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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. November 13 2018

The bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) was recently confirmed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Xf was first identified in the European Union (EU) in olive groves in Italy in 2013, triggering a quick response from the EU in the form of stringent regulations on plant material imported to the EU. Now plant material known to be susceptible to Xf originating from the U....

Craig Regelbrugge November 13 2018

By: Craig Regelbrugge & Tal Coley

The Senate and House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Appropriations Committees are the three most important for AmericanHort legislative priorities.  The election results will mean a new landscape come January and the 116th Congress.  Here’s a peek ahead.

During the next Congress we do not expect significant...

Tal Coley November 13 2018

AmericanHort has announced support of new legislation – the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2018, H.R. 7004 – that was introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) at the end of September.  This bill would bring much-needed clarity to the definition o...

Tal Coley November 13 2018

The newly divided Congress and looming 2020 presidential election may bring even more Congressional gridlock. House Democrats will be eager to bring new oversight, not just of the President, but of Cabinet officials and agency actions. On the other hand, neither party will want to own the blame for gridlock and the divided government will force cross-aisle cooperation to get anything done.

Craig Regelbrugge November 13 2018

By: Craig Regelbrugge & Tal Coley

The good news: the 2018 midterm elections are finally over.  The bad news: a dozen or more races are still undecided.  Still, the contours of the new Congress have taken shape, and each party can claim some wins even as they brood over things that didn’t materialize.

You know the toplines – the Democrat...

Craig Regelbrugge November 05 2018

On November 1, AmericanHort hosted a webinar featuring several Department of Labor, Wage & Hour Division (DOL-WHD) officials.  As you may recall, DOL-WHD announced earlier this year a special “compliance and enforcement initiative” targeting the Landscape sector, and specifically, users of the H-2B temporary and seasonal visa program.  
 
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 01 2018

While recent reports of a new (to North America) insect pest of boxwood in the Toronto area have not yet been confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) or USDA APHIS, many in the nursery and landscape industries are rightfully concerned and asking questions.

In case you missed it, a homeowner reported seeing an unusual moth on her neighbor’s boxwood hedge in O...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 29 2018

The USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new, interactive tool to explain the story of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the U.S. The ‘Story Map of EAB’ includes high resolution pictures and details of symptoms of EAB infestations and an interactive map illustrating th...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 29 2018

San Francisco’s Superior Court of California Judge Suzanne Bolanos recently affirmed a verdict against Bayer AG unit Monsanto. It found that glyphosate is responsible for a groundkeeper’s terminal cancer, but she reduced a $250 million a punitive damages award assessed by a jury to $39 million if the plaintiff agrees. Bayer’s lawyer said it would appeal the decision if the pla...

Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

By Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) recently released its “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” The unified agenda is a summary of administrative actions that federal agencies plan to issue in the near and longer term.
According to OIRA, the unified agenda “inclu...

FlowVision is a lean business and supply chain consulting group. Their experience with creating lean flow at all levels including service, productivity, quality, and repeatability has been shown to give companies a payback of 500% within the first year. This webinar series illustrates different aspects of Lean Flow principles with tangible strategies to begin implementing immediately.

FlowVision is a lean business and supply chain consulting group. Their experience with creating lean flow at all levels including service, productivity, quality, and repeatability has been shown to give companies a payback of 500% within the first year. This webinar series illustrates different aspects of Lean Flow principles with tangible strategies to begin implementing immediately.

Join in to learn from past International Plantscape Award winners. See examples of their winning projects as they share tips about how to choose projects to enter and take photos, keys to writing contest descriptions, and how they use their awards as year-round marketing material. You will also gain insight into the judging process.

Presented by: Elliott Bennett, 

FlowVision is a lean business and supply chain consulting group. Their experience with creating lean flow at all levels including service, productivity, quality, and repeatability has been shown to give companies a payback of 500% within the first year. This webinar series illustrates different aspects of Lean Flow principles with tangible strategies to begin implementing immediately.

FlowVision is a lean business and supply chain consulting group. Their experience with creating lean flow at all levels including service, productivity, quality, and repeatability has been shown to give companies a payback of 500% within the first year. This webinar series illustrates different aspects of Lean Flow principles with tangible strategies to begin implementing immediately.

FlowVision is a lean business and supply chain consulting group. Their experience with creating lean flow at all levels including service, productivity, quality, and repeatability has been shown to give companies a payback of 500% within the first year. This webinar series illustrates different aspects of Lean Flow principles with tangible strategies to begin implementing immediately.

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...