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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 20 2017

Three items of very good news have emerged from the House Appropriations Committee over the past several days.  First, the Committee acted to increase funding for the Agricultural Research Service’ (ARS) Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) by $500,000!  You may recall that the Trump Administration proposed to eliminate the program. FNRI is a unique research partn...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

AmericanHort has received field reports suggesting an uptick in I-9 audits in our industry, in northeast Ohio, Tennessee, and perhaps elsewhere.  Now would be a good time to double-check that your practices are in order. 

In one audit, the Department of Labor (DOL) investigator asserted that inside salespeople fell outside the definition of agriculture and were therefor...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

The nursery crop insurance program has been much cussed and discussed in recent years. Most consider the program to be challenging and burdensome, with much of the burden recurring year after year regardless of whether you have a claim.  

There is an effort underway to change that.  It started in Florida, which isn’t surprising since most buy-up coverage happens i...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 20 2017

Fresh off Pollinator Week 2017, you can keep the pollinator buzz alive by attending the 2nd National Conference for Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes! This meeting is jointly planned by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University. 
 

  • Who should attend? Leaders of the green industry, university educators, and state government officials.
Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 20 2017

Both Arkansas and Missouri have enacted emergency regulations banning the sale and use of dicamba for agricultural purposes. Both bans exclude weed control in ornamental and turf areas; therefore, dicamba can still be used in these markets.

The ban in Arkansas will last 120 days, while the actions in Missouri are considered temporary, pending investigations. Both states report an...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 03 2017

The Arkansas Plant Board recently approved an emergency ban on sale and all uses of dicamba. The ban would cover all agronomic crops except pastureland for 120 days. Pest control and homeowner uses are excluded. Whether or not the noncrop uses are restricted as well remains to be determined. If Governor Asa Hutchinson signs it, it will become enforceable immediately.
 
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 03 2017

It’s always something. If it’s not boxwood blight, it must be impatiens downy mildew. Or some sort of Phytophthora. Or worse – some threat you don’t even know about! It seems like there’s always a plant disease lurking about production and landscapes, plotting plant destruction and wreaking havoc with your livelihood. Below are some of the latest reports o...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

On June 27, Senate leaders announced that they would delay a vote on a Republican health care bill until after the July 4 recess. The bill, drafted in secret by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, faced opposition from at least five Republican Senators. After the decision to delay the vote was announced, three more Republican Senators released a joint statement opposing the bill. Moderate R...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

Since our last edition of Washington Impact, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson announced that Secretary John Kelly will soon expand the number of H-2B visas available this fiscal year, as is authorized under the fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. DHS spokesperson David Lapan qualified the statement, however, by stating that Secretary Kelly would make a smal...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

On June 29, the House of Representatives passed two immigration enforcement bills. One, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, seeks to broaden the types of federal support that localities could lose for failing to cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. The bill had mixed reviews among local law enforcement officials; it was opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police, and a letter by 40...

Learn what language to include and avoid when entering into contracts generally and snow removal contracts specifically. Make sure your contracts protect your interests, limit your exposure to what you are responsible for, and make others responsible for what they control.


Presented By: Brent A. Bates, Sr. Vice President Director of Safety Services, and J...

Light as a nutritional factor has been long overlooked. No one technology is perfect for every need, but join us to examine and discuss the pros & cons of each lighting technology and how they best fit different applications.


Presented By: Chris Pieser, President & Chief Technical Officer at Chameleon Plasma Grow Lighting

In our passion and excitement for what we do it's easy to forget that the Consumer doesn't always speak our language. What IF we changed the dialogue and used our words in a way that makes sense to the consumer? Ever been shopping for new technology and felt overwhelmed by the vocabulary? That's how your customer feels. Learn ways to adjust how you say it to better relate to your cu...

The Pest Management Plan captures how issues identified in the SANC Risk Assessment are addressed. Learn how key information from the risk assessment provides the building blocks for the Pest Management Plan and how it influences the Facility Map. The Facility Map identifies critical areas to manage potential hazards and serves as the official agreement between a SANC nursery/greenhouse and the...

As seasons and your consumers' mindsets change, so does the way they decorate and shop for Christmas. Join Shannon Kuhrt, Vice-President of M+M Wintergreens as she takes an in-depth look at the industry as it relates to fresh Christmas/winter greenery and shares valuable insights on the changes occurring in the "4th Season." Learn how to shift from the mindset of selling a product...

The SANC program requires that “we say what we do, and we can prove that we do it.” Learn what documentation this requires and how that documentation reflects the traceability of a product received and shipped and the pest scouting, mitigation, and personnel training that happened along the way. Hear from pilot nurseries what information they found helpful to include and how they&rs...

Customers have distinct buying motivations. Understanding these buying motivations is a key element of marketing, customer service, determining what products to offer, and so much more. Join Bill Calkins and Jennifer Noble as they walk you through how to understand buying motivations and create valuable customer profiles that fit your business and its customers.

In May 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final final rule doubling the salary level for "white collar" employees exempt from overtime pay, as well as the role of the overtime exemption for agricultural workers. We will discuss efforts to block the new overtime rule and possible strategies for employers to comply with the rule when it takes effect on December 1, 2016. From the...

Charlie Hall is back, and he's taking a look at how contingency plans can prevent crisis in business life and how having the right team can help prevent and adapt to economic downturns.

Are your clients asking about moss walls? As awareness has grown, there has been an increased demand for moss walls in interiors. In this webinar you will learn basic moss wall considerations and techniques from Joe Zazzera, who has been building and installing moss walls for seven years. Learn about types of moss, adhesion, and framing as well as how to sell and pricing basics.