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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 April 09 2013

Borrowing inspiration from the sport of the spring season, news reports are all over the ballpark regarding progress on immigration. Many say that the agricultural sector (including nursery and greenhouse growers) is the big sticking point. It is true that getting the details of reform right in agriculture is high-stakes. Said the American Nursery & Landscape Association’s vice president for go...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

The National Ornamental Research Site at Dominican University in California (NORS-DUC) is gathering information in preparation for a USDA-ARS study looking into the susceptibility of various Rhododendron cultivars to Phytophthora ramorum. Most previous studies have focused on Cunningham's White, which is known to be especially susceptible.

The purpose of this study is ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

Last week the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) informed the USDA that Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma (APP) was identified from an apple orchard (Pacific Gala) in Nova Scotia, Canada. This marks the first discovery of the disease in North America. While it is still unknown how the tree became infected, trace-back information gathered by Canadian officials shows that in 2008 the tree was i...

AmericanHort Contributor April 09 2013

According to a committee aide – Senator Debbie Stabenow, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman, intends to restart the Farm Bill debate at the end of April. Last year the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill, only to see it stall in the House. With a new year and new congress the Senate must begin the process over again.

Despite the broad bipartisan support for the Senate crafted ...

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

Joe Baer: Digital Signage
Don't just sit there! National merchandising expert Joe Baer shares the rapidly growing trend of digital signage from iPads and monitors to projections on walls and other surfaces. Trend Alert! Digital signage isn't one-size-fits-all. You'll find applications from small shelf signs to projections on store fronts and bill boards.

AmericanHort Contributor April 02 2013

Joe Baer: Repurposing Existing Equipment
Pallets have a bad rap! National merchandising expert Joe Baer looks at hip, new ways to incorporate them into your merchandising. Trend Alert! Joe also shares retail shopping tech trends including digital signage, instant info on your smart phone and accepting payment anywhere.

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...

An in-depth look on how to increase sales by enhancing retail signage. 
1-7-20-Retail-Signage-Handout.pdf

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.

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.