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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.

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...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 15 2020

The intelligent sprayer, a precision agriculture tool originally designed for use in nursery production, is featured in USDA ARS’ 2019 Annual Report on Science, an honor of distinction reserved for outstanding research developments supported by USDA ARS.
This technology is a rare example of a technology dev...

Craig Regelbrugge July 15 2020

Ever since the Department of Homeland Security was created in the wake of 9-11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors have been on the front lines inspecting incoming commodities and other cargo and packaging for invasive pests that threaten agriculture, landscapes, and the environment. Unfortunately, these inspections are largely funded through user fees, and the pandemic-related...

Craig Regelbrugge July 15 2020

On Tuesday, July 7, AmericanHort advocacy committee member and Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) President Tyler Francis, along with ANA Executive Director Cheryl Goar, had the opportunity to participate in an Ag Roundtable with Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The event, organized by Sen. Martha McSally, allowed them and other representatives from agricultural commodity groups and The Un...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan July 15 2020

During the past two weeks, the House Appropriations Committee has passed all of its Fiscal 2021 funding bills out of subcommittee and some bills out of full committee. The House plans to take up all of the annual spending bills on the House floor by the end of July. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not yet scheduled action on its Fiscal 2021 funding measures.
On Thursday, the Appr...

Tal Coley July 15 2020

The Department of Agriculture announced eligibility of some additional commodities to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on July 9, the first pronouncement since a comment period ended on eligibility for commodities not part of the program.
The statement noted that numerous smaller food commodities have now been added to the CFAP program and modifications have been made to ex...

Tal Coley July 15 2020

With money still left in the program, the application date for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended until August 8th, giving business owners an extra month to apply for loans.
The application period for the program was slated to expire on June 30th — however, the Small Business Administration revealed that over $130B remained unspent at the time of closure. The e...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 30 2020

Researchers confirmed the first finding of Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in South Carolina. A homeowner in Charleston County found a suspicious looking insect that was later identified by specialists at Clemson University’s Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic and USDA APHIS. At least four maple trees had live beetles present.

Only five other states have reported ALB infestations...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 30 2020

Bayer announced last week that it has reached settlement agreements that will resolve several outstanding lawsuits related to Roundup (glyphosate). According to a Bayer press release, “The company will make a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation, including an allowance expected to cover unresolved claims, and $1.25 billion to support a separ...

Meet Liz Lark-Riley, managing director at Rockledge Gardens, the largest and most complete garden center and nursery in Brevard County and central coastal Florida. Rockledge Gardens has
    been family owned and operated since 1960 and is known as the one-stop resource for the best in Florida gardening. Liz’s background in events, marketing, and performing arts have prepa...

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...

Exclusive access to the AmericanHort Advocacy and Research Team during this Quarterly Advocacy Brief webinar series. Attendees get the latest news from Washington D.C. and are able to ask questions on how it affects your business

Signed into law on June 5th, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act triggered an updated round of regulations for PPP loans, many of which provide additional flexibility to key provisions of the program. These concepts include the covered period, payroll cost thresholds, loan maturity, loan deferral period, as well as updated forms for forgiveness.  Join Tal Coley ...

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...

Quarterly webinars, exclusively available to AmericanHort Premium Members, provide the latest information in DC on pressing issues for our industry, led by AmericanHort’s Industry Advocacy & Research Team. 

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