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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 April 01 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

AmericanHort is very pleased to report that on March 29, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to release an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for returning immigrant workers. This progress would not have happened without the steady advocacy push by our staff, leaders and members, state association partners...

Tal Coley April 01 2019

AmericanHort successfully placed an op-ed in the Washington, D.C.- based publication, RealClearPolicy, on March 22 detailing the current situation faced by the horticulture industry concerning the vague agricultural exemption associated with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. 

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Tal Coley April 01 2019

Confirming recent intelligence received by the advocacy team in Washington, D.C., the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finally acknowledged at a trucking trade show last week that there will be an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) focused on clarifying and defining what an agricultural product actually is.

Craig Regelbrugge April 01 2019

Though immigration and visa policy issues have become incredibly polarizing in recent years, areas of broad agreement persist. One of those is agricultural workers. On April 3, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship will hold a hearing titled “Securing the Future of American Agriculture.” The hearing precedes expected introduction of legislation that seek...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 01 2019

A second U.S. jury has ruled that glyphosate caused cancer. A second phase of the trial will begin soon with the same jury to determine liability and damages. Bayer will likely appeal the ruling.

The jury in the first trial, also in California in August, 2018, awarded $78 million to a man who claimed glyphosate was responsible for his cancer. The ruling is under appeal, a...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 01 2019

Maps that forecast the life cycle stages of twelve insect pests critical to landscape management and nursery production have recently been improved. The pests include apple maggot, Asian longhorned beetle, bagworm, bronze birch borer, Eastern tent caterpillar, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, lilac borer, magnolia scale, pine needle scale, and winter moth. 

Tal Coley March 20 2019

Representative Austin Scott (R-GA) has introduced H.R. 1673, The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019, last week. The bipartisan bill would bring much-needed clarity to the definition of “agricultural commodity” as it relates to transportation policy and new trucking regulations.

The primary reason why the clarity is needed centers around the agricultural exemption ...

Craig Regelbrugge March 20 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

On February 15, President Trump signed into law a funding bill that gives DHS the authority, in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), to approve up to an additional 69,320 H-2B seasonal worker visas (69,320 being the number of H-2B “returning worker” visas or H-2Rs issued in FY 2007).  This is ...

Craig Regelbrugge March 20 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

On March 7, the Department of Labor released its revised overtime rule. The proposed rule is a significant improvement over a 2016 overtime rule promulgated by President Obama’s administration.

Under current law, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they wor...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 20 2019

The research collaboration focusing on rose rosette disease (RRD) announced a new resource to aid in the early detection of the disease. The two-page educational piece, titled ‘

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...

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Congress and the Trump Administration are calling for major tax reform. While any outcome is far from certain, AmericanHort is preparing. What are the implications for our premium member nursery growers, and espec...

A prediction revealed by the OMB Director a couple of weeks ago projected long-term, sustained economic growth of 3% in the economy over the next decade. Join Charlie as he explains what would have to happen for this prediction to actually come true. Charlie also rolls out his near-term recession forecast for the coming year.

Best Practices in Hiring and Firing
Presented on: June 14, 2017
Richard D. Alaniz | Senior Partner, Alaniz Shraeder Linker Farris Mayes, L.L.P
 

Have you ever regretted a hiring decision? How do you ensure that you select the right applicant when hiring? What do you do when you need to fire an employee? In this session, attendees will lear...

If you've already experienced or are at risk for exotic ambrosia beetle attacks, this webinar is critically important for management strategies and prevention measures that will ultimately impact your bottom line for better or for worse.

Exotic ambrosia beetles are among the most destructive pests of trees growing in ornamental nurseries and tree fruit orchards. Beetles tunne...

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What’s the latest news on boxwood blight? Boxwood blight is one of the latest scourges to impact the green industry, from nursery production to landscape maintenance & i...

Charlie's Angle - Time to Make Hay! -- Spring Outlook for the Green Industry
With executive orders flying off the President's desk at record pace, there are interesting ramifications (and tradeoffs) that result. Join Charlie as he discusses the green industry outlook resulting from the interest rate increases coming down the pike, current labor situation, and the pace of housing ...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges you've seen in a long time?&...

Gain perspective of the current reality of LED vs. traditional lighting technologies in indoor horticultural applications.  

Presented by Eric Moody from P.L. Light Systems. P.L. Light Systems (a division of Hortilux Schréder ) is a leading manufacturer of horticultural lighting systems across a variety of technologies including LED, high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide ...