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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

HRI seeks grant applications for FY2014. The May 15 deadline is approaching! HRI particularly seeks proposals for research focusing on:

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in nursery crop production systems;
  • Regulatory issues and emerging opportunities in the nursery and landscape industry; Environmentally responsible management practices;
  • Research that incre...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

DOL cannot currently implement its H-2B program rule due to a preliminary injunction issued last year by a federal judge in the Northern District of Florida. On April 1st, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the injunction decision reached in the Northern District of Florida. This is a great decision for H-2B employers and ANLA would like to thank the law firms of Greenberg Traurig and C...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

Following months of inaction on this vital legislation, both chambers of Congress appear to be picking up the pace and have scheduled mark-ups on their draft versions of a new Farm Bill. This is a large bill that will likely come with a nearly $1 trillion price tag over ten years. However, both the House and Senate have made it clear that deficit reducing cuts will be made.

  The Ho...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

Arguably the two most influential individuals on Capitol Hill regarding tax reform – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), and the House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI-4) – have set their eyes on completing comprehensive tax reform before the end of the year. Both men have suggested eagerness to work together to see it happen and both face a time imperative for getting i...

AmericanHort Contributor May 07 2013

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has introduced his own E-Verify and agricultural reform bills, and plans hearings for mid-May. The ag bill, known as the Agricultural Guestworker Act, is quite different from the employer/Farmworker agreement that has been added to S.744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill. While it has a few attractive features, and would relieve farmers o...

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 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 ...

This spring was a whirlwind for Garden Retail Centers as the industry quickly adjusted to market conditions and implemented new marketing techniques and new sales technology.

Join AmericanHort as Katie Dubow of Garden Media Group facilitates a diverse panel of retailers with different business strengths to share how they make innovative changes to accommodate “the new now&r...

Jennifer Moss, AmericanHort GenerationNext Community Connector, Moss Greenhouses and Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement. In this interview, we will hear from Jennifer Moss, owner and director of sales and marketing at Moss Greenhouses in Jerome, Idaho.

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Join AmericanHort staff along with senior associates Kala Jenkins and Beth Swanson from K-Coe Isom, the nation’s leading agricultural consulting and accounting firm, to discuss recent developments on the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protec...

Kathy Fediw, AmericanHort Interior Plantscape Hall of Fame Inductee, 2020 & Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement
In this interview, we will hear from Kathy Fediw, interior plantscape consultant, author, trainer, speaker, and 2020 AmericanHort Inter...

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...

Susie Raker-Zimmerman, AmericanHort Chairwoman of the Board, Raker-Roberta's Young Plants & Mary Beth Cowardin Vice President Membership and Strategic Engagement.  In this interview, we will hear from Susie Raker-Zimmerman, Vice President of Raker Roberta’s Young Plants.

In an instant, nearly every business has shifted to remote working to protect it's employees and public health. But it doesn't take long to realize that virtual communication is anything but business as usual. In this session, Neal Glatt will walk attendees through the communication changes and cultural shifts that drive them in the past, present, and future to equip you for success.