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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 August 06 2019

As reported last time, the Department of Labor has published a proposed rule seeking to modernize and improve the H-2A agricultural visa program. Many of our nursery and greenhouse producers use the program, and others are evaluating it as the labor situation worsens.

As AmericanHort prepares...

Tal Coley August 06 2019

After a two-year effort to urge the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address the opaqueness of the “agricultural commodity” definition used for transportation policy, the agency has finally issued an ...

Tristan Daedalus August 06 2019

No doubt you’ve seen the emails asking for your assistance encouraging a Member of Congress to take a stand on a piece of legislation or explaining the importance of an issue. Far from just another mass email, your action is the special sauce that makes our advocacy successful in Washington. In other words, we need your help.

With Congress debating agric...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 23 2019

Meeting the July 18 deadline set by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a decision against a ban of chlorpyrifos, citing insufficient evidence to warrant discontinuation of the product.

Agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos have been challenged in the U.S. court system since 2007, several years following the removal of the pes...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

On July 18, President Donald Trump announced his plan to nominate Eugene Scalia to serve as Secretary of Labor. The post was vacated following the resignation of Alexander Acosta earlier this month. Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has a strong business-friendly record, but is expected to draw fierce criticism from labor unions and worker advocates. Scalia is curren...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

As the calendar flipped to July, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Gr...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

AmericanHort hosted a number of Congressional staffers at Cultivate’19 in mid-July, where they heard directly from industry leaders on pressing issues while viewing the latest plant breeding and technological advances in our industry. Cultivate provides a unique experience for federal and state lawmakers, showcasing our industry and the prosperity it provides.

Professional st...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

Congressional Democrats and the White House continue negotiations around a deal to increase the debt ceiling and impose annual federal spending caps. Speaker Pelosi hopes to reach an agreement before Congress goes on recess for the month of August. On July 19, the Speaker rejected an initial offer from the Administration that calls for $150 billion in spending cuts as debt ceiling deal negot...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to raise the $7.25 federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The bill would increase the minimum wage in steps until it reaches the $15 level. After that, the wage floor would be indexed according to growth in median wages. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would likely raise wages for about 17 million people, but may ...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) has posted on its website a copy of the long-awaited H-2A modernization proposed rule. The official version should appear in the Federal Register during the week of July 22.

The rulemak...

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...

This webinar is only available to Premium level AmericanHort members. If you are a Premium member and are trying to access the video please contact us for the password.

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...