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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. August 15 2017

The mild winter coupled with the hot and dry weather conditions in the southeast U.S. have resulted in high populations of whitefly this summer. Vegetable and cotton producers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are reporting higher than normal populations earlier than normal.
 
Historically, whitefly populations are localized in the Southeast with population surges normally obs...

Craig Regelbrugge August 15 2017

Congress is on recess through Labor Day, and President Trump is on a working vacation. Just 12 short days after Congress returns in September, the debt ceiling must be raised or the U.S. will default on its financial obligations. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has written Congress to say it is essential to raise the ceiling because the Treasury Department has already been using austerity meas...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Following last week’s Senate health care failure, there seems to be a renewed focus by some lawmakers on targeted fixes to the ACA. We expect the Simplifying Technical Aspects of Seasonality (STARS) Act, which AmericanHort has supported in past Congresses, to be re-introduced shortly after the August recess.
 
Current law includes conflicting definitions of “seaso...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 31 2017

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and replace it with a recodification of the text that existed prior to 2015.
 
According to EPA and the Corps, this proposed rule is intended to provide certainty du...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public comment regarding its regulations defining and delimiting exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees - better known as the “white collar exemptions.” 
 
As you may recall, t...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Just about every decision Congress makes results in someone winning and someone else losing. With Congress expected to soon pivot to some form of tax overhaul, what policies and provisions are most important to horticulture? 
 
This will be the topic of the day on August 9 as AmericanHort offers two webinars to e...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

AmericanHort is proud to announce the addition of Tal Coley as the new Director of Government Affairs. Some of you were able to meet...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Final details are coming together for the Impact Washington advocacy summit September 12 and 13 in the Nation’s Capital. Now’s the time to register if you have not done so yet.
 

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

July wound up a bit on the wild side in Washington. In the span of a week, President Trump announced via Twitter that transgendered individuals would no longer be allowed to serve in the military. The Senate tried to advance several versions of the Affordable Care Act repeal. All versions failed, with the last ditch “skinny repeal” going down 49-51. Senator John McCain cast the deci...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

On July 19, 2017, the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor published a final rule increasing the numerical limit (“cap”) on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas throu...

With increased consumer awareness surrounding bee and pollinator health, more of your customers want to know what they can do to help. Join us to find out how your business can become the go to source of information (and plants!) in your community.
• Learn what the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge is and how it’s influencing the pollinator health debate
• Gain r...

The SANC program requires that participating facilities perform “internal audits” that indicate performed routine inspections and compliance with their individual Manual. Hear how this internal audit process works and learn from pilot nurseries how they have successfully implemented it. Also gain understanding of the external audits done by the State Department of Agriculture. Final...

Gain a front-line perspective on the topics most impacting the professional snow and ice industry. Most importantly, learn how new strategies can directly influence your bottom line. 

Presenter:
Kevin Gilbride, executive director of the Accredited Snow Contr...

Crapemyrtle currently is a $66M/year wholesale value crop. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there were 33 states producing crapemyrtles, and the number of plants sold in 2014 was close to 5 million, a 64% increase from 2009. Crapemyrtle bark scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae

No one likes doing maintenance, but it's one of the most important ways of setting yourself up for success. See how easy maintenance can be with these insider tricks and get ready for your best growing season yet.


Presented By: Lela Kelly, Dosatron International

Equipment theft is an ongoing issue for landscape contractors. Join Zachery Bruce and Brent Bates, from Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits, to learn how to prevent equipment from disappearing from your property and the job site. Learn some of the best practices in the industry and how business owners are taking action to protect their valuable equipment assets.

For outdoor workers, heat-related illnesses are a potential  but preventable occurrence. Join Jill and Brent to learn how to train your employees on the signs and  symptoms of heat illness, steps for prevention, and who could be  affected. Devel...

What is SANC? It stands for the Systems Approach to Nursery Certification. Certification of nursery stock for intrastate, interstate, and international shipping has become increasingly challenging for industry and regulatory agencies due to higher shipping volumes, increasing regulated pest pressure, more rigorous shipping requirements, and dwindling resources. The National Plant Board (NPB) is...