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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 January 30 2013

On January 28, a bipartisan group of eight US Senators unveiled a blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform. The blueprint, offered by Democrats Schumer (NY), Durbin (IL), Menendez (NJ) and Bennet (CO) and Republicans McCain (AZ), Flake (AZ), Graham (SC),...

AmericanHort Contributor January 23 2013

Baited black traps in a pyramid shape attract significantly more brown marmorated stink bugs than other traps, according to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Entomologist Tracy Leskey at the ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, W.V., focused on visual stimuli that can attract the stink bugs to traps that will help farmers monitor the level of infestation in the...

AmericanHort Contributor January 23 2013

Last week the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) re-launched www.healthcare.gov, a site the agency says will begin answering questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace (i.e., Health Insurance Exchange), a cornerstone component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

In recent months ANLA and OFA member...

AmericanHort Contributor January 23 2013

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is calling on producers – including nursery and greenhouse growers -- to complete forms for the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The Census is the only source of uniform, comprehensive and impartial agricultural data for every county in the nation. "It's important for farmers and ranchers in America today to stand up and be counted by participating in the Census of ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 16 2013

ANLA’s Bischoff Appointed to Federal Invasive Species Committee Last week the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed ANLA’s Director of Government Relations, Dr. Joe Bischoff, to the federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC). This committee, made of up of non-federal stakeholders, advises the National Invasive Species Council (NISC), which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 16 2013

On January 3, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule on Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives. In short, the rule would allow certain immedia"te relatives of U.S. citizens, who are physically and unlawfully present in the U.S. and can demonstrate that “extreme hardship” would be caused by separation, to request prov...

AmericanHort Contributor January 09 2013

ANLA, OFA and our partners in the Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance spent the last year working intently with the agriculture committees in the U.S. House and Senate in the crafting of the contents that led to the drafts of the 2012 Farm Bill. Both the U.S. Senate version (passed 64-35) and the U.S. House Agriculture Committee version (passed 35-11) had strong bipartisan support and both identi...

AmericanHort Contributor January 09 2013

ANLA and OFA have received reports suggesting that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) might be stepping up audit activity of employers in our industry. As is the case with other types of government audits like wage & hour and I-9 audits, there are general good practices to follow. Each case also has unique facts and circumstances, so it is important to seek and follow good professional advice.<...

AmericanHort Contributor January 02 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Lisa Jackson, announced last week that she will be stepping down from her position. Resignations of senior officials in an administration are common at the end of a first term. She cited interests in returning to New Jersey to pursue other challenges and spend more time with her family.

Under Ms. Jackson’s leadership, the EPA has be...

AmericanHort Contributor January 02 2013

In the early hours of 2013, the Senate passed American Taxpayer Relief Act (89-8) followed by the U.S. House, which passed it last night (257-157), mostly on the backs of Democrat support. This bill will bring additional revenue into the federal coffers, temporarily pushing off the effects of the sequestration — immediate and deep cuts in military and other discretionary spending — and permanen...

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. 

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...