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

Glyphosate-based herbicides have provided efficient, safe and cost-effective weed control for more than 40 years, but recent reports and events have raised concerns over its safety. Come learn about the EPA’s position, the mountain of scientific evidence that supports its safety, and uses in the green industry, including the pro’s and con’s of glyphosate alternatives. Panelist...

How do you communicate the ROI of investing in biophilic design to your clients? How do you talk about your services and fees? What’s the value of broadening your design identity into a brand that includes science? How do you develop relationships with other building professionals and become part of an interdisciplinary team? How do you nurture an internship program?

 

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, Tal Coley & Craig Regelbrugge.

Dick Kramp, Founder & CEO of AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands will be presenting on growing crops with the highest possible yield and quality by creating the optimal environment in your growing facility through cogeneration. Well-integrated cogeneration, supplying heat, electricity, and CO2, can help you to achieve these goals for the lowest possible price. 

This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from garden center owners on their experience using the financial metrics discussed in the Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability like pricing...

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 Ta...

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program, or GCP for short. The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each a...

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...

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 & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs