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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.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 30 2020

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California ruled that the label warning requirement for glyphosate under California’s Proposition 65 is unfounded. Therefore, Bayer is not required to include a cancer warning on products containing the herbicide. This follows the judge’s preliminary ruling in 2018 and is permanent and final.

Judge William B...

Tal Coley June 30 2020

Reps. Austin Scott (R-GA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) are teaming up to have H.R. 1673, The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019, inserted into the House Transportation and Infrastructure bill this week as a floor amendment. As mentioned in prior newsletters, their legislation would modify the current agricultural commodity definition for transportation to explicitly include the horticultur...

Tal Coley June 30 2020

Beth Swanson and Kala Jenkins from K·Coe Isom joined AmericanHort on June 19 for a webinar to discuss the latest regulations for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). AmericanHort partners with K·Coe Isom, one of the leading national agricultural accounting firms, to assist the organization with tax issues as well as provide additional services for Premium members.

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Craig Regelbrugge June 30 2020

On July 22, President Trump signed a new immigration and visa action titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.&rdquo...

Craig Regelbrugge June 30 2020

On June 22, AmericanHort filed official comments urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make nursery and floriculture producers eligible for direct relief under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The comments were signed by a total of 104 national, regional, and state nursery,...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 17 2020

The 9th Circuit Court recently ruled to vacate the registrations of certain dicamba products in response to issues with soybean production. In the court’s ruling, it declared that EPA ‘substantially underestimated the risks it acknowledged.’

The decision follows thousands of complaints of off-site movement of certain dicamba products when applied to genetically mo...

Jennifer Gray June 17 2020

In case you missed it, Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) recently launched a new web-based research series that sheds light on key industry research findings. The series is called tHRIve and aims to do just that: help the industry flourish. The first series is now available, including sessions on:

  • daily light integral maps and measurements to better predict plant growt...

Craig Regelbrugge June 17 2020

On June 11, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the successful completion of actions taken by federal and state plant health officials to eliminate Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 from U.S. greenhouses. This announcement comes just two months after the pathogen was first detected on geranium (Pelargonium) in a Michigan ...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan June 17 2020

We expect the President to issue an order within days that will place new restrictions on nonimmigrant visa programs. President Trump’s April 22 Proclamation called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to review current temporary worker program and to recommend “measures appropriate to stimulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and emp...

Craig Regelbrugge June 17 2020

Unrooted annual, perennial, and even some woody plant cuttings produced in growing operations outside the U.S. have become very important to the U.S. horticulture supply chain. In recent years, roughly two billion such cuttings have been imported to be finished here. But the cuttings are highly perishable, and any delays in the import process can lead to diminished quality or even product lo...

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.

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 Tal C...

Dr. Bridget Behe helps retailers construct a better retail environment and an easier shopping process for the consumer. She presents timely information to help Garden Centers with near-term options given the Coronavirus outbreak and IGC strategies for the new rules that may be legally or ethically in place. This webinar is the final in a 3-part series by Dr. Behe and has been modified to reflec...

More than half of all purchases at any retail outlet occur at the point of purchase, making displays critical elements in the purchase process. According to some studies, well-executed displays can increase sales by up to 300%. Dr. Behe will present findings from multiple studies, some of which utilize eye-tracking to follow the shopper’s gaze, to help retailers understand how to construc...

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?