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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...

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.

Join AmericanHort Advocacy & Policy Communications Director Tristan Daedalus, Director of Government Affairs Tal Coley, K-Coe Principal Bryce Gibbs, and Smith & Howard partner Tim Howe for an in-depth discussion on the internet sales tax and what it has meant for businesses since the Wayfair decision last August.

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...