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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.

Charlie Hall April 28 2020

As I write this column, the country is in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, with almost 900,000 cases and over 49,000 deaths in the US to date. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc from a national health perspective, as well as an economic perspective. But before I discuss the economic crisis, allow me to share background details of the virus itself.
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Charlie Hall March 18 2020

In an age of tight margins, it is essential for firms to have full and accurate information about inflationary trends so that they can better understand the cost of operating their business for managerial decision-making such as SKU rationalization, customer profitability analyses, and determining the need for price increases. The use of the standard Producers Price Index (PPI) and

Charlie Hall August 29 2019

AmericanHort Chief Economist Charlie Hall’s Keynote speech at Cultivate’19, Even Greater Uncertainty, focused on the economic outlook of the horticulture industry.  Did you miss his presentation? Do you want to look it over again? Access the slides here.
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Charlie Hall April 04 2017

With the first quarter of 2017 over, we have an incomplete picture of the economy. Retail sales were reported to have risen modestly in February. However, the first quarter spending total is likely to be moderately strong, but slower than in the 4th quarter 2016. Job and wage growth has been supportive, but gasoline prices have risen over the last year, decreasing household disposable income sl...

Charlie Hall December 08 2015

Lifestyle Horticulture is known around the world by different names. In the United States, it is casually referred to as the green industry and more formally as the environmental horticulture industry. Lifestyle horticulture is a rapidly growing and very visible component of the world economy, but interestingly there is little information available at the national and international level. Read ...

Charlie Hall August 03 2015

As I am writing this article, I am taking a few days off visiting my folks in western North Carolina in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. One of my favorite activities is to climb the hill in the back of their homestead to view the valley below. As I do so this time, I am struck by how different the landscape looks than when my folks first moved there. The nursery is no longer there, of course,...

Charlie Hall April 27 2015

Currently, two colleagues (Bridget Behe at Michigan State and Marco Palma at Texas A&M) and I are in the midst of wrapping up the final stages of a Horticultural Research Institute grant we received to conduct a study regarding the effects of demographics on the green industry. We envision the results of this project being synergistic with AmericanHort’s latest retail endeavor: a year...

Charlie Hall January 21 2015

Every January, economists are asked for their projections for the coming year. Will the economy grow this year? How many jobs will be added? What’s the Fed going to do? How will the financial markets react? To answer these questions, we build elaborate models of the economy and try to be precise, but there are simply too many variables to include them all.

The Federal Reserve empl...

Charlie Hall January 12 2015

I understand why I should shop local, and I do. I’ve always thought locally-owned businesses add the flair, the uniqueness, the character, and the differences that make a community shine. Without them, one city is pretty much like all the rest.

I also understand the economics and the importance of spending local dollars in local businesses, and the value of those dollars recirculat...

Charlie Hall November 18 2014

In this segment, AmericanHort Chief Economist, Dr. Charlie Hall talks about the latest economic indicators, including some of the surprises from Halloween and the Mid-term elections. Then he turns his attention to 2015 and what we can expect given what the data are telling us at this point. The bottom line is make sure your pencils are sharpened and you've got your planning hat on!

Charlie Hall November 08 2014

In this segment, Charlie continues with his theme of change — this time talking about the economy and why it has been so volatile this year. A number of factors are to blame, but mostly arising from stuff occurring around the world that are mostly out of our control. Bottom line, there is very little, economically-speaking, that is holding us back from having a great fall season in the industry...

Charlie Hall October 29 2014

After one of my recent speaking engagements during which I challenged participants in the audience to think about the real value that their firm provides to the marketplace, I received quite a few emails from folks asking about how to create a compelling value proposition that would accentuate a growers’ competitive strategy in the face of this less-than-stellar economic recovery. To answer tha...

Charlie Hall July 30 2014

In the coming decades, no natural resource may prove to be more critical to human health and well-being than water. Yet, there is abundant evidence that the condition of water resources in many parts of the United States is deteriorating. Our institutions appear to have limited capacity to manage water-based habitats to maintain and improve species diversity and provide ecosystem services while...