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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.

Craig Regelbrugge March 05 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan
 
H-2B Cap Hit – On February 22, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B cap for the second half of FY 2019 was reached on February 19. According to USCIS, it used a computer-generated process, or lottery, to determine ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

Andrew Wheeler, the acting EPA Administrator, looks to be on track to be approved as the permanent Administrator. AmericanHort recently joined a group of 30+ organizations to urge the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to quickly confirm his nomination. Wheeler’s experience as a career EPA employee and time spent as staff director and legal counsel of the Senate committee with ...

Tal Coley February 19 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to issue final regulations relating to the tax reform package that was passed at the end of 2017. In mid-January, the IRS issued some final regulations for section 199A, which pertains to some in our industry.  
 
AmericanHort members enjoy the benefits of our partnership with K-Coe Is...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

Authors: Jill Calabro, PhD, & Craig Regelbrugge

With the new spending agreement signed into law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $66 million to support 407 projects that will strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, and safeguard the nursery production system. USDA provides fun...

Craig Regelbrugge February 19 2019

In a recent daily blog post, economist Elliott Eisenberg reported that as of December 31, 2018, there were a record 7.335 million job openings, and 6.294 million unemployed persons, or 1.17 jobs for every unemployed person, the ninth consecutive month openings have exceeded the unemployed. Relatedly, the number of job openings has exceeded the number hired since January 2015. The number of open...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

The chlorpyrifos debate continues, as the Ninth Circuit Court granted EPA’S request to rehear the case en banc. This means that the Chief Judge and a panel of ten randomly drawn judges will rehear the case in late March. The prior, three-judge panel decision will not be cited as a precedent in any court moving forward. 
 
The three-judge panel decided...

Craig Regelbrugge February 19 2019

Authors:  Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan
 
On February 15, President Trump signed into law a funding bill for several federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The funding law includes the same H-2B discretionary language as last year, which gives DHS th...

AmericanHort Contributor February 08 2019

Authors: Joe Baer, Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, ZenGenius & Jalpa Patel, Senior Visual Merchandiser and Interior Architect, ZenGenius

At ZenGenius, we believe that everything has a right place, at the right time, for the right reason.

Knowing where to place your products and how to arrange them can make all the difference

between a customer pa...

Katie Gustafson February 08 2019

Marketing. Even if you work in marketing every day, it can be difficult to define.  When people think of marketing, they might think of coupons, radio ads, social media, sales, emails or a whole host of other things, but it comes down to this: Marketing is anything you do to get your customers interested in somethin...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 06 2019

I’m not a big fan of winter. It’s just too cold and dark; plus, I like the greenness of spring and summer.

Since I won’t be moving to any subtropical or tropical climates anytime soon, I’ve learned to look for the positives of winter. For example, the first snow fall can be pretty, and I love seeing the arctic swans on the bay on my Sunday morning runs. An...

The webinar addresses why you should use sanitation practices at plant production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results. 

Presenter: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an assistant professor at the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Her rese...

Business software comes in many shapes and sizes, but how do you know what system is right for your company? In this webinar, learn the building blocks of business systems, the relationship between growth and complexity, how to know if your business is ready for a change, and the keys to a successful implementation. 

Presenter: Greg Lafferty, Senior Account Manager, Pract...

The first webinar of our brand-new series: Quarterly Advocacy Brief - An Advocacy Update on Workforce Development and the ABC's of H2A featuring Chris Schulte, CJ-Lake LLC, and Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort

Part one of the webinar will provide a brief but comprehensive update on our advocacy for labor relief - H-2A visa reform, more ...

Andy Bruney of T. Load Specialties will give insights and advice on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. He'll be explaining how these new regulations are impacting the logistics industry while also taking a closer look at the impact they have on the horticulture industry. This webinar is aimed to help shippers and receivers be more prepared for the upcoming season as motor carri...

Industry Insider Report: A Perspective on Profit Margin – this is a panel discussion with Charlie Hall, AmericanHort’s Chief Economist and three industry members. They discuss what they learned from the information shared in the series of Industry Insider Report videos and share some of the practices they are putting in place in their own businesses to help address these market dyna...

What does the new tax law mean for green industry businesses? Prominent agriculture accounting and business advisory firm, K-Coe Isom, will walk us through various aspects of the new tax regulations and what will impact horticulture industry businesses the most.

Presented by: K-Coe Isom, January 31, 2018

Ever wonder what consumers think when they shop for plants? We do! A team of researchers has been investigating the plant selection and shopping process for a few years with eye-tracking glasses. While we can’t hear what consumers are thinking (exactly), we can understand what they are thinking about by watching where their eyes travel. Dr. Bridget Behe will present key findings from rece...

Mobile tools boost business productivity by moving data entry staff out of the back office and onto more productive tasks. Mobile apps extend functionality to your team in the field and deliver real time data to your business. This webinar will provide you with an overview of 8 mobile tools that give growers an edge over their competition, lower labor costs, and streamline business. 

In this segment of Charlie's Angle, Charlie clarifies a couple of things from his mid-year economic outlook webinar and emphasizes that there is still time to make strategic investments in your business before the next economic downturn. These investments can be technology-related, of course, and what makes ...

Tom Buechel is a horticulture graduate with an emphasis in business and industry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has spent the last 25 + years learning, planning, certifying, and executing advanced growing practices by developing unique systems and utilizing exemplary teamwork dedicated to prompting a green Earth. His passion, purpose, and adherence aim to enable green industry ope...