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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 28 2019

Last week, employers began receiving receipts and approvals from the Department of Homeland Security for H-2B visa petitions submitted under the May 8 rule that established a process for employers to apply for an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019.  These visas are limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team was glad to partner last week with leadership delegations from the Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association to raise Congressional awareness of our key shared federal priorities. Joined by members of the AmericanHort team, these state delegations met with Senate and House lawmakers to discuss the important iss...

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

On May 22, the House Judiciary Committee approved the “Dream Act of 2019” (H.R. 2820).  The bill would extend legal status and create a path to citizenship for many who were brought to the United States illegally as children.  Legal status would be granted to...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has announced the top three locations under consideration for a new home for the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They include multiple cities in Indiana, the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, and Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Two additional cities, St. Louis, MO and Madison, ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

Registration of chlorpyrifos will be canceled in the state of California. This process may take up to two years, and state officials have allocated $5.7 million to fund safer alternatives.

California becomes the second state to take this action, following Hawaii’s announcement in 2018. New York is also considering registration cancelation.

Debates over chlorpyrifos&...

Tal Coley May 13 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that June 7 is the likely date of publication of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to the trucking Hours of Service (HOS) rules. FMCSA noted that the agency plans to take comments on the NPRM until July 26.

FMCSA issued a pre-rule last August, focusing on four areas of potential changes to current HOS ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed in a public announcement that there is no risk to human health from glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp® herbicide. A detailed examination of data gathered to date is included, as is a critique on the limitations of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer review of glyphosate, ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 13 2019

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has initiated stakeholder negotiations with the goal of developing and advancing a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill by early summer. AmericanHort is a direct participant in the process, reflecting our organization’s history of steady and principled leadership on the issue. If the negotiation...

Tal Coley May 13 2019

The AmericanHort-supported Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, H.R.1673, introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), gained additional support this past week, with new Congressional cosponsors as well as supporting organizations.

Additional cosponsors over the past couple of weeks include Representatives Greg Gianforte (R-MT), TJ Cox (D-CA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rick Crawford (R-AR), D...

Craig Regelbrugge May 13 2019

By: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan
On May 8, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) finally released a rule that established a process for employers to apply for 30,000 more H-2B visas for fiscal 2019. These visas are limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2017 or 2018).

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Charlie's Angle - Time to Make Hay! -- Spring Outlook for the Green Industry
With executive orders flying off the President's desk at record pace, there are interesting ramifications (and tradeoffs) that result. Join Charlie as he discusses the green industry outlook resulting from the interest rate increases coming down the pike, current labor situation, and the pace of housing ...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges you've seen in a long time?&...

Gain perspective of the current reality of LED vs. traditional lighting technologies in indoor horticultural applications.  

Presented by Eric Moody from P.L. Light Systems. P.L. Light Systems (a division of Hortilux Schréder ) is a leading manufacturer of horticultural lighting systems across a variety of technologies including LED, high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide ...

Tips on how fertilizer-injector maintenance is an easy DIY project to get you ready for the busy spring season. Lela will go over some quick and easy tips on Dosatron upkeep to keep it performing to its maximum potential. There's enough to worry about during the spring, and your Dosatron shouldn't be one of them. 

Presented by: Lela Kelly, Dosatron Vice Presiden...

ACHIEVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER WITH PROVEN AND LASER FOCUS. Most leaders spend their time reacting to opportunities, problems and fires––and they end up over-working, mis-spending their resources, and wildly under performing. The typical privately held company only reaches 50% of its true potential, and often much less! Is any of this happening at your company?


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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.