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AmericanHort Contributor January 14 2019

By Stephany G. Small, Ph.D. and Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., J.D.

A U.S. plant patent grants the patent holder the right to exclude others from asexually reproducing, using, offering for sale, or selling the patented plant or any of its parts in the United States or importing them into the Uniteds States.  Twenty years after filing the plant patent application, the plant pat...

AmericanHort Contributor January 14 2019

As we approach the opening of Cultivate’19 registration, the amount of fraudulent communication around securing hotel reservations and trade show attendee lists often rises. We want you to know that the official housing vendor for Cultviate’19 is Showcare. By booking your hotels via ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 08 2019

In December, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirmed that boxwood blight was positively identified for the first time in Michigan.

The disease was found in three separate locations in Oakland County, at a landscape firm, a homeowner’s yard, and on holiday wreaths sold in a retail garden center. Oakland County is just outside of the Detroit metro...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 08 2019

Effective December 2019, the European Union has announced a ban on the importation of certain plants deemed as high-risk ornamentals in relation to risk of pest introduction. So far, banned plants include the following genera: 

Acacia, Acer, Albizia, Alnus, Annona, Bauhinia, Berberis, Betula, Caesalpina, Cassia, Castanea, Cornus, Corylus, Crataegus, Diospyros, Fagus, Fraxi...

Craig Regelbrugge January 08 2019

You may have received the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commercial Floriculture survey questionnaire in the mail this December. It’s a survey targeting over ten thousand floriculture operations who annually produce over $10,000 of fresh cut flowers, potted flowering plants, foliage plants, bedding and garden plants, herbaceous perennials, cut cultivated florist greens, and mor...

Craig Regelbrugge January 08 2019

One thing the last Congress did manage to finish in December was a new farm bill.  And among the beneficial provisions of the new farm bill is a new plant breeders’ rights protection option. AmericanHort successfully supported the provision, which expands the USDA-administered Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA) to enable protection of asexually-reproduced plants.  ...

Tal Coley January 08 2019

Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and five colleagues sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at the end of December, asking Administrator Ray Martinez for more clarification on the agricultural exemption under Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulations.

The exemption, which was created in association with the use of ELDs to track Hours of Service (HOS) rules,...

Craig Regelbrugge January 08 2019

With growers in many states facing mandated H-2A wage increases of up to nearly 23 percent, a legal challenge was expected to be filed on January 8.  The National Council of Agricultural Employers, in which AmericanHort is an active leader, has been preparing to file suit in U.S. Federal District Court against the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), challenging that the DOL has fa...

Craig Regelbrugge January 08 2019

Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan*

Due to capacity issues and the huge H-2B filing volume, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) iCERT online filing system crashed right after midnight on New Years Day, preventing H-2B filing for the second half of the fiscal year, as well as H-2A and other labor certification application filing.  According to the DOL, “the U....

Craig Regelbrugge January 08 2019

Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan*

The 115th Congress officially ended at noon on January 3, and the 116th Congress was sworn in that same afternoon. The American electorate’s historic preference for divided government is again the reality; Republicans continue to control the Senate, with 53 of 100 seats, while Democrats control the House, 235 to 199, with one seat stil...

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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.

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...