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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 May 20 2020

On May 15, AmericanHort and our Horticultural Research Institute foundation submitted official comments to USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service urging that Ralstonia solanacearum Race 3 Biovar 2 be removed from the federal “select agent” list. The list includes biological agents...

Craig Regelbrugge May 20 2020

On Friday, May 15, AmericanHort and the H-2B Workforce Coalition sent the attached letter to President Trump outlining the important benefits that the H-2B program provides to seasonal businesses and their American workers. It also stresses the role of seasonal businesses ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 20 2020

On May 15, the House of Representatives passed a massive $3 trillion dollar coronavirus relief bill along a party line vote. This fourth piece of pandemic response legislation is a Democratic marker bill for further negotiations with the Administration and Senate Republicans over another coronavirus spending package.
House Republicans object to the bill’s costs and a host of measur...

Tal Coley May 20 2020

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule last week providing flexibility measures for Hours of Service (HOS) rules. The agency ultimately chose to modify four areas of need that had previously been identified. The HOS changes are as follows:

  • Increase safety and flexibilit...

Tristan Daedalus May 20 2020

On May 19, USDA announced its rule implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The rule should officially appear in the May 20 Federal Register. A link to the rule language is available here.
The rule lays out USDA’s first step in providing direct payments to livestock, dairy, and specialty c...

Craig Regelbrugge May 06 2020

In the face of rising politicization of immigrants and immigration resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, a new coalition known as #AllOfUS has launched. #AllOfUS seeks to make the case that immigrants are critical to COVID-19 recovery efforts. Coalition leadership ranges from the National Association of Evangelicals and the Southern Baptist Convention, to the National I...

Tristan Daedalus May 06 2020

The Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor is hosting a national online forum where employers and workers can share ideas about the challenges they face as the nation moves toward reopening business and positioning the economy for a strong rebound. Topics include:

  1. reopening businesses
  2. commuting safely
  3. working safely
  4. accommodating members o...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 06 2020

Ralstonia solancearum race 3 biovar 2 (RSr3b2), a federal quarantine pest, was recently confirmed in a single geranium variety in a greenhouse in Michigan. This is the first confirmed case in the U.S. since 2004, after which it was eradicated. Diseased geraniums planted in the landscape can potentially infect other plants, including tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant, and must be de...

Craig Regelbrugge May 06 2020

By: Laurie Flanagan & Craig Regelbrugge

On April 22, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation halting the issuance of new green cards for 60 days. The proclamation applies to foreign nationals seeking permanent resident...

Tal Coley May 06 2020

The Federal Reserve has released more information on the Main Street Lending program.

In a press release, the Fed announced that it was expanding the scope and eligibility for the program through a series of measures to include a third loan option...

Take 20 minutes to learn some tips and tricks that take some stress out of poinsettia season from interior plantscaper, Vicky Cate, Evergreen Interiors.

Presented on October 17, 2018

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. 

Presented on 9/13/2018 by: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

In any given year, about 1 in 10 employees will come to work high or drunk. Do you have a system in place to detect and respond to intoxicated or high workers? In this session, attendees will learn the latest laws and regulations regarding accommodating medical marijuana, handling employee use of prescription opioids (especially when they may operate machinery), and drug tests.
Want m...

Review a case study at UC Davis researching nutrient use in container grown crops. This project has received funding from the Horticultural Research Institute. 
 

Presenters: Lorence Oki and Bruno Pitton, UC Davis 

The webinar addresses why you should use sanitation practices at plant production, mechanically transmitted plant diseases, common disinfectants and improved sanitation/hygiene practices through research results. 

Presenter: Dr. Fulya Baysal-Gurel is an assistant professor at the Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center in McMinnville, TN. Her rese...

Business software comes in many shapes and sizes, but how do you know what system is right for your company? In this webinar, learn the building blocks of business systems, the relationship between growth and complexity, how to know if your business is ready for a change, and the keys to a successful implementation. 

Presenter: Greg Lafferty, Senior Account Manager, Pract...

The first webinar of our brand-new series: Quarterly Advocacy Brief - An Advocacy Update on Workforce Development and the ABC's of H2A featuring Chris Schulte, CJ-Lake LLC, and Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort

Part one of the webinar will provide a brief but comprehensive update on our advocacy for labor relief - H-2A visa reform, more ...

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