Whats New

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.

Katie Gustafson October 13 2020

It’s common for growers, especially beginning growers, to approach the use of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) with caution and even anxiety. PGRs can do amazing things - encouraging or inhibiting plant growth, branching, rooting, flowering, fruiting, and more - but we’ve all heard horror stories of entire crops lost due to inappropriate PGR usage and none of us want to be the next ca...

Katie Gustafson October 13 2020

Despite getting plenty of practice this year with virtual events, many of us still find online conferences to be a bit daunting. Here at AmericanHort, we are so excited to be bringing you the online DIG Conference: Disease, Insects, and Growth Regulators and believe that the 20+ grower education sessions, panels, and, networking events will be invaluable as you plan your I...

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

AmericanHort Contributor February 27 2020

It is difficult to deny that there has been an ever-increasing secularization of our society. Despite this significant trend, employers today are still being confronted with issues related to their employees’ religious beliefs. The issues arise in a variety of contexts. Among the most common have been issues related to conflicts between an employer’s dress code and the religious clo...

AmericanHort Contributor February 18 2020

By Holly Scoggins, Director of Educational Programming, AmericanHort

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

Tristan Daedalus February 14 2020

By Tristan Daedalus & Jill Calabro, PhD

What is SCRI and what does it do?

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

Tristan Daedalus January 20 2020

The trucking sector has undergone several regulatory changes over the past few years.  Altogether, these changes have made shipping green products slightly more complicated.  AmericanHort has been on the forefront of this fight, working to make the regulatory environment cleare...

AmericanHort Contributor December 09 2019

AmericanHort announces the newest member affinity partner, Plant Sentry™, an online comprehensive plant compliance tool. Plant Sentry was built using feedback from green industry leaders, including advocacy partners such as AmericanHort, along with federal and state regulatory officials.

As the shipment of live plants across state lin...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 09 2019

For more information, contact Jennifer Gray, Research Programs Administrator at jenniferg@americanhort.org or 614.884.1155
 
One of the most important tenets of plant pathology is that the first step to effectively controlling a plant disease is identifying its cause. Otherwise, control measures could be ineffective, le...

Cari Peters is proud to be following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps as the third generation of the Peters at the J.R. Peters company where she currently serves as Vice President.

Vegetable and herb transplants were “garden stars” at retail this past spring and All-America Selections remains at the forefront of breeding trends and consumer demands when it comes to edibles. Join this session to learn more about the trending varieties and assortments you can and should grow for 2021, with some production and retail insights included. Plus get the latest updates...

Paul Westervelt brings his renowned enthusiasm for perennials with highlights from the Saunders Brothers Zone 7a trials; including those all-important scheduling/growing tips for container production.

Plant Trial List - https://www.americanhort.org/resource/resmgr/perennial-trials-weste...

Join us for this showcase of new annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs that shined in third party/grower trial gardens. Our presenters will also share those all-important production tips to help you succeed with these hot new varieties. Get both a northern and southern perspective on plant performance as Greg Michalak and Mark Yelanich share their top annuals from bed, basket, and container...

AmericanHort will host a webinar to help green industry businesses and HR professionals plan for the 2021 season using H2 workers, J-1 interns, and other common visa types. Come listen to experts who will share informed opinions on what employers might expect as you navigate the approval process for 2021.

 

This program will feature brief agency updates from Kristi B...

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

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

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

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

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