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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.

Tal Coley March 11 2020

With the Congressional appropriations season underway, the AmericanHort advocacy team is reaching out to House offices who control the nation’s purse strings. We’ve met recently with House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee members, Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and John Moolenaar (R-MI), this past week with additional visits scheduled. These visits enable us to educate decisi...

Tal Coley March 11 2020

A bipartisan Congressional letter was sent to the House Appropriations Subcommittee handling transportation issues last week, asking that the 'agricultural commodity' language from the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act be included in FY2021 appropriations bills. The effort, which was led by Reps. Austin Scott (R-GA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), yielded 33 signatures in total-- 26 Republi...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 11 2020

USDA-APHIS announced new requirements for BuxusEuonymus, and Ilex entering the U.S. from Canada in response to box tree moth presence in Ontario.

Effective immediately, these plant species, including propagative material, must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration certifying that the plants have...

Craig Regelbrugge March 11 2020

On March 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it plans to make 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas available this fiscal year. Unfortunately, while the 35,000 visas would mark the highest number of supplemental visas that the Administration has chosen to release over the past few years, the number still falls woefully short of the needs of the landscape and horticulture ind...

AmericanHort Contributor February 27 2020

It is difficult to deny that there has been an ever-increasing secularization of our society. Despite this significant trend, employers today are still being confronted with issues related to their employees’ religious beliefs. The issues arise in a variety of contexts. Among the most common have been issues related to conflicts between an employer’s dress code and the religious clo...

Craig Regelbrugge February 26 2020

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2020. Feb. 18, 2020, was the final receipt date for new ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 26 2020

A federal jury in Missouri ruled in favor of a peach farmer, to the tune of $265 million, in a lawsuit against Bayer and BASF for damages attributed to offsite movement of dicamba.

The lawsuit was brought by a farmer in Missouri claiming damage to his peach orchard from dicamba used by neighboring farmers in 2016. Dicamba’s use increased following the introduction of dicamba-...

Jennifer Gray February 26 2020

Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort foundation, has created Best Management Practices for Boxwood Health in the Landscape, a set of practices aimed at dealing with boxwood blight in the landscape.

The new BMPs feature new fi...

Tal Coley February 26 2020

A major win in the 2018 Farm Bill for the industry is beginning to take shape. A feasibility study for federal greenhouse crop insurance, led by economic consulting firm Watts & Associates, is in the initial stages and AmericanHort is contributing to its development.

The study will look at crafting an insurance policy based on the risk of regulated plant pests, contamination, w...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan February 26 2020

The Wall Street Journal reported on February 21 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to release an additional 45,000 supplemental H-2B visas for fiscal year 2020, although the article does state that these are preliminary numbers a...

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

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

Do you want to have more control when it comes to the plants you’re growing? Learn and discuss Identifying and problem-solving issues with your plants, best practices to force plants to flower, fruit, start growing – or stop. In addition, learn how to manage the flavor of your plants via nutrients, lighting, and other environmental factors

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Take 20 minutes to learn some tips and tricks that take some stress out of poinsettia season from interior plantscaper, Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors.

Presented on October 17, 2018