is one and that is the funeral business. But you are not involved in this business. So, your goal is to reach the top and stay there by developing true and loyal customer relationships. Today’s customers want it all, immed...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

By Jamie Gibson

Overgrown, leggy, and disproportionate woody ornamentals lose value at retail and decrease profits for growers. It is important to keep growth controlled in production to ensure plants are at their peak when they go to market. Growers have a number of options available for growth regulation, including biological, physical, environmental, and chemical controls. Such ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

By David Kuack

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry."
~Thomas Fuller, 1732


What if the green industry had access to a limitless supply of irrigation water for nurseries, greenhouses, golf courses, and green spaces? Sound like a pipe dream? University of Florida environmental horticulture professor Kimberly Moore said tre...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

Dudley Davis
Santa Paula, California



Tell us a little bit of Do Right’s Plant Growers background and history. How did the company start? Where is it today?
I started Do Right’s in 1972 ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

Here’s some straight talk on problem employees. This bit of advice might not be easy to take, but believe me it can change your professional life!

Do you have a person (or two, or three) in you company who is making life miserable for you, negatively affecting the morale of your staff, and even giving bad customer service?  Maybe they have been working with you for years, maybe the...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2014

By Drs. Mengmeng Gu, Mike Merchant, James Robbins, and John Hopkins


Figure 1. Crape myrtle planting infested by CMBS in China.

Crape myrtle is prized for its beauty and relative freedom from pests in the Un...

AmericanHort Contributor May 29 2014

Essential oils have gained popularity in recent years due to ever-increasing consumer demand for natural products. Used for a variety of purposes, from aromatherapy to non-traditional health treatments to laundry to beauty care, plant-derived essential oils are yet another benefit plants bring to our world.

Despite the popularity of essential oils for home and personal care use, ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 29 2014

Before May, I had never heard the word “fomite.” However, terms like fomite, natural host, conditional host, and conditional non-host were the focus of a three-day meeting held by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Government representatives from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., as well as AmericanHort, met to work on developing a...

AmericanHort Contributor May 29 2014


The House Small Business Committee held a hearing May 29 on the far-reaching impacts of the proposed “Waters of the United States” regulation issued by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on April 21. During the hearin...

AmericanHort Contributor May 29 2014

On May 19, horticultural research dodged a bullet. A key House Appropriations subcommittee approved nearly $21 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2015, approximately equal to 2014 funded levels. When you include mandatory spending on programs like nutrition the total package is about $142.5 billion.

Earlier this year the President’s budget called for significant cuts...

AmericanHort Contributor May 29 2014


Photo caption: OAN and AmericanHort with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) Left to right: Jeff Stone, OAN; John Coulter, Fisher Farms; Matt Gold, Gold Hill Sales (seated); Rep. Walden (standing); Steve Shropshire, Jordan Ram...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is now accepting scholarship applications, as well as research project proposals designed to improve green industry efficiencies and profitability. Research proposals for the 2015 grant cycle are due no later than June 1, 2014.

HRI’s mission is to direct, fund, promote, and c...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

Invasive plants frequently make headlines in communities throughout the United States. As more municipalities consider restrictions on what plant materials should be planted, nurseries need better tools to identify and qualify whether plants they introduce, produce, and distribute have the potential to become invasive.

To better understand the potential for a nursery plant to bec...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

Recently the AmericanHort office in DC received an unexpected call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fortunately, nobody was in trouble. However, the Bureau’s Biological Countermeasures Unit did want to speak with us about getting the word out on a concerning trend they’ve seen in recent years – an increase in domestic terror attempts using toxins found in plants.

Th...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

USDA has announced $28.2 million in funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses for a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. This is the first of two rounds of funding to be announced this year. Later this year, the USDA will release the final REAP rule as well as a...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

A recent Washington Impact article spoke to a recent IRS counsel determination exempting employers in the H-2B program from Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) withholdings and contributions. True to a point. But, there is the fine print. The exemption only applies to Philippine nationals working in the U.S. territory of Guam. Apologies if we got your hopes up. As always, the last word co...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

Lawmakers continue to express concern about the far-reaching impacts of proposed “Waters of the United States” regulation that was issued by EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers on April 21. The House Small Business Committee is planning a May 29 hearing on t...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

AmericanHort and allied associations, including the Society of American Florists, PLANET, and the National Restaurant Association, have been working to educate Congress about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) complex treatment of seasonal workers. Different definitions of seasonal, with different lengths of service, are used when determining whether a business is a small or large employer under t...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed significant revisions to its Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations, which apply to farming operations – including nurseries and greenhouses – that apply pesticides. Given the complexity of the 89-page proposed rule and the fact that the comment period coincides with the busy spring season, AmericanHort and allies asked for a 90-...

AmericanHort Contributor May 16 2014

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently released the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The first agriculture census was done in 1840, and since 1920 the census has been done every 5 years. In 1976 Congress decided that the census would be performed in years ending in 2 and 7 to coincide with other economic censuses.

The 2012 census was the firs...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014

Authors: Dr. Joseph Albano & Jennifer Gray

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 school year.

These scholarships are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider gradu...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014

In late April, USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced proposed changes to the fee structure for inspection and quarantine services at U.S. ports of entry. Passengers coming into the U.S. would see little change. In fact, those arriving by plane would enjoy a dollar decrease in the fee assessed to their ticket, from $5 to $4. More substantial increases would be applied...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014

On April 29, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing “to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators.”  Jeff Stone, Executive Director and CEO of the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) was one of the witnesses pro...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014

EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers formally proposed the “Waters of the US” rule in the Federal Register on April 21. The proposed rule would extend federal regulation to all tributaries of streams, lakes, ponds, and impoundments, as well as wetlands that affect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of larger, navigable downstream waters. Many additional waters, including ditches...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014

Good news on the tax reform and cash accounting issue. To set the stage, one year ago, the initial House blueprint for reform would have denied many nursery growers the option to use cash accounting, and required them to maintain inventory. Fortunately, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s recent comprehensive tax reform proposal preserves growers’ right to elect to use cash accounting, an...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014


AmericanHort’s Craig Regelbrugge and others meet with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Despite the challenges, immigration reform is not dead for 2014! House Speaker John Boehner wa...

AmericanHort Contributor April 30 2014

By Dr. Joe Bischoff and Lin Schmale

Just a year ago, very few people outside of plant health experts would have heard of the word “neonicotinoid.” But that has all changed, beginning with a large bee kill in Oregon last spring. In that case the applicator did not properly follow the EPA-approved label and inadvertently killed an estimated 50,000 bees. This event happe...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

Researchers have published a list of 170 plants that the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) uses for food and reproduction, called Host Plants of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in the U.S. "This publication will be a living document, updated regularly on the web," said North Carolina State University resear...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

By Carol Miller

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from the July 2011 issue of Today’s Garden Center.

Any retailer who has ever erected or made changes to a roadside sign for their business understands the biggest challenge often doesn’t involve choosing the right wording or colors. More likely, it’s dealing with your local zoning board. If zoning laws f...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

By Claudio Pasian and Steve Carver

Every year, car manufacturers come out with new models. Some are slight variations of previous models; others may have radical changes. But any change is costly to the car maker. Why do car companies go through such an expensive process? They do it to keep customer interest high with the hope of increasing sales. For similar reasons, plant breed...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014



Dan Mulhall
Omaha, Nebraska


Tell us a little bit of Mulhall's background and history. How did the company start, and where is it today?
Mulhall’s is a famil...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

If you want to capture the attention of your most loyal customers, here’s one thing that is critically important: Alter one visible part of your business that captures their attention. The critical point here is to correct and improve an area that impacts a customer’s first impressions of your business.

Here’s an obvious example, as shown in Figure 1. When I walked into this sporti...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

By Bridget White

Foliage plants have long been an industry and consumer favorite, even before the back-to-earth, back-to-nature movement of the 1970s. Documentation shows that Florida growers have cultivated Boston fern since 1912, heartleaf philodendron vine since 1928, and rubber plant since the 1930s. Now, the U.S. market for foliage plants exceeds $600 million and remains one...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

By Raymond Cloyd

Insect and mite pests of greenhouse-grown horticultural crops are primarily suppressed with pesticides, in this case insecticides and miticides. However, many insect (and even mite) pests possess the inherent ability to evolve or adapt to various human disturbance factors such as pesticide applications. Therefore, continual reliance on insecticides eventually leads...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

Learn from one landscape contractor’s concerted effort to make his company’s online image shine.

By Jim Lewis

It’s easier than ever before for customers to access the Better Business Bureau (BBB) as well as sites like Angie’s List, Yelp, Citysearch, Google+, and dozens of others that prompt consumers to leave online reviews. Posting negative reviews to these for...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

Colin Gordon

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from OPGMA Today, Winter 2014. www.opgma.org.

Like some of the older tractors I see on a lot of farms, the balance sheet is well designed, easy to maintain, and a relatively simple tool that when properly harnessed can provide seemingly endless utility. Wh...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

You may have already met the mildews: these plant pathogens usually attack plants in a rather conspicuous way. The powdery mildews are fungi that often grow as white polka dots or chalky smears across the upper surface of the leaf. The downy mildews, on the other hand, are water molds rather than fungi, and they are more often seen on the undersurface of the leaf where their spore structures fo...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) has an indiscriminate palate and a healthy appetite. The pest thrives on numerous plant species as both food sources and suitable places for laying its egg masses. Ornamental plants face the same risks of BMSB infestation as fruit and vegetable crops.

Researchers recently conducted a study of BMSB in woody ornamentals commonly found in home and...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

Only six percent of Americans love their jobs. Stress-induced depression is on the rise and predicted to be the leading occupational disease responsible for more work days lost than any other single factor. And poor communication in the workplace is a leading cause of job dissatisfaction.

If everyone would like to work in a thriving, enlivening, and nurturing environment, why is it...

AmericanHort Contributor April 29 2014

Change is often a really good thing. The curious thing to me is why we spend so much time resisting it. Already this year we have witnessed change for the good. First of all, Congress finally passed a national budget and even headed off another debt ceiling debate before it even started. Second, Janet Yellen has taken the helm from the vacating Ben Bernanke as Chair of the Federal Reserve, kick...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

If a tree falls in a forest and nobody is around, does it make a sound? Of course, the answer is yes. But it’s far more impactful if someone IS around. That’s exactly the premise behind the Horticultural Research Institute’s outreach initiative. HRI is taking some of its most important, most interesting, and most releva...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

For the 19 National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) centers in 15 states, 2013 was a difficult year. With no funds coming from the expired Farm Bill, some programs lost personnel and some were not able to maintain their same level of industry service. However, the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill relieves much of that pressure and will help the programs return to previous levels of competency and capac...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

Growers of farm-fresh Christmas trees have finally gotten their Christmas wish: the green light to proceed with an industry-funded, USDA-administered research and promotion check-off program. But the journey was long and more than a little bumpy. First, an industry committee spent years developing consensus and a formal proposal to USDA. Then, they experienced delays and the need to educate new...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel has concluded that the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) exemption in Code Sec. 3121(b)(18) extends to workers with both H-2A and H-2B visa status. The ruling determined that the subject paragraph of the tax code applies to all temporary H-2 workers and does not distinguish between those with H-2A and H-2B visas.

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

Shifting for now from a push for a broader tax rewrite, the Senate Finance Committee has approved a measure known as the Expire Act. The bill would provide for a 2-year extension of roughly 50 tax provisions which expired at the end of 2013. Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) vowed to return to the topic of a comprehensive tax overhaul. “I want to be straightforward on one point – this wi...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

USDA-APHIS recently announced the 2014 fiscal year spending plan for the Farm Bill’s Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, Section 10007 (formerly 10201). In total APHIS funded 383 projects with $48.1 million.

For the horticulture industry, funding exceeded levels seen in either of the last two years with support of over $3 million for FY2014, an increa...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2014

Make time to lobby on behalf of horticulture! That’s what AmericanHort member Craig Aston, of A&D Landscaping, UT, did on a recent visit to see his son, who resides nearby. Joined by AmericanHort’s advocacy team Craig Regelbrugge and Joe Bischoff, Aston visited the offices of Sen. Orrin Hatch to discuss tax reform and cash accounting, and Rep. Rob Bishop to discuss support for immigration refor...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed extensive and complicated revisions to its Worker Protection Standard regulation. Member nursery, greenhouse, and Christmas tree growers will be affected. AmericanHort is collaborating with other interested national organizations, state partners, and affected growers to assess the proposal and develop official comments, which are due by June...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Dr. Matt Taylor and Dr. Brian Jackson

The biochar fire has begun and it is not being used to cook burgers, but as a potential growing media additive. Biochar is also referred to as “black carbon” and, in general, is a residue that remains from the incomplete combustion of organic material. This carbon is highly resistant to decay and can exist in soils for much longer periods than ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Will teamwork bring in more clients and keep the ones you've got? Yes! People who work together may develop the dreaded "Who cares?" disease. Highly infectious, it slowly erodes all the good efforts that a few excellent workers produce. However, it's reversible if you take immediate action. Start with these 10 tips.

Find or create a team leader – Great teams don't ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Research Results: Rebooting a Horticultural Classic
By Joseph Albano, Jennifer Gray

The Journal of Environmental Horticulture was established in 1983 to serve as the research publication of the Horticultural Research Institute (the research affiliate of AmericanHort). The Journal’s mission is to publish peer-reviewed papers on topics of relevance to...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

By Paul Pilon

Recently several products, such as insecticides or fungicides, have been promoting “plant health benefits” in addition to the primary pests or diseases they were designed to control. The phrase “plant health” can mean many things. Products promoting these benefits often claim treated plants appear healthier, have stronger stems, develop more root mass, and exhibit mor...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

The busier a store gets the more important the checkout experience becomes. As a consumer, I've had many a great store experiences ruined in those last few feet. As a retailer, I've lost more than my fair share of customers or created unhappy ones.

Lineology, the art of delivering a great checkout experience during the busy retail season, uses most of the same skills and behaviors ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Here’s some straight talk on problem employees. This bit of advice might not be easy to take, but believe me it can change your professional life!

Do you have a person (or two, or three) in you company who is making life miserable for you, negatively affecting the morale of your staff, and even giving bad customer service?  Maybe they have been working with you for years, maybe the...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Florists and funeral directors stop pointing fingers and start a candid conversation about everything from commissions to corpses.

By Amanda Long

Editor’s Note: Reprint with permission from the February 2010 issue of Floral Management which is published by the Society of American Florists (www.safnow.org<...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in I-Plants Magazine. For past issues and more information go to www.InteriorscapeConsultant.com/magazines

The film “The Right Stuff” begins in 1947 at Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air force Base), where test p...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Daniel S. Gordon

Avoid Exposing Your Company to an Audit
“Is the cost of today’s activities tax deductible?” That’s the question one of my land care clients recently asked me at a fancy dinner after a green Industry golf outing. Having just been through a tax audit for another client where the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auditor disallowed most of his trav...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

It’s amazing how insects and mites always seem to find their way to the plants in the interiorscape. Often these pests have not found their way in, but rather have been brought in on new plant material or carried around by people. This is why it is essential to inspect new plants from top to bottom before installing them.

There are four ways to deal with pests in the interi...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

Your most powerful recruitment and hiring tool is the reputation of being a good place to work. This reputation brings good news. It is good news when people contact you asking to be an applicant for your next position because they have heard such good things about you from their families, friends, and your employees. As an employer, you own your reputation (good or bad). The reputation comes f...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

How well do you know the end-consumer? The answer could mean the difference between robust profits and lackluster sales. Consumers may be fickle, but it’s critical to learn more about their needs. Don’t leave it up to the retail garden center to woo the consumer. Instead, work as a team with everyone in the supply chain to develop the best product, packaging, and displays to get the sales flowi...

AmericanHort Contributor April 10 2014

By James M. DelPrince, Ph.D., AIFD, PFCI

Elegant tables at bridal showers, rehearsal events, and wedding receptions feature a gorgeous bouquet of flowers, professionally arranged by a floral designer. These even...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Joseph Albano

The Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) is a unique research partnership that provides a means for the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to direct funds in a managed way to research emerging and long-term critical issues identified by the green industry like boxwood blight disease and water quality. The ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Craig Regelbrugge

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly released a proposed rule intended to “clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources.”

Under current law, the CWA applies to “navigable waters.” Under the draft rule’s definition of a tributary, many addit...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Craig Regelbrugge

AmericanHort, the Nature Conservancy, and other groups collaborating to protect landscape and forest trees from introduced pests have filed comments to Congress urging continued adequate funding for USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service programs designed to keep pests like emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle from arriving on U.S. shore...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Craig Regelbrugge

Legal efforts continue in the quest to defend our employers against regulatory excess. Just two weeks after signing a legal brief in defense of the H-2B program, AmericanHort and the National Council of Agricultural Employers have joined as lead organizations filing a legal

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Joe Bischoff

Beginning on March 31, USDA-APHIS will begin implementing some changes to their Phytophthora ramorum domestic quarantine regulation (7 CFR 301.92). The most significant changes involve reducing the burden on nurseries within the regulated area that have not tested positive in the last three years but augments sampling for those that have.

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AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Craig Regelbrugge

The H-2B cap for the first half of the fiscal year (October 1, 2013 - March 31, 2014) was reached on March 14. Hopefully the cap did not have much impact on our members since many companies are already employing their H-2B workers for the spring. However, some companies could be impacted by processing delays at the Departments of Labor and Homeland Securit...

AmericanHort Contributor April 01 2014

Author: Craig Regelbrugge

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially published on March 19 its proposed revisions to its agricultural Worker Protection Standard. The standard applies to greenhouse, nursery, and Christmas tree growers as well as other farm types using pesticides. Revisions touch on areas including training, recordkeeping, personal protective equipment ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 13 2014

The Journal of Environmental Horticulture was established in 1983 to serve as the research publication of the Horticultural Research Institute (the research affiliate of AmericanHort). The Journal’s mission is to publish peer-reviewed papers on topics of relevance to the green industry, including but not limited to:
 

  • pest and disease management;
  • water u...

AmericanHort Contributor March 13 2014

Horticultural research is critically important to your business success. Good research guides best practices, innovations, and key knowledge. Good research produces solutions that can be applied to real-world business challenges.

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the exclusive research affiliate of AmericanHort, exists to provide research, development, and real world an...

AmericanHort Contributor March 13 2014

Final passage of the Farm Bill was a hard fought process with years of negotiations leading to significant improvements in the programs that most impact U.S. horticulture. AmericanHort, and our Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance partners, successfully steered additional money and expanded industry involvement into USDA programs that support areas like research, pest and disease management, and m...

AmericanHort Contributor March 13 2014

On March 5, 2014, AmericanHort filed a “friend of the court” brief in H-2B program-related litigation in federal court in Pennsylvania. The brief was filed jointly with the H-2B Providers’ Coalition. The case involves an attempt by the Department of Labor (DOL) and certain worker advocate groups to retroactively increase wages that H-2B landscapers must pay to their H-2B workers. AmericanHort p...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

You rely on your employees to keep your retail business running profitably week after week, year after year. And having employees who can really SELL is your key to extraordinary profits.

Your first step is training your retail employees how to sell – it’s not an inborn skill, you have to teach the process. Your next big challe...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Wedding flowers are an important income generator for many retail flower shops. According to WeddingStats.org, the average cost of wedding flowers in 2013 was $1,971. While perhaps small potatoes to the established event florists that design over-the-top weddings, for many traditional flower shops, this source of income can be the difference between staying afloat and going under. Design one av...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Water quality is a key factor affecting pH and nutritional management in container-grown crops. The challenge is that irrigation water is not consistent throughout the greenhouse and nursery industry, and can differ dramatically between operations, or even from different sources within the same greenhouse or nursery (Table 1). Understanding a few technical details about water quality will help ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Fall 2011 OPGMA Today.

“I dread job interviews.” Both job applicants and employers wanting to hire the right people sometimes mutter these words of frustration. The applicant suffers the pressure of finding a job that is a right fit or perhaps is desperate to find a job. Employers simply want to hire the right pe...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from Nursery Management Magazine, December 2013

In 2010, the Connecticut Invasive Plant Council’s task got tougher. The agency develops and maintains a list of invasive and potentially invasive plants, then recommends whether they are allowed to be sold or banned outright in the state. But in 2010, the council was given enforcement ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Every year dozens of new cuts are released, but which ones are must-haves for your business? The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) test the latest in cut flower introductions each year to find out. Cultivars are grown and evaluated at NCSU and over 30 growers across the country for their productivity, stem length, and vase life. Tryi...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

By Kelli Rodda

Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from Nursery Management, January 2014

Seasons of recession, drought, and pest infestations sound like something out of a novel, but it has been the nursery industry’s reality for too long. While the market is on the upswing, these factors have caused a tree shortage that have some in the supply chain scra...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014


Joe Burns
Lawrenceville, Georgia


1) Please tell us the background of Color Burst and how it got started?

Color Burst designs, installs, and maintains flowerbe...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in January 2014 I-Plants magazine, compliments of Kathy Fediw

For many interiorscapers, the Tropical Plant Industry Expo has become an annual event, a chance to get away after the busy holidays and enjoy some Florida sunshine while catching up with old friends and suppliers. Other events throughout the year, inclu...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Bill Arman

I know that most of you out there already know this but sometimes we get so busy working we forget what really is important and where we need to focus our time and attention. When it comes right down to it there are really basically four areas for organizations and their leaders to focus on to be successful.

That’s it, just four and I refer...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

To answer the question, yes. There is life for impatiens after impatiens downy mildew (IDM). Before we dive into why we think this, let’s go into a little history. Impatiens downy mildew, caused by Plasmopara obducens, is an old disease that for mysterious, unknown reasons is new again. Some of the first collections of IDM in Europe and North America are housed in the US National Fungu...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Considering jumping on the vegetable trend? Here are some things to consider before planting your first seeds. Demand for seasonal vegetables continues to grow, but having some vegetables pre-season gives you the competitive edge in pricing. Just before the harvest is in full swing gets appetites whetted and customers clambering for the fresh stuff. But simply growing vegetables you like to eat...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Let’s face it: direct mail is expensive, and unless you have a calculated marketing strategy, it may also be ineffective. So you need to have a strong email marketing plan in place. The Direct Marketing Association tells us that email marketing has an ROI of around 4,300 percent. According to DBS Interactive, one study shows that email-driven traffic is 15 times more likely to convert customers...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Recent research carried out in the United States indicates that garden customers have lost trust with many independent retailers and now prefer to purchase from “box” stores. Box stores are benefitting from increased sales and the market is therefore shifting. There are many reasons for the shift in trading patterns.

One is that the consumer now uses the internet to find out the in...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

How can garden centers, retail nurseries, and similar agribusinesses provide customers with a complete package when creating or enhancing their outdoor living space? With the addition of decking, lighting, and outdoor kitchens it is possible that one retailer does not provide all that is needed to complete the desired outcome, and in some cases the customer does not have the ability to recreate...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Many commercial office buildings, health care facilities, schools, and homes are green certified by the USGBC LEED program or the Energy Star program, and many more are in the process of becoming certified. Building owners and managers are very proud of this accomplishment, and rightly so. It takes a lot of time and money for a building to become green certified and start to reap the rewards of...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

Before a business can become a destination to consumers, it must take several critical steps. First, becoming a destination business assumes that you have solidified the basic functioning of your business. For example, if you are a restaurant, it assumes you are beyond the basics of general operations. It assumes your restaurant functions relatively well. It assumes your kitchen staff knows how...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2014

By Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President

Our great nation has a history of rugged individualism. Think of the exploration of Lewis and Clark, and the early settlement of the American West. There is also a history of collective action. From New England-style town halls, to World War II self-sacrifice for the greater good, Americans have had a history of rising to the occasion, ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

On February 20, the USDA released its preliminary analysis of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The contents of the initial announcement provide little in the way of useful information for our industry. However, 2014 is certain to be a year of significant statistical insights for the horticulture industry. In May, the full Census will be made available. Later in the year, an update to “The Econom...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

Chances are, you’ve heard the saying that having multiple minds working on a problem is better than one. It only makes sense. Individually, we can only bring to the table our singular experiences, knowledge, and world view. Rather like the game of Pong, we toss an idea back and forth to ourselves in a one-dimensional exercise.

On the other hand, when we collaborate, discussions be...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

AmericanHort was an invited presenter at the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, headlined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Forum is a two-day annual event that examines issues and trends in various agricultural sectors. Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort’s senior vice president for industry advocacy and research, addressed the Forum on the topic of horticultural industry partnerships to pre...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

Congress needs to hear from H-2B users about the importance of the H-2B program. Users of the only legal visa program for seasonal, non-agricultural workers continue to have issues with onerous H-2B wage regulations and processing delays. And now, for the first time since the economic downturn, users face the potential of the H-2B visa cap being hit and many small and seasonal businesses being ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

Despite mounting evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides (e.g. clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam) are not a significant actor but more likely a bit player in the challenges facing pollinators, activist groups have continued and even expanded their efforts to ban the chemicals through picketing campaigns and working with elected officials who are sympathetic to their agenda. S...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

On February 20, EPA release proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that could make it more challenging for nursery and greenhouse growers and landscape companies to apply pesticides. The proposed regulation would do the following:

  • Increase the frequency of mandatory training for pesticide applicators from once every five years to annually;
  • Expand...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

AmericanHort and dozens of partner state and regional nursery and landscape associations joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and nearly 650 other business organizations on a letter urging the House of Representatives to act now to establish a modern immigration system worthy of a 21st Century A...

AmericanHort Contributor February 28 2014

On February 26, House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released his long-awaited draft legislation to overhaul the tax code. The nearly 1,000-page legislative draft is being billed as a major simplification of the tax code for both individuals and corporations. It would eli...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2014

WASHINGTON and COLUMBUS, OH – February 18, 2014 – The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and the New England Nursery Association (NENA) are pleased to announce the creation of the New England Nursery Association Industry Growth Fund, a new type of grant program through HRI. The Industry Growth Fund was formally created at a signing ceremony during New England Grows in Boston ear...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

The most common nutritional problems occur in greenhouse crops when the pH of the growing medium is outside the acceptable range of the crop. Plants only take up dissolved nutrients through their roots. Media pH drives the chemical reactions that determine whether a number of the essential plant nutrients are soluble and, therefore, available for root uptake, or insoluble, therefore unavailable...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Mark Twain once said, “It is not what we don't know that gets us in trouble, it is what we know for sure that just ain’t so.”  I don’t know the context within which he said that, but I bet it had something to do with people making incorrect assumptions about themselves and their businesses, and then making decisions based on those incorrect assumptions.

Are you who you think you ar...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Systemic insecticides are substances that when applied to a plant are absorbed and translocated into other plant parts through the sap stream, thus rendering untreated areas insecticidal or toxic to certain insects. The problems associated with obtaining sufficient plant coverage for regulation of certain insect pest populations with contact insecticides may be simplified by the use of systemic...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Recently, a business owner for many years called me and said he hadn’t return my calls or emails because he didn’t have time; he said he suffered from "the tyranny of the urgent.” I could hear the frustration in his voice. He said he was buried in paperwork, unreturned phone calls, emails, employee problems, unbilled customers, and past-due proposals. Yikes!

In my 30 years operatin...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

1. Clean up Those Store Windows

Your store windows should be clean and neat. Consumers should be able to see into the interior of the store while walking or driving by. That means posters, signs, outdated stickers, and promotional flyers that are blocking the view should be removed. Too many signs of any kind cause front-window clutter. Consumers ignore this type o...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

As an independent retail store owner you have to wear LOTS of hats - including Chief Marketing Officer. Check to see if you might be making one of these common retail marketing mistakes.

#1. Your Marketing is “All About Me”

If had to pick the most common (and most deadly) retail marketing mistake, this would be it. Everyone thinks that their products, t...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

If you haven’t heard of Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) before, you’ll likely be hearing a lot about it this year. RRD has emerged as a major disease of roses and threatens to significantly impact the garden rose segment of the industry in the United States. Recent work by USDA-ARS scientists has shown it to be caused by a virus, which is vectored by an eriophyid mite. The pathogen typically causes ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

When communicating with your co-workers, do you sometimes feel like you're each speaking a different language? Do you often wonder why people don't seem to "get" what you're saying, or why they always do the opposite of what you say? Are you tired of the bickering and infighting that stalls progress? If so, you're not alone. Communication at work can be tricky, but when you properly assess the ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

How did New Garden get started?

In 1977, Morris Newlin began New Garden Landscaping and Nursery as a residential design/build landscape and maintenance company, bringing with him his experience and inspiration from working in a backyard family nursery and his business degree from the University of Richmond. In 1979, the company opened a retail garden center, with an ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Advances in greenhouse growing media (substrates) continue to evolve to meet current day problems, needs, and trends. Growing media selection and performance remain one of the most important factors in horticultural crop production. The Horticultural Substrates Laboratory (HSL) at North Carolina State University (NCSU) has been working on soils and growing media-related issues since 1980, and a...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Landscape problems come in different shapes and sizes: insects sucking, chewing, cutting, tunneling (e.g. leafminers), skeletonizing, boring, and webbing; diseases of spots, rots, and blights...oh my! And let’s not forget about the annual or perennial weeds in landscapes. Before you start thinking, “What chemical should I use,” let’s rewind to the plant selection stage in landscapes, when we co...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

The mission of Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of AmericanHort, is “to direct, fund, promote, and communicate horticultural research, which increases the quality and value of plants, improves the productivity and profitability of the nursery and landscape industry, and protects and enhances the environment.” Supported by HRI, USDA-Agricultural Research...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Before answering the question posed in this article’s title, ask yourself if you routinely use floral preservatives in your floral shop. Despite overwhelming evidence that using floral preservatives prolongs the vase life of fresh flowers, a surprising number of florists do not use preservatives as a matter of standard practice. So we wondered: do consumers value floral preservative use? Do th...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Introduction

Achieving good productivity is the foundation of any profitable business venture, and plant growing is no exception. Productivity reflects the efficiency in use of resources such as space (land), labor, and capital to produce an acceptable crop. Productivity in a nursery or greenhouse business may change over time as assets become aged and worn out, as t...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

It’s late October, and it has been raining for days. Retailers in your market area are discounting inventory in a desperate attempt to attract customers. Suddenly, dozens of cars enter your parking lot every hour, each filled with enthusiastic gardeners and non-gardeners who are ready to plant up your leftover bulbs into containers, and are willing to pay full margin. By day’s end, 150 people h...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

Many commercial office buildings, health care facilities, schools, and homes are green certified by the USGBC LEED program or the Energy Star program, and many more are in the process of becoming certified. Building owners and managers are very proud of this accomplishment, and rightly so. It takes a lot of time and money for a building to become green certified and start to reap the rewards of...

AmericanHort Contributor February 16 2014

It was 1972 and Southwest Airlines was in dire straits. Financial requirements were forcing them to “downsize” their equipment inventory. They had to sell one of their four planes. Reading the writing on the wall, their employees jumped at the challenge. Instead of “woe is me, I am about to be laid off,” their idea was, “Let’s continue to operate with three airplanes like we had four.” To do th...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

On February 12, President Obama issued an executive order that would raise the minimum wage for federal contractors and subcontractors. Starting in 2015, businesses with new or renewed federal contracts will have to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour, a significant increase over federal minimum wage of $7.25. The new $10.10 hourly minimum wage will be indexed to inflation after the first year...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

During the week of February 24, the House of Representatives may consider a host of regulatory reform bills. The House could consider as many as 12 bills related to regulatory analysis, “sue and settle” lawsuits, unfunded mandates, and private property rights. During this week, Republican leaders plan to promote these bills as a means of stopping government abuse. Some of the bills that may be ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

EPA’s long awaited revised agricultural worker protection standards will be released soon, according to Administrator Gina McCarthy. McCarthy said the proposed rules have almost completed interagency review, which began in October, and will be released “very shortly.” The proposed rule will update the agency’s 1992 Agricultural Worker Protection Standards, which cover greenhouse, nursery and Ch...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

At the end of January, House Republicans headed 100 miles out of Washington for a retreat. A focal point was what to do on immigration reform. Speaker John Boehner unveiled a set of “standards” or principles intended to frame a GOP vision for reform. The standards covered border security, interior enforcement, needs of the economy, and other aspects. The specific challenges confronting the agri...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

A Farm Bill is typically passed by Congress and signed into law every five years or so, but this one, formally known as the Agricultural Act of 2014, took a fair bit longer – nearly two years longer – and required a lot of heavy lifting. However, with its recent passage through Congress and the President’s signature on February 7, the battles are behind us and it is time to look at the accompli...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

On February 10, the IRS released its final regulations on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, also known as the employer shared responsibility provision. The announcement surprised many by including another delay in when businesses with fewer than 100 employees will be required to meet their employer mandate obligations. If you recall, the mandate is required for b...

AmericanHort Contributor February 15 2014

Nursery growers and turfgrass sod farms operate under a somewhat byzantine set of tax rules, many of which date back nearly 100 years and are quite specific in their application to these types of farming operations. Given the many challenges inherent in valuing and capitalizing growing inventory, many growers opt to use the cash method of accounting, rather than accrual, and in doing so, are no...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2014

This year's Forum will be held in Winnipeg, Canada on May 14th and 15th. The first day will consist of research and station updates that will allow attendees to update the group on recent advances, challenges, and opportunities in their research, teaching, extension, or businesses.

The following day will offer an immersion in the sphagnum peat industry through a tour highlighting ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2014

AmericanHort joined lead partners the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) and Longwood Gardens in urging the national horticultural industry's support for a new project study and promoting the perceived value of horticulture in the United States. The project proposal states, "We are concerned that, for those aware of horticulture, the perception is increasingly negative, while muc...

AmericanHort Contributor January 30 2014

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) has announced it will grant $400,000 in financial support for 16 new projects that investigate solutions in the areas of horticultural production, pest management, environmental stewardship, and business and marketing.

“The depth and breadth of the horticulture industry demands robust and diverse research of the best quality,&rdquo...

AmericanHort Contributor January 30 2014

While AmericanHort’s farm bill agenda is mostly focused on the Horticulture title of the bill, many other areas of the farm bill touch on our industry. The result is a mixed bag of helpful and not-so-helpful policies.

Sadly, language stating that water pollution, or NPDES, permits are not required for pesticide applications was not included in the final version of the bill. Grower...

AmericanHort Contributor January 30 2014

On January 29 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) with a strong bipartisan vote of 251-166. We expect the Senate to hold its “up or down” vote in the coming days – perhaps by the time you’ve read this – and for the President to sign it into law soon thereafter.

Initial attempts to pass a new Farm Bill began in 2012 but were thwarted multiple ti...

AmericanHort Contributor January 30 2014

In the longest State of the Union speech of his presidency, Barack Obama called for a “year of action” on legislative priorities ranging from increasing the minimum wage to reforming the nation’s “broken” immigration system. Yet the threat was made clear: without bipartisan cooperation on such priorities, Obama will use his own executive powers to achieve what he can. To back up the threat, he ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 17 2014

The second session of the 113th Congress is now underway. Soon enough, most attention will turn to the November 4 elections. The midterm elections will decide the fate of all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and one-third of the 100 U.S. Senate seats also will be up for grabs. For the next few months, the legislative process will grind along. Bipartisan cooperation on an omnibu...

AmericanHort Contributor January 17 2014

On January 15th the Florida Division of Plant Industry confirmed the presence of rose rosette virus in three Florida counties (Gadsden, Alachua, and Levy). The discoveries were made in late 2013 through initial recognition of disease symptoms and confirmed through molecular analysis.

Rose Rosette Disease is a virus that is vectored by an eriophyid mite (Phyllocoptes fructiphylus...

AmericanHort Contributor January 17 2014

H-2B is the temporary non-farm visa program many green industry employers turn to when they cannot recruit sufficient American workers for seasonal jobs. AmericanHort (previously as ANLA) has been lobbying for the past few years to prevent the Department of Labor from implementing a final rule on H-2B wages that was issued in 2011. Congress has prohibited that rule from going into effect for th...

AmericanHort Contributor January 17 2014

Last spring USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) began implementing its “Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis (NAPPRA”) rule. This is a regulation that had been in the works for over three years and was supposed to be enforced alongside a new permitting program called Controlled Import Permits (CIPs). The intention of NAPPRA is to formally prohibit plant taxa from entr...

AmericanHort Contributor January 17 2014

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and AmericanHort have formalized a strategic alliance to support and promote research benefiting all horticulture industries. The collaboration will accelerate research efforts in the areas of industry survival issues, sustainability, marketing, and technology.

“The partnership with AmericanHort is an important component of HRI&rsq...

AmericanHort Contributor January 03 2014

Neonicotinoid insecticides, such as clothianidin and imidacloprid, are important tools in defending trees, shrubs, and plants against destructive invasive species like the Japanese beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. They are effective in dealing with often chemical-resistant whitefly species. In some cases, neonicotinoids are approved regulatory treatments for certifica...

AmericanHort Contributor January 03 2014

The AmericanHort industry advocacy team has been working side by side with Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance colleagues for nearly four years to sustain, grow, and strengthen industry involvement in the specialty crop programs funded through the Farm Bill. Programs like the Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG), Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), Pest and Disease Management (previously Sec...

AmericanHort Contributor January 03 2014

The H-2B program is making news almost daily, and not much of it is good. For background, H-2B is the federal visa program that allows employers with seasonal or peak-load non-agricultural job needs to bring in foreign workers when enough U.S. workers cannot be found. As is the case with the agricultural program, H-2A, an employer must make application to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 03 2014

A minimum wage debate may be coming to Washington and many states. As recently reported in the New York Times and elsewhere, Democratic Party leaders see the issue as one that energizes key elements of their base and stirs populist appeal at a time many Democrats are looking for ways to blunt GOP criticism centered on the rocky launch of the Affordable Care Act. The federal minimum wage,...

AmericanHort Contributor December 18 2013

Last week ANLA, in collaboration with SAF, submitted comments to the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) regarding their recent Notice of Intent (NOI2013-01) called, “Action to Protect Bees from Exposure to Neonicotinoid Pesticides.” The steps described would apply to soybean and corn production areas but could be easily applied more broadly.

Regulatory agencies, bot...

AmericanHort Contributor December 18 2013

Working ANLA’s agenda on Capitol Hill takes legislative champions.  And, legislative champions need the resources to fund their campaigns. It’s that simple. 

  For many years, the ANLA-Political Action Committee has provided campaign support to key champions and friends in the U.S. Congress.  ANLA-PAC has been a sharp hoe in the garden shed as we have cultivated the relationships ne...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

On December 2, 2013, the Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (“BALCA”) ruled that DOL’s H-2B prevailing wage regulation does not allow DOL to raise prevailing wage rates mid-season. The long-awaited ruling came in Island Holdings, No. 2013-PWD-00002.

Island Holdings brings a little regulatory certainty to the H-2B Program. It establishes that DOL may...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

Today, you can show support for the causes you care about. Your contributions have already helped make HRI the leading horticultural research foundation/endowment in the nation.

Your gift of $250, $500, $1,000 or $5,000 today can make all the difference--in advancing research on industry issues that impact you today, and those that will impact the industry for a generatio...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

In your business, the term "strategic" comes up now and again. Probably a lot. For good reason - strategy is critical. Strategy, good or bad, plays an enormous role in the future of your company.

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of ANLA/AmericanHort, should be the first green industry organization you turn to for solutions to problems. ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

The APHIS Plants for Planting Manual has been updated, 12/2013-24, to add Gaultheria procumbens to the list of those plant species that are regulated to prevent the spread and dissemination of Phytophthora ramorum. Federal Order DA-2013-41. Seeds are not incl...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary and Chief Scientist, requested feedback from ANLA and HRI regarding a draft version of their Research, Education and Economics (REE) Action Plan. The Action Plan attempts to lay out the REE’s highest priority goals and the steps necessary to achieve those goals through four USDA agencies: Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute of...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

In late November Administrator Kevin Shea, the head of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and his Deputy Administrator, Osama El-Lissy, met with ANLA and SAF representatives to discuss immediate and long-term challenges facing the industry and share with us how their budget challenges could serve as an opportunity for closer interaction. Also participating in the three-h...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has announced the hiring of Rebecca (Becky) Tallent as his new immigration advisor. Tallent formerly served as Sen. John McCain’s chief of staff, and most recently was immigration policy director for the Bipartisan Policy Center. Most immigration experts viewed the announcement as a positive sign. “Becky is well-grounded with respect to immigration policy and p...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

The prospects for a new Farm Bill wax and wane on a daily basis on Capitol Hill. In early November the message from the conference committee was one of optimism and anticipation of a compromise report before Thanksgiving. In the first days of December, with Thanksgiving in the review mirror and no conference report on the horizon, many Washington lobbyists began discussing the prospects of a lo...

AmericanHort Contributor December 10 2013

In a victory for the H-2B community, on December 3, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Bureau of Alien Labor Certifications Appeals (BALCA) ruled in favor of an employer who appealed a mid-season prevailing wage determination set under DOL’s interim final H-2B wage rule.

In the appeal decision, BALCA ruled that, “The Department’s H-2B regulations do not require an employer to incre...

AmericanHort Contributor December 04 2013

USDA Under Secretary and Chief Scientist Dr. Catherine Woteki requested feedback from national stakeholders, including ANLA and HRI, regarding a draft version of their Research, Education and Economics (REE) Action Plan. The Action Plan attempts to lay out the REE’s highest priority goals and the steps necessary to achieve those goals through four USDA agencies; Agricultural Research Serv...

AmericanHort Contributor December 04 2013

In late November USDA-APHIS confirmed the discovery of citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), in Mission, Texas. The samples were collected in September during a citrus survey as part of the Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP).

APHIS, the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Citrus Industry are working in collaboration to survey and delimit the impacted region. The T...

AmericanHort Contributor November 27 2013

Last week representatives from ANLA and SAF sat down with the USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) leadership, including APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and Deputy Administrator Osama El-Lissy, to discuss industry and agency challenges and find new ways to efficiently tackle them. Industry members participating included Mike Klopmeyer, Ph.D., of Ball Horticultural Company, Wes...

AmericanHort Contributor November 27 2013

Mixed messages out of Washington are nothing new. Still, House Speaker John Boehner’s comments on immigration reform two weeks ago were widely interpreted as “it’s dead.” Then last week, Boehner himself in an interview said “it is absolutely not dead.” Over the weekend, prominent rising House Republican star Rep. Paul Ryan (WI) drilled down, insisting in an interview that the House will act, ...

AmericanHort Contributor November 20 2013

AmericanHort Contributor November 20 2013

The National Clean Plant Network is a Farm Bill funded program which in 2008 provided $20 million over the course of four years towards supporting nineteen centers in fifteen states to “clean” berry, hops, grape and fruit tree crops of any associated pest and pathogens. While there has been a general appreciation of the value in the federal investment, the first economic study evaluating the ac...

AmericanHort Contributor November 20 2013

On November 8, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register titled Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses. OSHA’s proposed rule would amend its recordkeeping regulations to add requirements for the electronic submission of injury and illness information employers are already required to keep under OSHA’s regulati...

AmericanHort Contributor November 20 2013

There is talk of bring a minimum wage increase bill to the floor in the Senate. What is less clear is whether or not Republicans will simply gird to fight it, or work to amend it. There is a lot of talk about adding amendments to the bill from both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. Possible amendments range from provisions to renew expiring tax “extenders” to efforts to postpo...

AmericanHort Contributor November 20 2013

ANLA and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), ANLA’s research affiliate, are excited to announce the hiring of the staff team that will provide leadership to the organizations’ research efforts on behalf of the horticulture industry. Dr. Joseph Albano joins the team as research director. Albano comes to ANLA and HRI from the USDA-ARS Horticultural Research Laboratory (USHRL) ...

AmericanHort Contributor November 18 2013

This Journal of Environmental Horticulture article is reproduced with the consent of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI – www.hriresearch.org), which was established in 1962 as the research and development affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA – http://www.anla.org). HRI’s Mission: To direct, fund, promote and communicate h...

AmericanHort Contributor November 11 2013

This Journal of Environmental Horticulture article is reproduced with the consent of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI – www.hriresearch.org), which was established in 1962 as the research and development affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA – http://www.anla.org). HRI’s Mission: To direct, fund, promote and communicate h...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

ANLA’s Political Action Committee provides campaign financial support to candidates for federal office that support our industry’s legislative priorities. In recent weeks, ANLA-PAC has provided timely support to House Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the third-ranking member of House leadership. On November 4, ANLA-PAC and the Oregon Association ...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

Dr. Joseph Albano joins the ANLA staff team in November 2013, to direct research programs for the ANLA and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). Joseph comes to ANLA and HRI from the USDA-ARS-U.S. Horticultural Research Laboratory (USHRL) located in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he has served as Research Horticulturist for over 14 years. He brings an impressive record of accomplishment...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

Early in 2013, the Republican Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp (MI), and the Democrat Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Max Baucus (MT), committed to moving forward parallel bills to tackle tax code reform this year. However, budget and debt limit battles persisted throughout the year, culminating in more than two weeks of government closure in early October whi...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

On October 30th the Farm Bill Conference Committee held their first public hearing about the conference process. Nearly all of the forty-one conferees provided opening statements highlighting their priorities and concerns but the general theme was one of optimism and the need to see the process through to law.

  The big obstacles to agreement remain the substantial spending differe...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

A new study and paper released by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) find that immigration reform would bring significant positive impacts to the U.S. economy by growing the labor force, jumpstarting new residential housing construction and reducing deficits in the long-term. The analysis,

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

On Tuesday, ANLA members joined an estimated 600 business, agricultural, faith, and other leaders who stormed Capitol Hill to discuss the urgent need for Congress to act on immigration reform. They were joined by a wide array of industries and pro-immigration groups urging the U.S. House to move immigration reform legislation this fall (meaning, between now and December 21).

Other ...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

Last April the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that a nursery in Nova Scotia was found to be positive for Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma, often referred to as APP (see ANLA’s April article). This was the first report of APP in North America. Traceback inform...

AmericanHort Contributor November 06 2013

Nursery and landscape professionals share common interest with foresters and environmentalists when it comes to preventing, detecting, and rapidly responding to new invasive forest pest introductions. Some of the most damaging pests of forest and landscape trees, like emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, are relatively recent arrivals that hitchhiked to North America on wood packaging...

AmericanHort Contributor October 30 2013

Despite promises from Rep. Camp (R-MI) and Sen. Baucus (D-MT), chairmen of their respective House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over the tax code, the window for reform in 2013 is quickly closing. With only sixteen in-session days left on the U.S. House of Representatives calendar a big and complicated bill tackling the tax code appears to be a long shot.

The loss of mom...

AmericanHort Contributor October 23 2013

On October 28 and 29, several hundred Americans representing business, agriculture, faith, and law enforcement perspectives will be in the Nation’s Capital to press Congress to move legislation to modernize America’s immigration system this year.  As reported in USA Today,...

AmericanHort Contributor October 23 2013

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (The Alliance), of which ANLA is an active member, submitted a letter to the House and Senate Farm Bill conferees identifying specialty crop priorities that should be supported during negotiations. Issues ANLA has often led on and, which are specified in the letter, include programs like Plant Pest and Disease Mitigation and Prevention, National Clean Plant...

AmericanHort Contributor October 23 2013

The fiscal stalemate and 16-day federal government partial shutdown have come and gone. Yet the all-too-familiar resolution has been to kick both cans – funding the federal government, and adjusting the federal borrowing limit or debt ceiling – down the road. The resolution, which passed 81 – 18 in the Senate and 285 to 144 in the House (but with only 87 Republican votes) funds the government u...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

We like to refer to the nursery and landscape industry along with all other horticulture professionals as the “Green” industry. The ornamental plants that we produce go into landscapes and help to improve the quality of life and esthetics in an area while providing ecosystem services like cooling of structures to reduce energy consumption. But, how green are we? There are many produ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association completes five-year research endowment of $25,000 to fund Horticultural Research Institute-sponsored research.

By David Kuack

Members of the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association believe in funding industry research. The association recently submitted a check for $5,995 to the Horticultural Rese...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC — February 15, 2013 — Dan Batson owner of GreenForest Nursery in Perkinton, Miss., was recognized for his leadership service with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) during HRI’s winter reception. Batson was appointed to the HRI Board of Trustees in January 2005 and was nominated to the HRI Executive Committee in 2007. Batson was president of HRI i...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - February 13, 2013 - The Horticultural Research Institute announces the appointment of the 2013 Executive Committee and new HRI Board of Trustees. The HRI Board of Trustees appointed the following individuals to the 2013 HRI Executive Committee:

  • President: Bob Couch, nursery sales manager at The Dayton Bag & Burlap Co., Dayton, OH
  • President-elec...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - February 12, 2013 - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) awarded $306,000 to twelve research projects and seven student scholarships for 2013.

2013 Research Grants and Student Scholarship

Scholarships to be awarded in the Fall 2013

$4,000-Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship
$3,000-Timoth...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Over the last several years, the Horticultural Research Institute, Inc. USDA-ARS, and Land Grant Universities, along with Nursery and Greenhouse cooperators have directed considerable resources toward research and development of alternative container substrates. The following

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The Color of Marketing research project will help determine what consumers focus on and how long they focus on it when looking at retail plant displays.

By David Kuack

If consumers were willing to pay a 20-30 percent premium for plants based on how they were produced, would you be willing to change your growing practices? The Color of Marketing research project, whi...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

A web-based education program allows garden center employees to learn at their own pace and when time is available.

By David Kuack

I...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Ornamental plants are being studied for their potential to produce essential oils that can be used to kill or deter insect pests, disease pathogens and weeds.

By David Kuack

While many trees, shrubs and flowers are grown primarily for their ornamental value, some of these plants have the potential to produce biopesticides. As pressure continues to be put on ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute has partnered with USDA to develop a process for converting poultry feathers into biodegradable resins for use in commercial and consumer products including growing containers.

By David Kuack

The poultry and egg industry contributes about $265.7 billion to the U.S. economy, which is just over 1.7 percent of the gross dome...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – November 19, 2012— The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) awarded the 2012 Muggets Scholarship of $2,500 to senior, Justin Menke of the University of Kentucky. Menke is majoring in landscape architecture.

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – November 19, 2012— The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) awarded the 2012 Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship of $3,000 to Renee LaGue. LaGue is a graduate student at the Conway School of Landscape Design and resident of Montague, Mass.

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - November 19, 2012-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) awarded the 2012 Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship of $2,000 to Allison Jones of Michigan State University, graduate student. Jones graduated from college with Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from the Michigan State University. Currently, she is studying to receive her Master of Science in horticultu...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – November 19, 2012 -The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), has awarded the 2012 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $2,000 each to Leah Comerci and Stephanie Marino.

The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS). This scholarship serves to me...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Bill D. Wells Jr. is set to embark on an African adventure. He leaves June 23 to tour savannahs and preserves shooting exotic animals with his trusty camera. “Who knows. Maybe I’ll get a picture of one of them eating me alive. Wouldn’t that be exciting?” Wells said.

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The United States Senate appears ready later this week to take up the 2012 Farm Bill, known officially as S. 3240, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act. Senate Agriculture Committee chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) expects the process could take two to three weeks. While there is significant bipartisan support for the bill, it has its detractors. Fiscal hawks believe that the $23 bi...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

On May 24, the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the projects that will be funded under Section 10201 of the Farm Bill. This section focuses on pest and disease prevention, detection, and rapid response and was allotted $50 million dollars by the U.S. Congress for 2012. Some significant priorities of the nursery and landscape industry are among the awardee...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (APHIS-USDA), the agency that oversees the granting of Section 10201 Farm Bill Funding, announced last week that they were awarding a group of researchers over $550,000 to work on the diagnostics, epidemiology, and treatment of Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum), as well as, Buxus breed...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill included an array of programs to stimulate new energy sources from biomass. They were well-intended, but in some cases they had serious unintended consequences. Take BCAP, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. Until the American Nursery & Landscape Association and like-minded organizations were able to intervene in the rulemaking process, the prog...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

A letter containing signatures of 44 senators (27 Democrats, 16 Republicans and 1 Independent) was delivered on May 15th to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to encourage them to push forward and begin floor debate of the Senate Farm Bill (Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012). The bill made it through the Committee on...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— As the House Agriculture Committee prepares to assemble its version of a new Farm Bill, the Horticulture and Nutrition subcommittee held a hearing on May 8 to review specialty crop programs of the last Farm Bill. The American Nursery & Landscape Association was invited to provide a witness, and Jerry Lee, Monrovia Growers (GA) testified on the industry’s an...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 1, 2012 — The deadlines for the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) competitive grants and student scholarship programs are fast approaching.  Research grant applications for FY 2013 are due on May 15. Student scholarship applications are due on May 30.

HRI is committed to support annual research efforts focused on the ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

A determined Senate Agriculture Committee had planned to take up a new Farm Bill today, but concerns from program crops like rice and cotton have led to a postponement. Committee chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Republican Pat Roberts (KS) have unveiled a draft bill that won’t please everyone, given the overarching funding constraints the Committee faces. That said, the ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

In an effort to spread the word and provide guidance regarding the control of the fungal pathogen Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum), the executive committee of the National Plant Board (NPB) voted last week to endorse two documents that encourage the use of an integrated approach to mitigate the risk of the disease. Boxwood Blight can cause defoliation and twig dieback o...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The fungal disease Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum), which can cause significant dieback and defoliation of Boxwood plants (Buxus spp.), was recently confirmed from a single nursery in Ohio. The nursery where the disease was discovered has taken steps to eradicate the pathogen and has said that no plants from the infected block were sold or moved offsite. This new state confir...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The IR-4 Project was established by Congress in 1963 to assist domestic growers of fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamentals and other specialty crops by facilitating through US EPA the registration of safe and effective technology to protect these high value crops from insects, plant diseases, weeds and other pests. In FY 2012, IR-4 was funded by Congress under USDA-NIFA Research and Extensio...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) are coordinating a group of industry leaders, the Boxwood Blight Working Group (BBWG), to identify the best management practices (BMPs) and research priorities to deal with Boxwood Blight in a proactive and rational manner. Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) is a disease that c...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has issued an Interim Rule which amends the plum pox regulations to all for the payment of compensation to eligible owners of non-fruit-bearing ornamental tree nurseries and to increase the amount of compensation that may be paid to eligible owners of commercial stone fruit orchards and fruit tree nurseries whose trees are required ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - December 01, 2011 -The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), has awarded the 2011 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $1,000 each to Chelsea Gusler and Joseph Rothleutner.

The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS). This scholarship serves to memo...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, DC - November 8, 2011-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) awarded the 2011 Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship of $1,500 to Jason Lattier of North Carolina State University, graduate student. Mr. Lattier graduated from college with Bachelor of Science degrees in botany and horticulture from North Carolina Statue University. Currently, he is studying to receive his Master...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC- November 2, 2011 -The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a generous $100,000 donation from the estate of Ernest Tosovsky of Home Nursery, Inc. Mr. Tosovsky was a life long resident of Edwardsville, Illinois where Home Nursery Inc. was founded in 1921. Mr. Tosovsky was one of the founding HRI supporters. He established t...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Research published in the Journal of Environmental Horticulture by Dr. Charles Hall, the current chairholder of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University, summarizes the peer-reviewed research regarding the economic benefits, environmental benefits (eco-systems services), and health/well-being benefits of green industry products and services that serv...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

USDA is moving to restrict 148 plant taxa due to concerns that the plants are quarantine pests, or hosts of quarantine pests. For more information, visit USDA&r...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— On July 13, a team of green industry business owners representing the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) came to Washington to explain to Congress that mandating E-Verify, without broader labor solutions, will cost jobs and damage the economy. The ANLA team, representing t...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - May 24, 2011 - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announced the 2011 HRI Golf Classic Tournament in conjunction with the Fairview Evergreen Nurseries, Inc 100th Anniversary Celebration to be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

HRI is proud to partner with Fairview Eve...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - April 14, 2011 - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announced that it is now accepting research applications for its FY 2012 competitive research grants program.

HRI is committed to support annual research efforts focused on the highest priority needs of the green industry. HRI strongly encourages collaborative research efforts and challenges scien...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. —The Horticultural Research Institute, the national non-profit research and development corporation for the nursery and landscape industry, has been granted the exclusive U.S. and Canadian license rights for the 2006 USDA U.S. Patent No. 7,066,995, entitled “Compositions and Films Comprised of Avian Feather Keratin.” Presentation of the licensing agreem...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

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Section 10201(d)(1) of the 2008 Farm Bill – H.R. 6124 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 directed the USDA Secretary of Agric...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — John F. Brailsford, Jr., of Orangeburg, SC, was recognized for his leadership service with the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) during HRI’s winter reception. Mr. Brailsford is the president of Shady Grove Plantation and Nursery Inc., which was established by John F. Brailsford, Sr. in 1939.

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute announces the appointment of the 2011 Executive Committee and new HRI Board of Trustees.

The following individuals were appointed to the 2011 HRI Executive Committee by the HRI Board of Trustees:
• President: Dan Batson, president of GreenForest Nursery Inc, Perkinston, MS.
• President-elec...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. —The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) has awarded $219,000 to eight research projects, one research conference and four student scholarships for 2011. HRI is committed to support annual research efforts focused on the highest priority needs of the green industry. HRI strongly encourages collaborative research efforts and challenges scientists to focus researc...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2010 Muggets Scholarship of $1,000 to Colorado State University sophomore, Daniel Buelow of Lafayette, Colorado.

An informal group called the Mugget Growers of America (MGA) began in 1981 as a social, educat...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2010 Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship of $1,500 to Emily Silverman, North Carolina State University senior.

Bright, well-trained and qualified people are essential to the nursery industry, which is the reaso...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2010 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarships in the sum of $1,000 each to Lucy Wang and Julia Kriz.

The Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship was established in 2002 by HRI and the Mid-Atlantic Nursery...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), recently awarded the 2010 Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship to Amanda Lilly of Salem, MA.

Lilly a second year graduate student at City College of New York received a $2,000 scholarship in support of her Mast...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

 ANLA credits strong industry response for Government Relations Win

Washington, D.C.— A final USDA rule is being published the week of October 25, 2010, in order to implement the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). The program, a component of the 2008 Farm Bill, seeks to encourage development of biomass sources from agriculture and forestry for energy generation....

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Last week, the Senate debated and passed a small business lending bill. While ANLA was disappointed that the measure did not include a full repeal of the Form 1099 health care mandate, the bill does contain numerous provisions of interest to small and green industry businesses. The bill is expected to become law in the days ahead, after the House passes an identical measure and President O...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

"Plastics from petroleum often stay around a couple hundred years; so why do you want a plastic that you use for a year to last a couple hundred years, make no sense, match the product with the use."
~Dr. Walter Schmidt, USDA-ARS scientist regarding the creation of a biodegradable horticultural nursery pot. 

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The time is right to check back over HRI’s 48-year history and mark some milestones. We’ll touch upon the evolution of HRI-supported research as we revisit the past four decades and the first ten years of our new century. By no means are these highlights the whole story, but they remind us what it means when we honor the “patience and perseverance that breed success in rese...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced the establishment of the Jack Harrell, Sr. Endowment Fund.

Richard Helpingstine of Harrell’s LLC established this fund in recognition of Jack Harrell Sr. Ormond Harrell started the family business in downtown La...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) granted $210,000 to eight research projects, one research conference and four student scholarships throughout the U.S. for 2010.

HRI is committed to support annual research efforts that focus on the priority needs of the green industry. HRI strongly encourages collaborative research efforts and strives to ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— George Bear, of Sherwood, OR, assumed the presidency of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) on January 27, 2009. Mr. Bear is the Area Manager for Simplot Agribusiness Professional Products Division’s Northwestern region.
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AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2009 Usrey Family Memorial Scholarship of $750 to Ms. Emily Duyst.

Usrey Family Scholarship Recipient Emily Duyst

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2009 Spring Meadow Scholarship of $1,250 to Mr. Sam Bookhardt.

Sam Bookhardt HRI's Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship Recipient 2009

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2009 Muggets Scholarship of $750 to Mr. Sam Bookhardt.

Sam bookhardt HRI Muggets Scholarship 2009

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2009 Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow. Jr. Scholarship of $1,750 to Benjamin Madeiras.

Benjamin Madeiras attended Martha’s Vineyard regional high school and continued his post secondary education at th...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2009 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 to Tristan Cleveland.

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The HRI and the USDA Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) current collaborative research project was recently the spotlight in the September 2009 issue of Agricultural Research magazine. This research project explores the use of biodegradable animal and plant by-products for the production of biodegradable nursery containers.

The article Feathers Can Be for More Than Pillow...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced the establishment of the South Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association (SCNLA) Fund of $25,000 during the summer reception in Washington, D.C. Executive Director, Donna Shealy Foster and President, Marge Rudisill represented SC...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) held a summer benefit event in support of HRI’s annual giving program. The reception showcased significant milestones in HRI’s effort to develop a sustainable, biodegradable plant container for the green industry. The event ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Nursery crop production is among the fastest growing agricultural sectors. Currently, about 60% of US nursery acreage is in container production. This industry represents a widely diverse set of production practices and plants: over 390 genera and more than 2000 species of ornamentals are grown in the U.S.

With the emphasis on sustainability in businesses and communities, the ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Research published in the March issue of HRI's Journal of Environmental Horticulture identified systemic insecticides that controlled leafhopper damage.

Evaluation of Systemic Insecticides for Potato Leafhopper Control in Field-Grown Red Maple. J.B. Oliver, D.C. Fare, N. Youssef, M.A. Halcomb, M.E. Reding, and C.M. Ranger. Journal of Environmental H...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Research published in the March issue of HRI's Journal of Environmental Horticulture shows upgrading home landscaping does increase property value.

Impacts of the quality of landscaping and percentage of tree cover on home prices were estimated from a sample of 75 home sales within the Melonie Park neighborhood in Lubbock, TX, from 2003 to 2005. Estimates were deriv...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced that it is now accepting research applications for its FY2010 competitive research grants program. HRI strives to fund research that benefits green industry related issues. HRI-supported projects focus on significant problems, re...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— John F. Brailsford, Jr., of Orangeburg, SC, assumed the presidency of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) on January 27, 2009. Mr. Brailsford is the president of Shady Grove Plantation and Nursery Inc., which was established by John F. Brailsford, Sr. in 1939. “HRI is in the midst of repositioning itself as driving, not just funding, the research agen...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— The Horticultural Research Institute has launched their new website, www.HRIresearch.org. This was the result of a strategic initiative, adopted in 2008 by HRI’s Board of Trustees, to increase the organization’s communication efforts. The new website is an important tool to achieve their goal ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013


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AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and the Horticultural Research Institute Endowment Fund (HRIEF) have merged into a new 501c(3) organization—the Horticultural Research Institute, Inc. (the “new HRI”). The merger proposal was presented to the HRI Board of Trustees meeting held in January 2008. The HRI/HRIEF merger was approv...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) granted $200,000 to nine research projects and five student scholarships throughout the U.S. for 2009. Key considerations used by the HRI Executive Committee in determining funding levels and research grants were: the economic conditions impacting HRI's investment income, the green industry economic outlook, and the genera...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

An outline of HRI’s “Chicken feather in every nursery container” research project with the USDA Agricultural Research Service was presented to green industry members in November 2008. Lead researchers, Dr. Masud S. Huda of HRI and Dr. Walter Schmidt, an ARS research scientist at in the Environmental Management and By-Products Utilization Laboratory at the Henry A. Wallace A...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Your contribution to HRI will support priority research at leading institutions around the country. HRI supports tailored research that helps green industry members tackle issues with an eye on definable outcomes and a return on investment for the nursery and landscape industry. This year, all donors of $250 or more to the HRI General Fund or Emerging Issues Fund will receive the second limi...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Special to the American Nurseryman Magazine
Decemember 2, 2008
Published in the January 2009 American Nurseryman Magazine

Written By: Marc Teffeau

The ancient curse “may you live in interesting times” definitely applies to the current economic situation that the nursery industry faces here in the U.S. The entire spectrum of the industry...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2008 Usrey Family Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 to Ms. Amanda Rosa.

Ms. Rosa is a senior at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Louis Obispo. She is majoring in Environmental Horticulture Sci...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2008 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship of $4,000 to Mr. Gerrit Shuffstall.

Mr. Shuffstall is a full time graduate student of Landscape Architecture at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD. His interests...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2008 Spring Meadow Scholarship of $2,500 to Mr. Ryan N. Contreras.

Mr. Contreras is a graduate student at the University of Georgia where he is majoring in horticulture. He received his undergraduate degree in hort...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2008 Muggets Scholarship of $1,500 to Ms. Kaythryn Sanford.

An informal group called the Mugget Growers of America (MGA) began in 1981 as a social, educational and fundraising group. Each year MGA participants meet...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.- The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2008 Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow. Jr. Scholarship of $2,500 to Ms. Kayla Harrison.

Ms. Kayla Harrison is a senior horticultural student at the University of Rhode Island. She is an active member of the National...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

by Dr. Ken Eastwell, Associate Professor, Plant Pathology, Washington State University Irrigated Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Prosser, Washington The value of nut and fruit bearing trees from nurseries sold to customers outside of the U.S. now exceeds $24 million annually, with Canada and Mexico representing the largest trading partners. The international marketplace depends on p...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

HRI funded the following research conducted in 2006 and 2007 by Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer of the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. HRI support to date has totaled $32,000. The research results indicate that dispersible formulations have great potential for disrupting mating of the oriental beetle. Research results also show promise for applying the methods in ot...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

At the winter reception in Chicago, Charles Tosovsky of Home Nursery, Inc., Edwardsville, IL, announced establishment of the Home Nursery, Inc.—Chuck & Jean Tosovsky Family Fund, with a donation of $50,000 to HRI. Home Nursery is an award winning leader in producing field and container grown nursery stock and roses. Founded in 1921, it continues to be a family owned and operated busin...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced the establishment of the Home Nursery, Inc.-Chuck & Jean Tosovsky Family Fund. Charles Tosovsky of Home Nursery, Inc Edwardsvill...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that it is now accepting research applications for its FY2009 competitive research grants program. HRI strives ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Green industry practitioners who support HRI understand the importance and value of quality research. The HRI grants program is both highly competitive and geared to practical outcomes . What HRI hopes to uncover and explore are new practices and solutions that will work in our businesses. For the last few years, HRI has funded $57,000 in support of Phytophthora detection Dr. Michael Coffey of ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

HRI’s “Chicken feather in every nursery container” research project with the USDA Agricultural Research Service took another step forward in 2007 with the hiring of a Post-Doctoral researcher to support the development effort. Following a national search, HRI hired Dr. Masud S. Huda to work with Dr. Walter Schmidt, ARS research scientist at in the Environmental Management and ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC -The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) granted $425,000 to research endeavors throughout the U.S. for 2008. The selected research projects for the year focus on industry priority issues resulting in problem-solving solutions and techniques. HRI continues efforts to broaden research activities through continued collaboration with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (AR...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

HRI’s “Chicken feather in every nursery container” research project with the USDA Agricultural Research Service took another step forward recently with the hiring of a Post-Doctoral researcher to support the development effort. Following a national search, HRI has hired Dr. Masud S. Huda to work with Dr. Walter Schmidt, ARS research scientist at in the Environmental Management and By-Products U...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Evaluation of USDA-APHIS-PPQ Bifenthrin Band Treatment Protocols for Management of Hybrid Imported Fire Ant in Tennessee Field Nursery Stock Jason B. Oliver, Shannon James, Sam Ochieng, Nadeer N. Youssef, Karen Vail, Mark A. Halcomb, Tahir Rashid, James P. Parkman, Walker G. Haun, and Anne-Marie Callcott Tennessee State University, Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research, Otis L. F...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association has donated $68,000 directly to HRI’s Emerging Issues and Technology Projects Fund, in support of its current project involving the creation of biodegradable nursery containers. Alan Jones, ANLA Maryland senator of Manor View Farm Inc, Monkton, MD, and Vanessa Finney, executive director of MNLA, announced the donation during HRI’s sum...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

James McBratney is president and general manager of Sylvan Nursery, Inc. (Westport, MA), a 200-plus acre horticultural distribution center in southeastern Massachusetts. Jim describes his staff of 115 as “the best people in the business, from all walks of life.” “As with most companies, our biggest challenge is communication within the system. It’s tough keeping all part...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2007 Timothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to Kelly Jarvis of Exeter, RI.

Kelly Jarvis is a senior at the University of Rhode Island where she is studying Environmental Hort...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2007 -Spring Meadow Nursery Scholarship of $2,000 to Warner Orozco-Obando.

Warner Orozco-Obando attends Auburn University in Auburn, AL where he is enrolled in the Horticultural Doctoral program. His interest in ho...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.- The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2007 - Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship of $2,000 to Thomas N. Saunders, Jr. of Piney River, VA.

Thomas Saunders, Jr. is a senior at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2007 - $1,500 Usrey Family Scholarship to Colin S. McKim of Escondido, CA.

Colin McKim is a sophomore at California Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo, CA. He is majoring in Environmental Horticultura...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The American Nursery & Landscape Association's (ANLA) Research arm, the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announces that the Maryland Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) has made a donation of $68,000 to HRI's Emerging Issues and Technology Projects Fund in support of its current project involving the creation of biodegradable nursery containers. Imagi...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced that the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, Inc. (MANTS) has moved the Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship Fund from HRI's $50,000 Silver Circle to the $100,000 Gold Circle with a donation made during HRI's summer reception...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that Dale Deppe, President of Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, MI made a donation to HRI's endowment fund of $50,000 in honor of HRI's fundraiser, Trek de Hort. The trek took place this summer when ANLA's Executive Vice Presid...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Written By:Joseph Albano, USDA/ARS Introduction Ornamental production often occurs in areas where urban communities, agriculture, and sensitive ecosystems are in close proximity to each other. Due to these geographical constraints, increasing demands on portable water supplies, and the Total Maximum Daily Load Process enforced by regulatory agencies, the need to use water and nutrients efficien...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

by Joseph Albano, USDA/ARS Introduction Ornamental production often occurs in areas where urban communities, agriculture, and sensitive ecosystems are in close proximity. Due to these geographical constraints, increasing demands on portable water supplies, and the Total Maximum Daily Load Process enforced by regulatory agencies, the need to use water and nutrients efficiently and to control the...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - Money Magazine, in its June issue, promotes the increase in home value and selling price that landscape improvements provide. The article quotes a Michigan State University study, funded by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), that found, "depending on where the house is located, high-quality landscaping adds 5 percent to 11 percent to its price." Also quoted...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

HRI has a unique opportunity for individuals who want to make a contribution to HRI, while honoring a person. HRI’s Very Important Partners (VIP) Fund allows individuals to make a donation on behalf of an individual who has contributed to their life and or business success. A VIP may be a spouse, parent, business associate, or even a pet. The possibilities are limitless. Three spontaneous...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Drs. Eugene K. Blythe and Jeff L. Sibley of Auburn University received an HRI grant of $3,000 in support of this 2006 research investigation. Objective: What nursery-related question did this research address? Can rooting of stem cuttings of woody ornamentals be enhanced by use a basal quick-dip in auxin solutions prepared with SCG compared to conventional liquid solutions? Does the pr...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Dr. Robert Wright of Virginia Tech received an HRI $15,000 grant in 2006 in support of this research. Objective: What nursery-related question did this research address? To investigate the potential of producing a wide variety woody nursery crops in a container substrate produced from loblolly pine wood. To evaluate wood chips produced from a wide range of tree species for use as potenti...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Dr. Nina Bassuk of Cornell University received an HRI grant of $15,000 in 2006 in support of this research. Objective: The research addressed the effect of container size, media type, insulation, and root hardiness on woody plant survival in above ground environments. Significance of research: What information or outcome did we gain from this research? The research addressed three maj...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announces HRI's latest adventure, the "Trek de Hort." This summer, ANLA's executive vice president, Bob Dolibois and his wife Susie will travel to Tanzania, Africa to spend their summer vacation trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. "Kili" is the tallest free-standing mountain rise in the world and the...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that donations were recently given honoring green industry professionals through HRI's Very Important Partners (VIP) Fund. The VIP Fund allows individuals and businesses to make donations on behalf of a person who ha...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that it is now accepting research applications for its FY2008 competitive research grants program. HRI strives to fund research that benefits green industry related issues. HRI-supported projects focus on significant pro...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced that the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) Board of Directors has agreed to increase their monetary pledge of $500,000 to $750,000 to HRI. Currently, the ONLA has $462,071 in the Ohio Research Endowment Fund,...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) Executive Committee considered 100 applications for research funding in 2007 and granted $350,000 to 24 projects and four scholarships. The committee selected research focusing on industry priority issues resulting in problem-solving solutions and techniques. The Executive Committee continues its efforts to grow the HRI Endowment Fun...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) received a pledge of $127,500 from the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN). HRI Executive Committee member George Bear of Apex Professional Products in Sherwood, OR made this announcement during the HRI reception in Chicago duri...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washigton, D.C.-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced it received a donation from Syngenta in Greensboro, NC, to move the Syngenta Professional Products Fund from the $25,000 Silver Circle to the $50,000 Gold Circle. Chuck Buffington, lawn and garden business strategy manager ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research arm of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), announced that Joanne Kostecky of Joanne Kostecky GARDEN DESIGN, Inc. in Allentown, PA has joined HRI's Heritage Circle. The Heritage Circle is comprised of members of the green industry that have made a bequest to HRI. During the H...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2006 - $2,000 Spring Meadow Scholarship to Skyler C. Westergard.

Westergard is enrolled at Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho. Westergard is majoring in Horticulture with an emphasis in Landscape Design/Build and...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2006 - $2,000 Usrey Family Scholarship to Susan Malisch.

Malisch of San Louis Obispo, CA will be a senior this fall at Cal Poly State University. She has majored in Environmental Horticultural Science with a minor ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2006 - $2,000 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship to Hannah Braycki.

Hannah Braycki of Lynchburg, VA enters her junior year this fall as a Landscape Horticulture major at the Unity College in Unity, ME. Braycki's ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2006 Timothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to Linda M. Justin.

Justin is a junior this fall at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI where she is majoring in Enviro...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Derr, J. F. and J. C. Neal. 2007. Control of new weed species in the nursery industry. Proc. Northeastern Weed Sci. Soc.61:32. Drs. Joseph Neal and Jeffrey Derr North Carolina State University and Virginia Tech respectively, have been awarded $10,000 in HRI grants to assist with their research investigation. Several new weed species have appeared in the nursery industry. Transport of nurser...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Dr. Tom Ranney of North Carolina State University has received two HRI research grants totaling $18,000 in support of his research for developing new nursery crops, including: 1. Select native Cornus florida for resistance to both mildew and anthracnose, and to develop other desirable interspecific hybrids (e.g., evergreen, red-bracted hybrids). 2. Breed new fragrant, evergreen, hardy (zone ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

IN 2006, Drs. Stuart Warren and Ted Bilderback of North Carolina State University received an $11,000 research grant from HRI in support of their research focused on reducing nutrient losses by decreasing the rate of fertilization, increasing water management efficiency, and implementing infrastructural changes to contain nursery runoff. To date, little research has focused on engineering soill...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to explore the use of biodegradable animal and plant by-products for the production of biodegradable nursery containers. The initia...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund, the research arm of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) announced it has created the $25,000 Silver Circle McKay Nursery Fund. McKay Executive Vice President and HRI Board of Trustee, Jerry Draeger, made the contribution during the HRI winter reception at the Mid-Atlantic Trade Show in Chicag...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the $1,000 2004 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship to Breanna Rau.

Breanna Rau is a junior horticulture and landscape architecture student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksb...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC – The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) received more than $276,000 in contributions to the HRI Endowment Fund during its reception held in Alexandria, VA at the historic River Farm. Green Industry members recognized family, friends and peers by making contributions to HRI’s Legacy Club and Very Important Partners (VIP) Funds.   ANLA’s Executive V...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, DC - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has convened a national working group to explore the role of nursery management practices in the battle to limit the spread of Phytophthora ramorum, the fungus-like pathogen associated with oak mortality and plant disease in parts of the coastal West. Th...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2005 Timothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to Meghan Gallagher.

Meghan Gallagher is a senior, this year, at the University of Rhode Island - Kingston, RI where she is ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association, has awarded the 2004 — $1,000 Usrey Family Scholarship to Peter Zendejas.

Peter Zendejas will be a senior at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona this fall. His major is in ornamental horticulture. During high schoo...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washigton, D.C.—The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund announces it received a pledge from Sylvan Nursery, Inc. in Westport, MA to move the Sylvan Nursery, Sylvia M.and Neil J. Van Sloun Fund from the $250,000 Diamond Circle to the $500,000 Emerald Circle. Jim McBratney of Sylvan Nursery announced the commitment by Sylvan Nursery and Neil Van Sloun during the HR...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. — The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2004 $1,500 Spring Meadow Scholarship to Michelle B. Janz.

Michelle Jantz is a resident of Drummond, OK and a senior at Oklahoma State University. She is a Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting Maj...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and the United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) have guided major new funding toward an innovative research project to find strategic solutions to the invasive plant problems many states are experiencing. With some calling for reactive restrictions like invasive plant bans,...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2004 $1,500 Spring Meadow Scholarship to Erin Alvarez.

Erin Alvarez is a resident of Gainesville, FL and a graduate student at the University of Florida where she studies environmental horticulture. Alvarez hopes t...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the $1,000 2004 Carville M. Akehurst Memorial Scholarship to Allison Cyrus.

Allison Cyrus is a junior horticulture student at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, VA. Cyrus is a lifelong ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2004- $1,000 Usrey Family Scholarship to Anna Rosa Villalobos.

Anna Rosa Villalobos is a senior at the California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Villalobos will complete her bachelor of science degr...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C. - The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), has awarded the 2004 Timothy Bigelow and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to María José Orofino.

María José Orofino is enrolled in the PhD. program in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at the Worc...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.— The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) continues its partnership with the Society of American Florists and the USDA Agricultural Research Service to focus federal research dollars on critical industry problems through the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI). In 2004, new FNRI dollars are flowing to support research on urgent emerging pest...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund has created the $30,000 Silver Circle Level - Ed and Betty Rosenthal Florikan Endowment Fund. Ed and Betty Rosenthal have established this fund as a way to "give back" to the industry they love. The fund was established to improve the marketing of environmentally friendlier horticulture and research tha...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research division of the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA), and its Endowment Fund recently announced it received the following endowment funds at HRI's Donor and Member Recognition Reception during the Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show in Chicago. The following endowment funds were recogn...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washigton, D.C.-The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and its Endowment Fund announced it has created the $50,000 Gold Circle Level Hugh A. Steavenson/Forrest Keeling Nursery Endowment Fund. The fund was established in the memory of the last Hugh A. Steavenson, 1979 ANLA president and long-time ANLA member since 1950. According to Steavenson's family, Hugh truly loved ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

Washington, D.C.-The Horticultural Research Institute's (HRI) executive committee recently granted $200,000 to 17 high-priority projects and two scholarships. During the committee's annual grants funding retreat, the committee considered nearly 160 applications for funding and determined these projects best meet the needs of the industry and have quality scientific merit that will resul...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

On July 10 (the eve of the official opening of ANLA's Convention and Executive Learning Retreat), ANLA Board members and staff cheered Gordie Bailey, of Bailey Nurseries, Inc., to the finish line as he completed his nearly 1,200 mile bike ride from St. Paul, Minnesota. Gordie's 'Tour de Hort' helped raise over $325,000 for the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), as part of t...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute and its Endowment Fund, the research arm of the American Nursery & Landscape Association, has announced a $20,000 Bronze Circle endowment fund created by Lawyer Nursery, Plains, MT. The fund was given in memory of the late Esther M. Lawyer, past president of the Montana Association of Nurserymen, and ANLA governor from the state...

AmericanHort Contributor October 16 2013

It’s been a long and winding road spanning almost a year-and-a-half, two congresses, two Senate Bills and a historic collapse on the floor of the House (see “House Fails to Pass Farm Bill”) but a Farm Bill will finally be conferenced between the U.S. Senate ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 08 2013

Some economic indicators are back to where they were before the recession, but is that necessarily a good thing? Well, it depends. Join Dr. Charlie Hall in this segment as he explores the difference between our economy now, and what it was before the Great Recession. Charlie will also share early economic signs for 2014. Watch Charlie

AmericanHort Contributor October 08 2013

Rose Rosette Disease continues to impact shrub roses in landscapes East of the Mississippi. Quickly recognizing and confirming RRD is important in controlling its spread and allows for the potential to mitigate the disease before it expands to other roses in the vicinity.

However, confirming the disease is difficult, as it is often confused with other ailments, such as herbicide d...

AmericanHort Contributor October 08 2013

Now that the deadlock over funding the federal government is about to collide with the expiration of the federal debt ceiling, it’s high stakes for both Congress and the country. And though it might turn out to be wishful thinking, some are beginning to see a potential opportunity to do more, not less.

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested that the Farm Bill could...

AmericanHort Contributor October 08 2013

Amid high frustration over the loss of legislative momentum for meaningful immigration reform, business and faith leaders are mobilizing for a possible window of opportunity beginning at the end of October. At the same time, business community “heavy hitters,” with household names like Bloomberg and Zuckerberg, are putting their names and their money where their mouth is, as

AmericanHort Contributor October 04 2013

Just because some economic indicators are back to where they were before the recession, is that necessarily a good thing? Well, it depends. Join Charlie in this segment as he explores the differences between our economy now and what it was before the Great Recession the early economic signs for 2014.

AmericanHort Contributor October 02 2013

Six universities and USDA-ARS have been involved in a multi-year, multi-disciplinary project looking at water recycling and managing phytosanitary concerns in the process. The project was funded through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, a component of the Farm Bill and a legislative priority for our industry.

The research results and suggested production practices to mitigate...

AmericanHort Contributor October 02 2013

Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement on a spending measure on September 30, resulting in a partial shutdown of the Federal Government that took effect at midnight. Non-essential government personnel and government programs funded through appropriations will be shut down until Congress and the White House can reach an agreement. Lawmakers must also address the looming deadline ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 02 2013

Though a federal government shutdown may intrude, negotiations continue in the hopes of House action on immigration legislation later this year.  So far, five bills targeting border security, interior enforcement, E-Verify, visas for the highly educated and skilled, and an agricultural guest worker program have been approved by House committees. Several other bills may be considered, including ...

AmericanHort Contributor October 01 2013

Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement on a spending measure on September 30, resulting in a partial shutdown of the Federal Government that took effect at midnight. Non-essential government personnel and government programs funded through appropriations will be shut down until Congress and the White House can reach an agreement. Lawmakers must also address the looming deadline ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 25 2013

Like it or not, America has an enforcement-only immigration policy. That’s the simple fact. And because our immigration system is in dire need of modernization, our enforcement-only approach means that government is enforcing an obsolete set of laws, and our economy is suffering the consequences.

Nowhere across the economy is the dysfunction any greater than at the “lower” end whe...

AmericanHort Contributor September 25 2013

In April 2013 USDA-APHIS announced their first list of plants that would be prohibited from entry under the “not authorized pending pest risk analysis” (NAPPRA) rule. In many cases this material had been previously allowed when accompanied with the appropriate permits. While arrangements are still possible through the Controlled Import Permit (CIP) process, previously granted Post-Entry Quarant...

AmericanHort Contributor September 18 2013

The federal government fiscal year ends September 30, and the blame game over a potential government shutdown has already started.  Still, there is time to avert a shutdown.  The most likely scenario would be a “continuing resolution” (CR) to fund the government at mostly current levels until December 15, allowing a potential increase in the federal debt ceiling, the automatic spending cuts kno...

AmericanHort Contributor September 18 2013

Beginning October 1, 2013 USDA-APHIS will institute a new inspection protocol for “plants for planting” imports at four plant inspection stations (Honolulu, HI – Houston, TX – Linden, NJ – San Juan, PR). This new protocol will include a randomization sampling tool that will automatically identify the units to be inspected based on the size of the shipment and number the of taxa included. It wil...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2013

Section 18B of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as added by section 1512 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), provides that an employer must provide each employee at the time of hiring, or with respect to current employees, not later than October 1, 2013, a written notice. This deadline for current employees is fast approaching.

Th...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2013

Congress is back in Washington after a five week break, but with saber rattling over Syria, and fiscal battles closer to home, domestic issues like immigration reform are being pushed to the back burner. Still, supporters of reform appear to have had the upper hand during the recent recess, with literally hundreds of events and meetings in Congressional districts from border to border and coast...

AmericanHort Contributor September 11 2013

Earlier this week, ANLA and SAF submitted joint comments on the changes USDA-APHIS has proposed regarding “plants for planting” regulations. The published proposal by APHIS was a voluminous and dense document. Its summary suggested that the contents dealt primarily with moving the regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations to the Plants for Planting Manual and “housekeeping” issues.
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AmericanHort Contributor September 05 2013

On August 1, the Senate confirmed Jim Jones as the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Prior to his confirmation, he had been serving in the role as acting assistant administrator since December 2011.

Jones has been employed by EPA for over 26 years. During 2011, he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Offi...

AmericanHort Contributor September 05 2013

In mid-August, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of nearly $40 million to provide housing for farmworkers and their families. "USDA's Farm Labor Housing Program is the only national source of construction funds to buy, build or improve housing for farmworkers, who are critical to the tremendous productivity of American agriculture," said Vilsack. "Looking ahead to the...

AmericanHort Contributor September 05 2013

ANLA continues to encourage lawmakers to cosponsor the “Save Our Seasons Act of 2013” (H.R.2765) introduced last month by Reps. Wittman (R-VA) and Alexander (R-LA). This legislation, which is similar to the H-2B wage language included in the Senate-passed immigration bill (S 744), would require DOL to calculate prevailing wages using a methodology similar to the one it had been using until DOL ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 05 2013

Recent media reports and commentary have focused on neonicotinoid insecticides and their potential impact on bees. Many of these stories provide important information for the green industry to consider and reflect upon, while others represent sensationalized perspectives with the intention of driving a political agenda.

Growing plants, tending crops, and managing greenhouses and ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 05 2013

While recent comments by Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives are conflicting with respect to the specific path forward, they do share an apparent intent to pass a 2013 Farm Bill. During a recent trip to North Dakota, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said that the House would move forward with a stand-alone nutrition bill when the House reconvenes in September. Thi...

AmericanHort Contributor September 05 2013

As the push to get Congress to act on immigration reform continues, ANLA members are on the field. Many in-district Congressional visits in places like western Michigan, southern Illinois, the Twin Cities area, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere have been held. ANLA members are participating in meetings and events organized by coalition partners in the general business, agricultural, and faith communi...

AmericanHort Contributor September 04 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has a new administrator, Kevin Shea. The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) wasted no time in reaching out to Administrator Shea to ensure he is aware of the importance of the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). A

AmericanHort Contributor September 04 2013

Congress returns to Washington on September 9 after a five-week break. Two urgent and somewhat interrelated deadlines loom. One is the question of a budget for the new federal fiscal year, which starts October 1. The second is the federal debt ceiling.

Several years have passed since Congress actually approved a budget through what is known as “regular order” (meaning, Senate and ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 04 2013

In recent weeks we’ve seen a parade of media reports and commentary regarding neonicotinoid insecticides and their potential impact on bees. Many of these stories provide important information for us to consider and reflect upon, while others represent sensationalized perspectives with the intention of driving a political agenda.

Growing plants, tending crops, and managing ...

AmericanHort Contributor September 04 2013

Late last week, USDA-APHIS announced that beginning October 1, 2013 they would be launching a new inspection protocol at four plant inspection stations (Honolulu, HI – Houston, TX – Linden, NJ – San Juan, PR). This new protocol will include a randomization sampling tool that will automatically identify the units to be inspected based on the number of units (e.g., boxes), total plant quantities,...

AmericanHort Contributor August 29 2013

Following the unfortunate and accidental bee-kill that happened in Oregon this past June, many activist groups have stepped up their efforts to prohibit or disrupt the use of neonicotinoids. In many cases they are trying to identify the use of these insecticides as the sole cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) of European honeybees – a phenomenon, sometimes referred to by the more gen...

AmericanHort Contributor August 28 2013

As the August recess push to get Congress to “just do something” on immigration reform continues, ANLA members are on the field. In the week ahead, they are organizing in-district Congressional visits in places like western Michigan, southern Illinois, the Twin Cities area, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere. In many others, they are joining meetings and events organized by coalition partners in the g...

AmericanHort Contributor August 28 2013

The American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and OFA - The Association of Horticulture Professionals, mailed ballots today for a member vote on the consolidation of the two organizations. Ballots were distributed to all eligible members as defined by each organization’s bylaws, and completed documents must be received in the associations' respective offices by Friday, September 27, 20...

AmericanHort Contributor August 21 2013

Washington Politics: Are You At the Table or On the Menu?
After virtually every decision made by Congress, someone wins, and someone else loses. This axiom is at the heart of the case for business owners in the horticulture industry to be politically active and support a strong national trade association to be their advocate.

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AmericanHort Contributor August 21 2013

After virtually every decision made by Congress, someone wins, and someone else loses. This axiom is at the heart of the case for business owners in the horticulture industry to be politically active and support a strong national trade association to be their advocate.

  And yes, there is strength in numbers. Which is why ANLA’s government relations team is so enthusiastic about ANL...

AmericanHort Contributor August 21 2013

A new video hosted by Jen Olsen, Assistant Extension Specialist at OSU Plant Disease & Insect Laboratory, includes useful descriptions and diagnostic images about Rose Rosette Disease (RDD). She discusses ways to detect RRD in your roses and strategies for preventing plantings from falling victim to the mite vectored disease. Ms. Olsen also provides suggestions for pruning out diseased canes fo...

AmericanHort Contributor August 14 2013

In August, ANLA and SAF submitted joint comments highlighting significant concerns about the implementation of the recently enacted USDA-APHIS category for plants for planting, Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Assessment (NAPPRA) and the list of taxa included in the NAPPRA Round Two announcement. The fina...

AmericanHort Contributor August 14 2013

Last week, ANLA and SAF sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to a recent EPA announcement suggesting that changes to pollinator language on labels of neonicotinoid pesticide labels are coming. This announcement follows the unfortunate bee kill that occurred in Oregon in June of this year. In that incident, blooming Linden trees (Tilia sp.) were improperl...

AmericanHort Contributor August 14 2013

Last week, USDA-APHIS announced that the Imported Fire Ant (IFA) Treatment Manual was updated with multiple certification periods, providing growers of balled and burlapped nursery stock (B&B) with additional options. The changes revise the treatment schedules for B&B immersion/dip bifenthrin treatment to allow lower dose rates and multiple certification periods.

Previously, growe...

AmericanHort Contributor August 14 2013

On Monday, August 12, ANLA was one of a small handful of organizations invited to participate in a meeting convened by the Mexican government to discuss the status and outlook for enactment of immigration reform legislation by the U.S. Congress this year. The meeting was chaired by Mexican foreign minister, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, who was joined by Mexican ambassador to the U.S., Eduardo ...

AmericanHort Contributor August 09 2013

USDA-APHIS is proposing to restructure the “plants for planting” (Quarantine 37) regulations, and you have an opportunity to submit comments.

The proposal is somewhat lengthy, so SAF and ANLA asked APHIS to host a “webinar” to give interested growers a better understanding of what the proposal means. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 14, at 3:00 pm EDT. To register, <...

AmericanHort Contributor August 09 2013

By a vote of 7-4, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies passed a draft version of its fiscal 2014 spending bill on July 23.  The draft legislation funds the EPA at $5.5 billion, 34% below the fiscal year 2013 enacted level. The bill would prevent the Administration from changing the definition of changes to the definition of “navigable waters” under...

AmericanHort Contributor August 09 2013

After the Senate voted to confirm her by a 59-40 vote, Gina McCarthy was sworn-in as EPA Administrator on July 19. McCarthy had been serving as the Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation since 2009. Prior to her tenure at EPA, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropolo...

AmericanHort Contributor August 09 2013

Congress is home for the month of August. They do not return to Washington, DC, until September 9. On the topic of workforce and immigration reform, what Members of the House of Representatives hear while they are home will shape their attitudes and actions when they return. If they hear from constituents urging House action on meaningful immigration reform measures, there will be post-August m...

AmericanHort Contributor August 08 2013

ANLA has switched our Legislative Action Center grassroots platform provider from Capwiz to VoterVoice. This decision was made after careful consideration of the capabilities VoterVoice offers, and how ANLA and Lighthouse Program partners are using the Internet to facilitate grassroots campaigns.

  VoterVoice provide...

AmericanHort Contributor August 08 2013

The U.S. Senate has assigned conferees – seven Democrats and five Republicans – to negotiate a compromise that bridges the substantial differences between the Senate and House versions of the Farm Bill. In addressing their move towards conference and in highlighting the relative ease with which the Senate passed their version of the Farm Bill, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Deb...

AmericanHort Contributor August 08 2013

Sadly, ANLA members that use the H-2B program have started receiving new prevailing wage determinations under the interim final H-2B wage rule issued on April 24 by the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS). Last week, Reps. Wittman (R-VA) and Alexander (R-LA) introduced the “Save Our Seasons Act of 2013” (HR 2765).

This legislation, which is similar helpful wage l...

AmericanHort Contributor August 08 2013

Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-LA) recently introduced legislation (HR 2752) that would exclude seasonal workers from the ACA calculation when determining if an employer’s business is large enough to be required to provide health insurance for its workers. ACA’s treatment of seasonal workers is extremely problematic because under the ACA, seasonal workers who work more than 120 days are counted as fu...

AmericanHort Contributor August 07 2013

Sure, what Washington does has an impact on you and your business. Yet, the good news is that what you do can have an impact on Washington! That is truer this August than usual, as Congress is home and members of the House of Representatives are closely listening to what voters and constituents have to say regarding immigration reform.

ANLA vice president for government relations,...

AmericanHort Contributor August 07 2013

USDA-APHIS recently announced a late 2013 launch of a new electronic Lacey Act Plant and Plant Product Declaration (PPQ Form 505) submission tool. This online tool called the Lacey Act Web Governance System (LAWGS) will allow filers to submit Lacey Act Declarations electronically without needing to mail in a paper declaration. The LAWGS tool is intended to assist importers who are currently f...

AmericanHort Contributor August 05 2013

AmericanHort Contributor August 05 2013

Farm Bill Update
The House continues to struggle through the process of passing a comprehensive Farm Bill. Without a new Farm Bill signed into law by October 1st the already extended 2008 Farm Bill will expire and the farm policy provisions would revert to the 1949 law ­ an outcome that our industry and most other agriculture groups wo...

AmericanHort Contributor August 02 2013

Immigration Update and Why Are We Fighting?
Sure, what Washington does has an impact on you and your business. Yet, the good news is that what you do can have an impact on Washington! That is truer this August than usual, as Congress is home and members of the House of Representatives are closely listening to what voters and constituents h...

AmericanHort Contributor August 02 2013

Responding to the industry’s growing concerns about Rose Rosette Disease, ANLA has launched the website www.roserosettedisease.com. The website will act as a one-stop resource for growers, landscapers, extension agents, and researchers to find the most up-to-date information about the disease, including how to identify and prevent ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

Dr. Mike Dobres of Novaflora® talks about some of the advances that have already been made by industry researchers and the path he sees for successfully mitigating the impact of Rose Rosette Disease.

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

Industry leaders recognize the very real threat Rose Rosette Disease poses to this important crop and stress the importance of finding real world solutions through research.

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

Dr. Joe Bischoff explains that while Rose Rosette Disease is a unique challenge, through coordination and the involvement of the right people solutions can be found.

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

Rev up your business! Designed for growers and retailers, this two-day conference will boost your bottom line with profit-packed solutions that can be implemented right away in your business. Enjoy networking, learning, and connecting with great people with great ideas. Growers and retailers can boost the bottom line with profit-packed solutions. November 5-6 in Raleigh, North Carolina. For m...

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

As you likely know by now, ANLA has decided to switch our grassroots platform provider from Capwiz to VoterVoice. This decision was made after careful consideration and recognition that many have found the Capwiz platform to be difficult to work with. Recently Capwiz has been going through a process of updating user platforms but many of the updates are more about sharing big media outlet news ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

The 2013 Farm Bill is in a holding pattern until the U.S. House of Representatives assigns conferees to work out the differences between their version of the bill and the U.S. Senate passed version. As it stands now, the narrowly passed House bill does not address the nutrition component (i.e., food stamps) of a typical Farm Bill, while the Senate version includes both nutrition and the agricul...

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters that the Senate would not take up comprehensive tax code reform without the inclusion of nearly $1 trillion in new revenue. By throwing out a revenue number that far exceeds anything that Republicans in the Senate or House would ever agree to suggests that the Democrat leadership in the Senate has little appetite to take on tax ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 31 2013

Congress is heading home for the month of August. On the topic of workforce and immigration reform, what Members of the House of Representatives hear while they are home will shape their attitudes and actions when they return on September 9. If they hear from constituents urging House action on meaningful immigration reform measures, there will be post-August momentum. If they only hear from o...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2013

ANLA is working with Congress to encourage the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind their interim final H-2B wage rule, which is placing severe hardship on our members that use the seasonal, non-agricultural visa program. S.744, the immigration bill that passed the Senate in late June, included ANLA-supported language to bring fairness and clarity to the H-2B wage-s...

AmericanHort Contributor July 30 2013

AmericanHort Contributor July 24 2013

ANLA has been working with Congress to encourage the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) to rescind their interim final H-2B wage rule, which is placing severe hardship on our members that use the seasonal, non-agricultural visa program.

S.744, the immigration bill that passed the Senate in late June, included ANLA-supported language to bring fairness and clari...

AmericanHort Contributor July 24 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23rd, 2010, is arguably one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation we have seen this century.  An important provision of the law is the employer mandate, which requires employers with more than 50 full time or full time equivalent employees to offer health insurance to their full time employees or pay a penalty. There are additiona...

AmericanHort Contributor July 24 2013

In recent weeks boxwood blight has been confirmed from Delaware and New Jersey. These findings mark the first new state reports since March 2012. Many growers and landscapers have voluntarily implemented the ANLA best management practices (see at www.boxwoodblight.org) and some states have directed growers to use them as part of state-recognized compliance agreements. It is likely that these me...

AmericanHort Contributor July 24 2013

Dr. Kelly Ivors and her graduate student, Miranda Ganci, of North Carolina State University completed the analysis of their May/June 2013 trials for preventing Boxwood Blight. Their recently released report includes the chemistry recommendations that were found to be most effective in the 2012 and 2013 field trials.

The NCSU treatment recommendations are available by clicking

AmericanHort Contributor July 12 2013

For the many green industry professionals monitoring the immigration reform debate, here is the upshot: the Senate has passed a bipartisan comprehensive bill, and the House as decided to “go slow”. The Senate, on June 27, passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 32. Fourteen Republicans joined a unified Democratic ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 12 2013

On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, by a vote of 216-208. This bill is a modified version of the Farm Bill that was rejected by the House last month, and includes only the agriculture provisions. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (i.e., food stamps), or SNAP, was removed from the bil...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

The second list of plants and flowers the USDA-APHIS proposes to prohibit for import into the U.S. – the “NAPPRA” (Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis) round two – was published in mid-May for public comment. Once USDA-APHIS has reviewed the public comments, it will publish a final list of the plants or flowers to be prohibited for import until a pest risk analysis has been completed for ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

On June 20th, The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 Farm Bill) was defeated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in stunning fashion (195-234). It wasn’t supposed to happen, this way. A bill is rarely brought to the full House for consideration unless the votes are already locked down to pass it. Further, Speaker of the House John Boehner made the decision to...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

In late June Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the U.S. House Small Business Committee, and Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust, reintroduced H.R. 2542 the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act, which initially passed the House in 2011 but was not considered by the U.S. Senate.

The purpose of the bi...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

The United States Senate on June 27 passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 32. Fourteen Republicans joined a unified Democratic caucus to approve the measure, which would achieve the most sweeping overhaul and modernization of America’s immigration system since the days of President Ronald Reagan.

Th...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

The Obama Administration has made a major announcement regarding the imposition of penalties on “large employers” that do not provide health care to their employees in 2014 or do not provide adequate coverage – the penalties will not be imposed until 2015. (Large employers have more than 50 full time or full-time-equivalent employees.)

While the official regulatory documents are no...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

At an American Soybeans Association meeting, on July 9th, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) announced that Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives decided to separate the Farm Bill into two distinct bills. The first bill, which will be focused on the farm program provisions, will likely be taken up before the August recess, while the nutrition focused bill – Supplemental Nutrition Assis...

AmericanHort Contributor July 10 2013

Effective immediately, APHIS will no longer impose P. ramorum regulatory requirements for the interstate movement of non-host nursery stock from certain nurseries located in the regulated areas of California, Oregon, and Washington. Specifically, nurseries located in regulated areas that do not contain, and that do not ship nursery stock listed as proven host taxa or as associated plant ...

AmericanHort Contributor July 04 2013

Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) is a virus that is vectored by an eriophyid mite (Phyllocoptes fructiphylus) and often leads to the eventual death of infected plants. Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) is particularly susceptible to RRD and it's decades long march, as an invasive plant, across much of the continental U.S. has likely been the source of inoculum and responsible for spreading the diseas...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2013

The United States Senate on June 27 passed S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 32. Fourteen Republicans joined a unified Democratic caucus to approve the measure, which would achieve the most sweeping overhaul and modernization of America’s immigration system since the days of President Ronald Reagan.

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AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2013

The Obama Administration has made a major announcement regarding the imposition of penalties on “large employers” that do not provide health care to their employees in 2014 or do not provide adequate coverage – the penalties will not be imposed until 2015. (Large employers have more than 50 full time or full-time-equivalent employees.)

While the official regulatory documents are n...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2013

Plant pathologists from North Carolina State University recently shared pre-publication results regarding what they have called their “Boxwood Blight Trojan Horse Study.” In the study, graduate student Miranda Ganci and her professors Drs. Kelly Ivors and Mike Benson evaluated the ability of boxwood cultivars that appear to be tolerant of boxwood blight to spread infection. According to their r...

AmericanHort Contributor July 03 2013

On June 27, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) announced a 180-day temporary use restriction for all plant applications – by professionals and non-professionals – of any pesticide product with the active ingredient dinotefuran. ODA has implemented the restriction as a temporary, cautionary step, allowing it to complete its ongoing investigation of a bee kill incident that oc...

AmericanHort Contributor June 25 2013

ANLA and colleagues in the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace have sent a letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee’s chairman and ranking member, urging support for the Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R.2346) and the Representation Fairness Restoration Act (H.R.2347). The former bill, H.R.2346, would overcome a hostile National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision in the ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 25 2013

On Monday evening, the Senate’s immigration reform bill, S.744, cleared a major procedural hurdle as the Senate embraced the so-called “border surge” amendment authored by Sens. Corker (R-TN) and Hoeven (R-ND) on a vote of 67 to 27. Among Senators, Democrats were unified in support, while 15 Republican Senators also supported the amendment. This action sets the stage for a possible floor vote o...

AmericanHort Contributor June 25 2013

On June 20th, The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (2013 Farm Bill) was defeated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in stunning fashion (195-234). It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. A bill is rarely brought to the full House for consideration unless the votes are already locked down to pass it. Further, Speaker of the House, John Boehner, of Ohio, made the d...

AmericanHort Contributor June 18 2013

In response to growing concern over hostile administration of the H-2B program by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security, a House Small Business subcommittee held a hearing on June 12 to look into the growing regulatory and legal chaos affecting program users. The hearing, presided over by Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC), mostly spotlighted reliance on the program by seasonal resorts, and cha...

AmericanHort Contributor June 18 2013

It’s a classic good news/bad news story. With the Senate into Week Two of considering a broad immigration overhaul bill that is good for the green industry, several hundred green industry professionals have already sent messages to their Senators urging support for S.744. That’s the good news. The bad news is, that number should be in the thousands!

There is still time, but not muc...

AmericanHort Contributor June 18 2013

Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, was recently detected in Granville County, North Carolina. This identification of an adult beetle and confirmation of classic EAB symptoms from nearby trees brings the total number of U.S. states with this pest to nineteen. For assistance in identifying the presence of this pest, view the U.S. Forest Service diagnostic document by clicking

AmericanHort Contributor June 15 2013

On June 10, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2013 Farm Bill (The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013) by a vote of 66-27. A week before the Senate vote ANLA coordinated a letter that included forty-two Lighthouse Program partners (click here to view letter) and...

AmericanHort Contributor June 13 2013

With a pair of procedural votes (one passed 82 – 15, the second, 84 – 15) the U. S. Senate has embarked on the next phase of the journey toward a modernized immigration system. One could say those votes were the easy part; they signal broad support for having the debate. They don’t foreshadow any particular outcome, let alone success.

The simple fact is that over several decades,...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2013

If you import plant material for research, trialing, or under post-entry quarantine, you should familiarize yourself with the new Controlled Import Permit (“CIP”) regulations issued by USDA-APHIS. The CIP permit replaces the old departmental permits and also encompasses Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) agreements. The new CIP regulations went into effect on June 3, 2013.

The CIP will be...

AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2013

Employers waiting for years in a legislative desert for some needed rain in the form of immigration reform and workforce solutions are one small step closer to relief. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 82 to 15 on a procedural motion to move to consider S.744, the immigration bill. The process of considering amendments to the bill is expected to continue through the month of June.

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AmericanHort Contributor June 12 2013

Monday evening, the Senate passed the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954, Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013) by a vote of 66-27. The strong support for the bill from both sides of the aisle puts significant pressure on the U.S. House to follow suit when they begin debate on their version of the bill next week.

In the House, cuts in food stamps (SNAP program), the move to insurance ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 11 2013

The economy is plodding along at an excruciatingly mediocre pace, but there is some good news to talk about. Housing continues to be the major wind in our sails right now and the current rate of household formation bodes well for future landscape sales of flowers, shrubs, and trees. Join Charlie as he discusses these important trends for our industry!

AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

The second list of plants and flowers USDA-APHIS proposes to prohibit for import into the U.S. – the “NAPPRA” (Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis) Round Two list – has been published by USDA for public comment. Once USDA-APHIS has reviewed the public comments, it will publish a final list of the plants or flowers to be prohibited for import until a pest risk analysis has been completed f...

AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

How Green Are We? HRI Provides Green Industry Leadership on Carbon Sequestration.
HRI has taken the leadership position in conducting and supporting research that will help quantify the "green" benefits of our industry. HRI has assembled a robust research program to help answer some of the questions about greenhouse gases and carbon sequestration in the la...

AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

Many ANLA members offering landscape services turn to the H-2B visa program to supplement their workforce when too few American workers apply for seasonal jobs. Unfortunately, efforts by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to add layers of new bureaucracy and an inflated wage structure threaten the program, and have resulted in a tangle of litigation and Congressional intervention.

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AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

In late April we reported on the efforts of the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means to reform the U.S. taxcode and the potential impact reforms could have on nursery operations’ access to cash accounting practices. The reforms would require C Corporations...

AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

Just two months ago it was hard to envision a new Farm Bill making its way through Congress before other higher profile issues like immigration reform, the debt ceiling, and gun control were sorted out. However, thanks to strong leadership from the chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, the Senate committee passed its version with a bipartisan 15-5 vote and the House committee p...

AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

  • Visit the Legislative Action website to send a personalized message to your two U.S. Senators. It takes literally a few clicks and a few minutes.
  • Double your impact by calling the offices of both your Senators and telling the staff person who answers that you are cal...

AmericanHort Contributor June 06 2013

The full U.S. Senate is expected to take up S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, during the week of June 10. The Senate will consider and vote on dozens, or even hundreds, of amendments to the bill during the remainder of the month of June. This is a pivotal moment. If the Senate manages to approve the bill with a broad bipartisan majority, odds f...

AmericanHort Contributor June 05 2013

The 2013 Farm Bill has been making progress through Congress with the full Senate expected to vote late in the week of June 3rd or early the following week. The bill is expected to get floor time in the House in late June or early July. Both versions of the bill look largely like they did last year – before final passage of a new Farm Bill fell short due to inaction by the U.S. House. This year...

AmericanHort Contributor June 05 2013

ANLA is launching the new, New Ideas. Championed by Dwight Hughes, Jr., this long-running program showcased nursery innovation "border to border, coast to coast." New Ideas is back on the ANLA Knowledge Center. Tune in monthly for new innovative ideas for your nursery, distribution business or landscape company.

In episode one, Dwight Hughes, Jr. introduces his Tree Boss and demons...

AmericanHort Contributor June 05 2013

A busy June Senate calendar features floor consideration of a Farm Bill, now underway, and an historic bipartisan immigration accord. Yet the passing of a sitting U.S. Senator, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, may influence the Senate schedule as colleagues pause to honor his many years of service. It ...

AmericanHort Contributor June 05 2013

If you have not contacted your two U.S. Senators within the last week to urge their support for immigration reform, now is the time! And it could not be much easier. Click here to go to the new S.744 Action Alert, and enter your zip code. You can send the sample letter provided, or edit it as you wish.
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AmericanHort Contributor June 05 2013

This week, ANLA and 41 partner associations submitted a letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging that they pass Senate bill S.954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (2013 Farm Bill). The letter highlights the importance of our industry to U.S. agriculture and ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 31 2013

A new study released by Harvard University researchers, reports that immigrant laborers have contributed significantly more to Medicare than then have taken out. According to a report on Bloomberg.com, "Immigrants to the U.S. contributed $115.2 billion more to the Medicare Trust Fund during the past decade than they withdrew, casting doubt on criticism they overburden the health plan, Harvard U...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2013

Join the Horticultural Research Institute for a complimentary reception on July 13, 2013 from 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The reception celebrates donors, members and friends that are interested in continuing to develop green industry progress through innovation and research.

The reception is held in conjunction with the OFA Short Course Convention & Marke...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2013

Last week, USDA-APHIS declared the Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB) infestations in the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island eradicated, lifting those areas from quarantine status. This follows the March announcement of the successful eradication of ALB in New Jersey and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s success in eliminating ALB from cities in Ontario, which was announced in April....

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2013

For those monitoring the immigration reform debate in Congress, the latest news is a mix of good and bad. Among the good news -- last week, 110 conservative economists endorsed immigration reform.

As for the bad news: NumbersUSA, the nation’s leading anti-immigration grassroots organization, has purchased nearly half a million d...

AmericanHort Contributor May 21 2013

Does your team think that profit equals markup? How would they change the way they do their jobs if they knew that you don't pocket 50 or 60 cents on every dollar that hits the register? Join Sid on the ANLA Knowledge Center as he explains to you, and your team, the real costs of running a business. Watch Sid

AmericanHort Contributor May 21 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute is investigating future research initiatives to guide the organization's priorities for the next 5 years. HRI is seeking participants from all segments of the green industry to complete an online research assessment survey. All participants who complete the survey by May 31, 2013 will be entered to win an iPad mini.

Take the survey

AmericanHort Contributor May 21 2013

Sid Raisch: Are You Selling Stuff or a Solution?
Selling stuff, demeans your products, and sends your customers price shopping. Selling solutions - identifying the value and experience your customers get from using your products in their gardens, their homes and making them part of their lives - creates perceived value. You can turn that perception into profit with higher p...

AmericanHort Contributor May 21 2013

Sid Raisch: Aligning Your Staff for Profit
Does your team think that profit equals markup? How would they change the way they do their jobs if they knew that you don't pocket 50 or 60 cents on every dollar that hits the register? Sid explains to you, and your team, the real costs of running a business.

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

USDA-APHIS announced that effective December 10th, operations that ship high-risk plant material for Phytophthora ramorum (P. ram.) - defined as Camellia, Kalmia, Pieris, Rhododendron (including Azalea), or Viburnum - to non-regulated states must continue to provide pre-notification to the receiving state officials if located in:

  • The following California counties (under ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

In early December, ANLA, OFA and SAF submitted comments to the USDA-APHIS regarding potential changes to the regulatory status of Chrysanthemum White Rust (CWR). The disease is not endemic to North America and is currently treated, by the USDA, as a regulated quarantine pest. However, numerous localized outbreaks have occurred in the U.S. in recent years and eradication measures have been costl...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

Just as there is no shortage of challenges or unknowns as we enter 2013 - think fiscal cliff, healthcare, new regulations - we began 2012 with a list of concerns, as well. One of those concerns was the recent discovery of a new and potentially devastating Boxwood (Buxus) disease, Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum). The pathogen can cause significant leaf drop and stem lesions cr...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

Following the November elections, all eyes shifted to the various federal agencies that are busy developing the rules, regulations, and guidance to implement Obamacare. While many business owners were hoping for repeal under a Romney administration, election results have dashed those hopes. However, even with a new administration, it would have been extraordinarily difficult to overcome the 60 ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

Upwards of 250 leaders in the faith, law enforcement, business, and agricultural communities joined in Washington earlier this month to call on Congress to repair America's broken immigration system. ANLA and OFA raised funds, coordinated nursery and greenhouse speakers and attendees, and joined in lobbying visits to Senate and House offices. The events were organized around the 30th anniversar...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

Washington, D.C.— ANLA, and our partners in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, are encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for the 2013 Farm Bill, demonstrated by the Agriculture committees of the U.S. Senate and House. Last week both committees passed their respective version of the bill last week. The Senate passed their version with a 15-5 vote and the House passed theirs with a 36-10...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

Washington, D.C.— The powerful U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning its third week considering S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan negotiating group has announced a “meeting of the minds” on its own comprehensive immigration framework. And, on May 16, a House Judiciary subcommittee hel...

AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

ANLA, and our partners in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance, are encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for the 2013 Farm Bill, demonstrated by the Agriculture committees of the U.S. Senate and House. Last week both committees passed their respective version of the bill last week. The Senate passed their version with a 15-5 vote and the House passed theirs with a 36-10 vote.

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AmericanHort Contributor May 20 2013

The powerful U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning its third week considering S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. In the House of Representatives, a bipartisan negotiating group has announced a “meeting of the minds” on its own comprehensive immigration framework. And, on May 16, a House Judiciary subcommittee held hearings on an E...

AmericanHort Contributor May 14 2013

The powerful Senate Judiciary Committee formally took up S.744 on May 9.  The bill, formally known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, had over 300 amendments filed by Judiciary members. The Committee is now in the process of what is known as a “mark-up,” in which many of the filed amendments will be considered and voted on. 

  On...

AmericanHort Contributor May 14 2013

The Senate Agriculture Committee marked up its version of the 2013 Farm Bill on May 14th and the House Agriculture Committee is set to begin their mark up on May 15th. While the results of these hearing are not yet known we expect a fairly clean process in the Senate but the House committee may take a day or two. Most of the battles will be over the commodity programs (Title I), conservation (T...

AmericanHort Contributor May 14 2013

On May 13, USDA-APHIS proposed lifting the restrictions on the interstate movement of Berberis thunbergii varieties ‘Della’ and ‘O’ Byrne’ and Mahonia x media variety ‘Lionel Fortescue’. These three varieties were thoroughly evaluated by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service at the Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul, MN and found to be resistant to Black Stem Rust (Puccin...

AmericanHort Contributor May 09 2013

The Tree Boss: efficient and fun
Handling large B&B material like caliper trees usually takes 2-3 team members. Hughes Nursery and Landscaping does it with 1. Dwight Hughes Jr. introduces the Tree Boss, a piece of in-house designed equipment that supports their company's goals of efficient time management and making nursery and landscape...

AmericanHort Contributor May 09 2013

Pneumatic Rootball Stapler: time and safety
Burlap is traditionally secured to rootballs with pinning nails. The process is both painful for workers and creates safety concerns with injured hands and pierced tires as plants are handles and nails pop out. Tom Hughes demonstrates how their pneumatic stapler makes this task safer and can be...

AmericanHort Contributor May 09 2013

If you have not yet responded to USDA’s Census of Agriculture, please do so before May 31.

“Every time we go to Capitol Hill or meet with USDA representatives,” says Marvin Miller, Ph.D., AAF, Ball Horticultural Company, West Chicago, Illinois, chairman of both SAF’s and OFA’s government relations committees, “we cite statistics from the USDA census, which prove how important our i...

AmericanHort Contributor May 09 2013

Weather has once again been a factor in some regions of the country this spring, which will probably translate into more shakeouts in the industry as the year progresses, unless the cash flow can be made up. Fortunately, the tailwinds of the economy point to some positive trends for the green industry. Join Dr. Charlie Hall in this segment as he discusses the upcoming debt ceiling debate and th...

AmericanHort Contributor May 09 2013

Weather has once again been a factor in some regions of the country this spring, which will probably translate into more shakeouts in the industry as the year progresses, unless the cash flow can be made up. Fortunately, the tailwinds of the economy point to some positive trends for the green industry. Join Charlie in this segment as he discusses the upcoming debt ceiling debate and the economi...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

New from the PowerUp series on the ANLA Knowledge Center: National merchandising expert Joe Baer shares the rapidly growing trend of digital signage from iPads and monitors to projections on walls and other surfaces. Trend Alert! Digital signage isn't one-size-fits-all. You'll find applications from small shelf signs to projections on store fronts and bill boards. Click

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

On May 6th, ANLA submitted comments to USDA-APHIS in support of updating the Imported Fire Ant (IFA) treatment manual. A recent environmental assessment conducted by USDA-APHIS, in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, identified additional practices for treating balled-and-burlapped nursery stock and grass sod that were effective in preventing IFA from being transported outside of re...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

The May 31st deadline to submit the Census of Agriculture forms is fast approaching. These data are collected every five years and provide vital information to agribusinesses, town planners, local governments, and policy makers. ANLA relies heavily on the data to highlight the size and importance of our unique segment of agriculture to federal agencies and Congress.

The census look...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. After May 7, 2013, employers must only use Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N for new hires. Failure to do so may result in fines.

As a reminder, employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each employee hired in the United States. The revision date of the Form ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

On May 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill, a product of months of careful bipartisan negotiation, seeks to establish a 21st Century immigration system worthy of the United States of America. It is a lengthy and detailed bill covering border security, future legal immigration, expanded v...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

The Annual Meeting of the ANLA Senate will take place on Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 4:00-5:00 pm, just prior to the HRI reception, in Columbus, Ohio, in conjunction with the OFA Short Course. Any ANLA dues-paying member may attend the Senate meeting, as provided in the ANLA bylaws. Senators who are not able to attend should contact Warren Quinn, ANLA Corporate Secretary, immediately, at

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

HRI will award $21,000 in student scholarships this year. Applications must be completed using the HRI online application form. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2013. For complete details visit the HRI website at www.HRIResearch.org and click the scholarship tab.

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

HRI seeks grant applications for FY2014. The May 15 deadline is approaching! HRI particularly seeks proposals for research focusing on:

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in nursery crop production systems;
  • Regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the nursery and landscape industry; Environmentally responsible management practices;
  • Research that incre...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

DOL cannot currently implement its H-2B program rule due to a preliminary injunction issued last year by a federal judge in the Northern District of Florida. On April 1st, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the injunction decision reached in the Northern District of Florida. This is a great decision for H-2B employers and ANLA would like to thank the law firms of Greenberg Traurig and C...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

Following months of inaction on this vital legislation, both chambers of Congress appear to be picking up the pace and have scheduled mark-ups on their draft versions of a new Farm Bill. This is a large bill that will likely come with a nearly $1 trillion price tag over ten years. However, both the House and Senate have made it clear that deficit reducing cuts will be made.

  The Ho...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

Arguably the two most influential individuals on Capitol Hill regarding tax reform – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), and the House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI-4) – have set their eyes on completing comprehensive tax reform before the end of the year. Both men have suggested eagerness to work together to see it happen and both face a time imperative for getting i...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has introduced his own E-Verify and agricultural reform bills, and plans hearings for mid-May. The ag bill, known as the Agricultural Guestworker Act, is quite different from the employer/Farmworker agreement that has been added to S.744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill. While it has a few attractive features, and would relieve farmers o...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

S.744, the Senate’s immigration reform bill, would provide far-reaching reforms for the agricultural sector, including nurseries and greenhouses. The agricultural section of the bill represents an historic agreement among agricultural worker and employer advocates, including ANLA. The “AgJOBS” section has two provisions, intended to address near-term as well as longer-term needs. For the near t...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

On April 17th, the Senate “Gang of Eight” introduced its comprehensive immigration reform legislation entitled, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The legislation includes provisions on border security; the creation of a new “W-Visa” program for jobs in industries like hospitality, construction, and food processing; a new agricultural worker progr...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2013

ANLA is hard at work preparing for the coming push for an historic modernization of our nation’s immigration system. In just the last week, ANLA’s government relations professional staff were a presenter at a Senate staff briefing on the agricultural provisions of the bill, provided a telephonic briefing of state agriculture secretaries, commissioners, and directors, and met with the editorial ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2013

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6) and co-sponsors Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) and Barbara Lee (CA-13) have introduced The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act. According to the Alliance for Community Trees, the legislation aims to reduce residential energy consumption and costs through strategically planting residential shade trees nationwide.

The Act would establish a g...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2013

The USDA-APHIS recently announced a final decision on a list of propagative plants that will not be permitted for import under the Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis (NAPPRA) rule. The prohibited plant lists go into effect May 20, 2013 and include 31 taxa of plants for planting that were determined by the agency to be of potential invasive weed concern and 107 taxa of plants for planting...

AmericanHort Contributor April 24 2013

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a marathon immigration hearing on Monday, April 22. The four-panel hearing featured witnesses representing agriculture, general business, high tech, law enforcement, faith, and other perspectives generally in support of modernizing America's immigration system. A small number of reform opponents were also on the witness list.

The opening pa...

AmericanHort Contributor April 24 2013

The Oregon legislature appears poised to pass a measure allowing anyone residing in the state – regardless of legal immigration status – to obtain a drivers’ permit. The bill, strongly supported by the business community, is seen as a public safety measure in that it would help add...

AmericanHort Contributor April 23 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is accepting grant applications for horticultural projects designed to improve the efficiency and profitability of the Green Industry. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2013.

Horticultural research and promotion is essential to the success of horticultural professionals and businesses. Scientists are encouraged to submit proposals...

AmericanHort Contributor April 23 2013

U.S. House, Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas has scheduled a mark-up, for a new attempt at a Farm Bill, on May 15th. While there have been some changes in the make-up of the committee it still contains many of the same players that passed their version of the bill last year – which was never voted on in the last Congress.

In preparation for the bill mark-up, the House Ag...

AmericanHort Contributor April 23 2013

Last week, ANLA submitted comments to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the importance of maintaining the Nursery Industry’s ability to use cash accounting practices. The congressional committee recently established eleven task forces to draft legislative language in preparation of a potential push for comprehensive tax reform. The timing and path are uncertain but tax code r...

AmericanHort Contributor April 23 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for 2013. HRI will award $21,000 in student scholarships in 2013. The HRI Endowment Fund is composed of several scholarship funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood o...

AmericanHort Contributor April 16 2013

On the eve of a Senate comprehensive immigration bill introduction and press conference, news came of the bombing attack at the end of the Boston Marathon. The tragedy was a déjà vu moment for many American Nursery & Landscape Association members, who were gathered in Washington in 2001 to push an immigration reform bill across the finish line when the events of September 11 unfolded. Of course...

AmericanHort Contributor April 12 2013

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and its partner, OFA – The Association of Horticulture Professionals, applaud a landmark agreement in principle on the agricultural provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill. The agreement was reached earlier today by the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), of which ANLA is a founding member; the United Farm Workers (UFW); and key Se...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

The continuing resolution recently passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President went relatively unnoticed in the news media. But the real fireworks begin in a few weeks as the debt ceiling debate starts to kick into high gear going into the May 18 time period when we run out of borrowing capacity. While a large part of our spring sales will have taken place by then, it wi...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

Borrowing inspiration from the sport of the spring season, news reports are all over the ballpark regarding progress on immigration. Many say that the agricultural sector (including nursery and greenhouse growers) is the big sticking point. It is true that getting the details of reform right in agriculture is high-stakes. Said the American Nursery & Landscape Association’s vice president for go...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

The National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University in California (NORS-DUC) is gathering information in preparation for a USDA-ARS study looking into the susceptibility of various Rhododendron cultivars to Phytophthora ramorum. Most previous studies have focused on Cunningham's White, which is known to be especially susceptible.

The purpose of this study is ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

Last week the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) informed the USDA that Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma (APP) was identified from an apple orchard (Pacific Gala) in Nova Scotia, Canada. This marks the first discovery of the disease in North America. While it is still unknown how the tree became infected, trace-back information gathered by Canadian officials shows that in 2008 the tree was i...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

According to a committee aide – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman, intends to restart the Farm Bill debate at the end of April. Last year the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill, only to see it stall in the House. With a new year and new congress the Senate must begin the process over again.

Despite the broad bipartisan support for the Senate crafted ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

Joe Baer: Digital Signage
Don't just sit there! National merchandising expert Joe Baer shares the rapidly growing trend of digital signage from iPads and monitors to projections on walls and other surfaces. Trend Alert! Digital signage isn't one-size-fits-all. You'll find applications from small shelf signs to projections on store fronts and bill boards.

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

Joe Baer: Repurposing Existing Equipment
Pallets have a bad rap! National merchandising expert Joe Baer looks at hip, new ways to incorporate them into your merchandising. Trend Alert! Joe also shares retail shopping tech trends including digital signage, instant info on your smart phone and accepting payment anywhere.

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

With multiple ongoing lawsuits and congressional interventions, the situation surrounding H-2B and prevailing wage rules remains a complicated and muddied affair. In response to a recent court order, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has suspended the processing of Form I-129 H-2B petitions (announcement attached below). For an in-depth description of the broader H-2B situat...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

A major effort spearheaded by ANLA, and in collaboration with SAF, to develop software tools that will make it easier for nurseries and greenhouses to participate in systems approach certification programs was awarded $159,000 in funding through the 2008 Farm Bill Section 10201 “pest and disease” program.

The ornamentals industry is often singled out, fairly or unfairly, to contro...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

USDA-APHIS recently released the results of an Environmental Assessment regarding treatment strategies for Imported Fire Ants (IFA). The study suggests that the treatment manual should be updated to include additional options for treating balled-and-burlapped nursery stock and grass sod being shipped from infested areas. It also, describes how B&B drenches can be done in a manner that would red...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) advises growers of the May 1 sales closing date for 2014 Nursery Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) coverage. According to RMA, MPCI Nursery insurance provides protection for wholesale nurseries producing and marketing nursery plants grown in standard nursery containers or in the field.  New policy applications may be filled at any time; however, all applicati...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

On March 14th, the House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Role of Lower-Skilled Guest Worker Programs in Today’s Economy.” Laura Reiff testified on behalf of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition (EWIC) of which ANLA is a member. ANLA and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) issued a joint statement advocating for l...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

ANLA has been a supporter of the National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) since its establishment in 2009. It is the only research site in the United States dedicated to the study of pests and diseases affecting the health of ornamental plants. Much of what know about Phytophthora ramorum (P. ram) is the result of ongoing studies at NORS-DUC, which we ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

On March 27th, USDA-APHIS posted online the long awaited results of the Farm Bill Section 10201 funding requests. This section of the Farm Bill is broadly defined as being dedicated to the identification, mitigation, and management of pests and diseases of specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery and greenhouse crops. The release of these funds was delayed, largely ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

The leadership of the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the research affiliate of the ANLA, is asking for comments from the nursery and landscape industry to help determine research issues and directions that HRI should take for the next five years. The on-line research survey can be found here.

The c...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

News broke over the weekend of a tentative deal among business and labor (chiefly represented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO respectively) on the parameters of a new visa program for foreign workers in industries requiring limited formal education. While business colleagues informed ANLA that they had not yet seen and signed off on final language, and Senator Marco Rubio cautio...

AmericanHort Contributor March 31 2013

On March 27th, the USDA-APHIS announced that $385,000 in federal Farm Bill research funds would be directed toward a group of researchers to study Impatiens Downy Mildew. ANLA, in cooperation with SAF, has been working with this group of academic and federal scientists for months to develop a coordinated research agenda. The project proposal was designed to answer fundamental questions about th...

AmericanHort Contributor March 28 2013

On March 27th the USDA-APHIS announced the spending plan for section 10201 of the Farm Bill – funding intended to tackle pest and disease prevention and management issues impacting specialty crops. Through collaboration and advocacy efforts ANLA successfully highlighted the threats boxwood blight and impatiens downy mildew pose to the industry and helped to guide over $1 million in research fun...

AmericanHort Contributor March 26 2013

Last week ANLA, in collaboration with SAF, submitted comments to the EPA’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA-SAP). The panel is reviewing efficacy guidelines that would be considerably stricter for pesticide labeling and could limit the arsenal of chemical options for treating some pests. Furthermore, the stricter guidelines would not ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 26 2013

Recently, OSHA published a fact sheet regarding new requirements for their Hazard Communication Standard. The changes bring the OSHA standard in line with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) standard. Many of the changes impact chemical producers, however, employers will need to address the aspects pertaining to training, workplace labeling and hazar...

AmericanHort Contributor March 26 2013

Congress has left Washington, D.C., for its “spring district work period.” Before adjourning, the Senate actually passed a budget for the first time in years, after a Friday night “vote-o-rama” that ran until about 5:00 a.m. Saturday morning.

Despite weeks of intense negotiations, both the Senate and House bipartisan working groups crafting bills to modernize America’s immigration...

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

US EPA, through their relationship with The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs is providing new pesticide training materials for farmerworkers’ families through the Project LEAF (Limiting Exposures Around Families). Project LEAF is a program to prevent take-home pesticide exposure to farmworker children. Pesticide take-home exposure occurs when farmworkers take-home pesticide residu...

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

USDA-APHIS recently released the results of an Environmental Assessment regarding treatment strategies for fire ants. The study suggests that the treatment manual should be updated to include additional options for treating balled-and-burlapped nursery stock and grass sod being shipped from infested areas. It also, describes how B&B drenches can be done in a manner that would reduce the number ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

Joint Congressional testimony submitted last week by the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) and PLANET urged Congress to maintain the H-2B program and to fully consider the need for better visa options for job opportunities defined as “lesser-skilled,” as Congress works to modernize America’s immigration system. The

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

On March 18, the American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) filed comments in response to an Internal Revenue Service notice of proposed rulemaking on the subject of “shared responsibility for employers regarding health coverage” under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The comments were filed on behalf of ANLA as well as government relations partners the National Christmas Tree Association an...

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

Last week, USDA-APHIS and the New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the successful eradication of Asian Longhorn Beetle (ALB). New Jersey is just the second state to accomplish this – Illinois being the other. Eradication is accomplished after all infested trees are removed and three years of surveys prove negative for beetle activity.

ALB, a native to Asia, was first dis...

AmericanHort Contributor March 20 2013

After a shortened window for Farm Bill section 10201 (Pest and Disease Management) grant submissions late last year, followed by an abbreviated review process by stakeholders – including ANLA – an announcement on a spending plan from USDA-APHIS was expected at the end of February. However, we are well into March and no announcements have been made.

Late last week, ANLA and some of...

AmericanHort Contributor March 12 2013

In 1995, the Lighthouse Program (LHP) was created to be the grassroots and national partnership program to unite the collective voice for the industry’s national and state associations on our shared interests. LHP continues to successfully serve that role, being the conduit through which over 10,000 member businesses participate. The partnership currently includes 41 state associations, the Nat...

AmericanHort Contributor March 12 2013

The pathogen Boxwood Blight (Calonectria pseudonaviculata) has shown an ability to infect every species of the family Buxaceae that has been evaluated, thus far. A recently published article includes the native Allegheny spurge (Pachysandra procumbens), which is found in isolated pockets from Florida to Pennsylvania, as a potential host. Although not as commonly planted as Japanes...

AmericanHort Contributor March 12 2013

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a new Form I-9. The revised Employment Eligibility Verification form (Form I-9) is two pages in length and includes new data fields such as foreign passport and country of issuance information, telephone number and email address. The Immigration and Nationality Act requires a Form I-9 be complete...

AmericanHort Contributor March 07 2013

Things are not always like they seem and, as usual, there's a man (and agency) behind the curtain pulling the strings. Find out what Charlie has to say about what is influencing the rallying markets and what effects will sequestration, the continuing resolution debate, and the impending debt ceiling have on the economy over the next several months.

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

February 28 was a day of action for hundreds of proponents of immigration reform from the faith, business, and agriculture communities. All day long, phone calls were placed to the office of Sen. Marco Rubio for leaning into the immigration issue and joining the Senate “gang of eight” that is drafting a bill.  Rubio’s rock-solid conservative credentials and rock star politician status position ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for 2013. Applications are due by May 31. A total of $21,000 will be awarded by the 7 scholarship funds in HRI's endowment.

Complete details and the applications are found at www.HRIResearch.org under the Scholarships tab.

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

On February 14, USDA’S National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) issued a notice of intent to revise and extend some surveys for the next three years. NASS prepares and issues state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition, as well as economic statistics, environmental statistics related to agriculture and also to conduct the Census of Agriculture. ...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

Senate Majority Leader Reid has introduced last year’s Senate-passed farm bill and said it is a top priority for Senate action. The Senate had passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S.2340) on June 21, 2012. The House Agriculture Committee followed suit by passing its own version of the farm bill last year, but the measure was not brought to the house floor for a vote.

E...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

The H-2B Workforce Coalition, of which ANLA is a founding member, held a briefing for Members of Congress and their staff early in February. The briefing featured the Commissioners of Agriculture from Louisiana and Texas, as well as a landscape contractor and golf course superintendent. They discussed the importance of the H-2B program to their state economies and individual businesses. The goa...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

ANLA and sixteen of our Lighthouse Program partner state associations signed onto a letter to Congress supporting H.R. 612, the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA). The letter was delivered to the offices of Congressmen Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Mike Michaud (D-ME), two co-sponsors of the bill, both of whom are on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The National Po...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to be the Environmental Protection Agency's next administrator. She would succeed Lisa Jackson, who left that post on February 14. McCarthy has served as the agency's assistant administrator for air and radiation. She will take the helm of the nation’s environmental agency at a time when climate change is expected to be a high priority.

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

The broad, automatic federal spending cuts known as “sequestration” were never really intended to take effect. Yet, the deadline for Congress and the Obama Administration to replace them with a more surgical approach has come and gone. The details of exactly how much will be cut from the various government agencies and how those cuts will be managed remains unclear. We have heard that some USDA...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

On February 26, ANLA hosted an exclusive member webinar on Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance. ANLA tax and horticultural law expert John Satagaj walked members through many details and considerations of the law for our industry, with which he has worked for 30 years. John is a highly respected business expert in his role as president and general counsel for the Small Business Legislative Cou...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

On February 25, ANLA hosted a webinar regarding new insights into Boxwood Blight. Over the course of ninety minutes the participating scientists from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, and IR-4 at Rutgers, shared with the participants new developments in...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

Last week, co-chairs Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA-4) and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16) announced the reorganization of the Specialty Crop Caucus. The role of the Caucus is to educate other members on the issues that specialty crop growers and processors face and advocate for policies that support this important segment of agriculture. Specialty crops include things like fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nur...

AmericanHort Contributor March 06 2013

Meetings are up, but the jury’s still out. That’s the best way to sum up the ongoing immigration negotiations in the Senate and House. In the Senate, four Democrats and four Republicans continue negotiating a bill. A separate negotiation is underway on to the agricultural provisions of a bill, with leadership from Senators Feinstein (CA), Rubio (FL), Bennet (CO), and Hatch (UT). ANLA is deeply ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 27 2013

On February 26, ANLA hosted a member webinar on the Affordable Care Act. The law is extraordinarily complicated, with some regulations still in the development stages. Business owners cannot yet see the pricing of insurance products in the market and on the government-run exchanges. Still, there is no time like the present to begin to assess what the law might mean, especially to larger employe...

AmericanHort Contributor February 27 2013

Last week ANLA, and some of our Lighthouse Program state association partners, signed onto a letter, in support of the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA), H.R. 612. The letter was delivered to Rep. Ribble (R-WI) and Rep. Michaud (D-ME), two co-sponsors of the bill, who are on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The original letter, drafted by the National Potat...

AmericanHort Contributor February 27 2013

Today (Thursday, February 28) you can take one small, quick, yet important step to support meaningful Congressional action on immigration reform. How? Simply place a call to the office of Sen. Marco Rubio, to thank him and encourage his continued leadership in the Congressional push to modernize America’s immigration system. 

  Sen. Rubio (R-FL) has become part of the “Gang of Eight...

AmericanHort Contributor February 20 2013

ANLA members may register now to participate in a “Surviving Obamacare: Understanding the Affordable Care Act” webinar.  The webinar will be held Tuesday, February 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern time.  It will feature issue experts John Satagaj, who serves as president of the Small Business Legislative Council and legal consultant to ANLA; as well as Lynn Jacquez, with ANLA’s labor an...

AmericanHort Contributor February 20 2013

Late last week U.S. Senate Democrats drafted a bill designed to delay, by ten months, the deep cuts scheduled to begin on March 1st, as a result of the sequester. The $110 billion bill would be split 50/50 with half from spending cuts and half from new revenue. The revenue would come from a Buffet-like rule that would place a 30% minimum tax on those with an adjusted gross annual income of more...

AmericanHort Contributor February 13 2013

Of the nineteen centers included in the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN), seventeen would likely not survive without the $5 million of federal funding that have been provided yearly through the Farm Bill since the beginning of the Network in 2009. Last year, as the U.S. Senate and House were putting together their versions of a new Farm Bill support for the NCPN was strong. With an eye towar...

AmericanHort Contributor February 13 2013

As the immigration reform debate in Congress heats up, a group of faith, law enforcement and business leaders officially kicked off the “Bibles, Badges and Business for Immigration Reform” (BBB) network on February 11. This national network resulted from two years of alliance-building between conservative faith, law enforcement and business leadership in the Mountain West, Midwest and Southeast...

AmericanHort Contributor February 13 2013

As the next big fiscal deadline draws near, Members of Congress of both parties are testing the waters of public sentiment and considering options for the scheduled deep federal spending cuts known as “sequestration.” The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) now calculates that sequestration will require an annual reduction of roughly 5 percent for nondefense discretionary government programs ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2013

HRI hosted another successful member and donor reception at MANTS in January. Bob Dolibois was recognized for his 21 years of service as ANLA Executive Vice President.   We wish Bob continued success as he enters into retirement and pursues other endeavors. Donations were made in honor of the Dolibois Family throughout 2012 and at the reception.  We extend our sincere appreciation to ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2013

Robert Couch of Dayton Bag and Burlap, Dayton, OH began his term as HRI President for 2013. The HRI leadership welcomes Jon Reelhorn of Belmont Nursery, Fresno, California as the newest member of the HRI Executive Committee.

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2013

HRI raised $15,000 from green industry members and the Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association in 2012 in support of Boxwood Blight research. These funds were distributed to Drs. Kelly L. Ivors at North Carolina State University and James LaMondia at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Research Foundation, Inc. Dr. LaMondia will also receive FY2013 funding through the HRI competi...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2013

HRI continues to dedicate time and effort to supporting the research needs of the green industry community.  Through the donor supported competitive grants program, HRI has selected 12 research projects and 7 scholarships to receive funding totaling $306,000 in 2013. Of the $306,000, $21,000 will be awarded to student scholarships, HRI’s highest level of scholarship funding to date. ...

AmericanHort Contributor February 12 2013

On January 25, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled in Noel Canning v. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that President Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill NLRB vacancies with Democrats Sharon Block and Richard Griffin.

The president appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board last January and sa...

AmericanHort Contributor February 11 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has reintroduced last year’s Senate-passed farm bill and said it is a top priority for Senate action. The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S.2340) on June 21, 2012. The House Agriculture Committee followed suit by passing its own version of the farm bill last year, but the measure was not brought to the house floor for a vote. Both versi...

AmericanHort Contributor February 11 2013

The H-2B Workforce Coalition, of which ANLA is a founding member, held a briefing for Members of Congress and their staff on February 4. The briefing featured the Commissioners of Agriculture from Louisiana and Texas, as well as a landscape contractor and golf course superintendent. They discussed the importance of the H-2B program to their state economies and individual businesses. The goal of...

AmericanHort Contributor February 11 2013

Momentum is building for a federal legislative effort to modernize America’s immigration system. The November, 2012, elections were a wake-up call for the Republican Party that it needs to reframe its position on immigration and appeal to immigrant and especially Hispanic voters, or face dire consequences in national and many state-wide races. Adding to the momentum, more and more lawmakers a...

AmericanHort Contributor February 07 2013

ANLA is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET, looking at the impact on our industry of the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." John Satagaj, ANLA's longtime small business tax and healthcare expert, will address what is included in the bill, the potential financial impact on your business and what choices you as a business owner need to make.

AmericanHort Contributor February 06 2013

“Lobbyists are elbowing into the talks over immigration reform to ensure they aren’t left out in the cold when lawmakers move forward with legislation,” according to The Hill newspaper, which reports on happenings in and around the U.S. Congress. The article looked to the American Nursery and Landscape Association for insights on the renewed push in Congress for a modernized immigration system....

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.<...

AmericanHort Contributor January 02 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa Jackson, announced last week that she will be stepping down from her position. Resignations of senior officials in an administration are common at the end of a first term. She cited interests in returning to New Jersey to pursue other challenges and spend more time with her family.

Under Ms. Jackson’s leadership, the EPA has be...

AmericanHort Contributor January 02 2013

In the early hours of 2013, the Senate passed American Taxpayer Relief Act (89-8) followed by the U.S. House, which passed it last night (257-157), mostly on the backs of Democrat support. This bill will bring additional revenue into the federal coffers, temporarily pushing off the effects of the sequestration — immediate and deep cuts in military and other discretionary spending — and permanen...

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

HRI and Alternative Substrates Research

Over the last several years, the Horticultural Research Institute, Inc. USDA-ARS, and Land Grant Universities, along with Nursery and Greenhouse cooperators have directed considerable resources toward research and development of alternative container substrates. The following videos were recorded at the Southern Nursery Ass...

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor January 01 2013

AmericanHort Contributor October 17 2012

A recent report from the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension showed considerable variability in the susceptibility of Boxwoods (Buxus spp.) to Boxwood Blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum). The researchers evaluated twenty-four varieties and found B. sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’ to be the most susceptible. Unfortunately, Suffruticosa (Commo...