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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 July 08 2019

Local reports from Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area suggest a cluster of I-9 audits affecting horticulture businesses is now underway, much like the June, 2018 audits and a high-profile raid that impacted businesses and workers in northern Ohio.  AmericanHort has collaborated with our Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association partner to provide compliance advice.  Membe...

Craig Regelbrugge July 08 2019

With Congress returning from its July 4 recess, the House is expected to continue to focus on passing the annual spending bills that fund the federal government. While it may seem a bit like “groundhog day,” this process may determine how many seasonal H-2B visas are available next year.

On June 19, the House of Representatives passed an 

Tal Coley July 08 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a request for information last month to better understand driver detention times during the loading and unloading of commercial vehicles along with their impact on safety.

The request contains seven areas where FMCSA is looking for feedback, including topics such as what they should consider an estimate of reasonable lo...

Tal Coley July 08 2019

Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced the Senate companion bill to the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act (S. 2025) at the end of June. The legislation specifically adds horticulture and floriculture to the definition of “agricultural commodity” ...

Chris Schulte June 28 2019

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This memo was prepared by Chris Schulte, of the law firm of CJ Lake, LLC, who serves as AmericanHort employment law counsel. The following summary is intended to provide general guidance regarding investigations common to the agricultural workpla...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 24 2019

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced that the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the Economic Research Service (ERS) divisions will be relocated out of the Washington, D.C. metro area to the Kansas City region.
A cost-benefit analysis o...

Craig Regelbrugge June 24 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has proposed a fourth list of imported items from China that are likely to be subject to retaliatory tariffs, unless the ongoing trade dispute with China is resolved.  Imports of these “list 4” items represent an estimated $300 billion in annual imports.  If the proposal is finalized, they would be subject to a 25 percent punitiv...

Craig Regelbrugge June 24 2019

In mid-June, the House of Representatives began taking action on a handful of fiscal 2020 funding bills.
On June 19, the House passed a package of spending bills that would fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, and Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. Several amendments were filed to those bills including an amendment that woul...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 24 2019

Phytophthora ramorum, the cause of so-called “sudden oak death,” was detected on plant material being sold in garden centers in Indiana and Kansas this spring. The pathogen is not expected to be established in these areas but entered the states via the plant trade.
One source, Kansas State Extension, reported that infected rhododendrons were found in ten Midwest stat...

Craig Regelbrugge June 24 2019

On June 19, the House of Representatives passed an FY 2020 spending package that includes funding for the Department of Labor (DOL). The spending bill contains an H-2B provision that would allow for visas to be allocated proportionally on a quarterly basis.
The House is now de...

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

Presented by Scott Carrus on...

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

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. 

Presented on 9/13/2018 by: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

In any given year, about 1 in 10 employees will come to work high or drunk. Do you have a system in place to detect and respond to intoxicated or high workers? In this session, attendees will learn the latest laws and regulations regarding accommodating medical marijuana, handling employee use of prescription opioids (especially when they may operate machinery), and drug tests.
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Review a case study at UC Davis researching nutrient use in container grown crops. This project has received funding from the Horticultural Research Institute. 
 

Presenters: Lorence Oki and Bruno Pitton, UC Davis 

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...