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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.

AmericanHort Contributor June 08 2020

The Foundation of Everything

By Nancy Hintz, Senior Human Capital Advisor at BEST Human Capital & Advisory Group
 
Take a step back and look at your company. Do the people seem genuine? Do you feel as though they are making significant progress in reaching the organization’s goals and ambitions? Do you believe in your people, your pro...

AmericanHort Contributor June 08 2020

By: Rick Alaniz, Alaniz Law & Associates

Continued Layoffs

Over the past eight weeks or so we have seen millions of employees furloughed or laid off as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across our country. Job losses occurred in almost all industries, including employers big and small. The hospitality industry had 83% of employers conductin...

Jennifer Gray June 03 2020

The Horticultural Research Institute has created a new web-based series featuring key research findings that help environmental horticulture businesses grow. The series is called tHRIve and aims to do just that: help the industry flourish. These web-based offerings cover research that is directly funded by HRI as well as federally funded research. New content will ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 03 2020

In response to public request for additional time, EPA announced that the comment period for the proposed interim decisions for five neonicotinoids has been extended by 30 days. Comments will now be accepted until June 18, 2020. The proposed interim decisions were released originally on Ja...

Tal Coley June 03 2020

The House passed a bill last week that would provide elements of flexibility for loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), addressing some of the key complaints with the program since inception. The appropriately named Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act passed by an overw...

Tal Coley June 03 2020

The Treasury Department finally released long-awaited details on loan forgiveness for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), releasing two interim final rules on Friday evening before Memorial Day Weekend. The rules address requirements for loan forgiveness as well as outlining PPP loan review procedures and related borrower and lender responsibilities.

Of interest is the loan forg...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan June 03 2020

Republican House and Senate lawmakers recently sent letters to President Trump urging that the H-2A and H2B visa programs not be included in a potentially restrictive Presidential action related to employment visa programs.

President Trump’s April 22 proclamation temporarily halting most legal immigration also called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to review...

Tristan Daedalus June 03 2020

We mentioned in the last edition that USDA’s new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) didn’t yet extend relief funds to several agricultural sectors, horticulture included. To gather the information necessary to decide whether and how to tailor the program to additional sectors and offer this badly-needed assistance, the USDA’s Farm Service Agency has requested public...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 20 2020

A number of new, online outreach materials to help our industry are available, making it easier than ever to learn something new every day.
UFL Online Greenhouse Training
University of Florida Extension launched a new YouTube channel featuring short videos to aid greenhouse producer...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 20 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the modernization of regulations that govern plant biotechnology advancements. The final rule, titled Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE), marks the first major amendment to plant biotech regulations in over thirty years.
The SECURE rule touts an end to duplicative and antiquated processes and ...

How do you communicate the ROI of investing in biophilic design to your clients? How do you talk about your services and fees? What’s the value of broadening your design identity into a brand that includes science? How do you develop relationships with other building professionals and become part of an interdisciplinary team? How do you nurture an internship program?

 

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, Tal Coley & Craig Regelbrugge.

Dick Kramp, Founder & CEO of AB Greenhouse Power Netherlands will be presenting on growing crops with the highest possible yield and quality by creating the optimal environment in your growing facility through cogeneration. Well-integrated cogeneration, supplying heat, electricity, and CO2, can help you to achieve these goals for the lowest possible price. 

This panel discussion is an opportunity to hear from garden center owners on their experience using the financial metrics discussed in the Industry Insider Report: Garden Retail Profitability like pricing...

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. 

Presenters: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research, Jill Calabro Ph.D., Science & Research Programs Director, and Ta...

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program, or GCP for short. The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each a...

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...

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. 

Presenters: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

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...