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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 October 29 2018

By Craig Regelbrugge and Chris Schulte

On October 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new forms for H-2A applications. This is the beginning of a larger roll-out of promising H-2A administrative reforms from the DOL in cooperation with the Departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security. There will be a 60-day comment period on the proposed changes to the forms with...

Tal Coley October 29 2018

Due to increasing federal budget deficits announced in October, the Trump Administration is proposing to cut 5% off of federal agencies’ bottom lines. The federal deficit climbed to $779 billion in FY 2018, which was a 17% increase over the previous year.
 
With regard to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), a spokesman stated that “USDA stands with the president...

Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

With the 2018 midterm elections bearing down, the AmericanHort Political Action Committee, PlantPAC, has been working hard to support the reelection of some of horticulture’s best friends in Congress. On October 17 and 18, PlantPAC was pleased to join leading AmericanHort members at two hugely successful events in California.
 
The first, in support of Rep. David Valada...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The Department of Labor recently announced a compliance and enforcement initiative targeting the landscape sector.  And, horticulture businesses – especially those using the H-2 seasonal worker visa programs – have long been disproportionately targeted.  What’s a business owner to do?  Put simply, prepare! 
 
To assist, AmericanHort is ho...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 15 2018

New York State announced new regulations targeting the spread of spotted lanternfly (SLF). Certificates of inspection are now required for the following materials originating from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:
 

  • Brush, debris, or yard waste
  • Landscaping or construction waste
  • Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
  • Firewood of a...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for inspecting live plants, plant cuttings, and most other propagative material imports, collectively known as “plants for planting.” Plant imports are typically inspected at APHIS plant inspection stations, located at or near many major U.S. ports.
 
During the past several years...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 15 2018

Several box tree moth specimens were recently reported in the Toronto, ON area, marking the first reports of this Buxus pest in North America.
 
The reports come by way of iNaturalist, a citizen science site. The photog...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan

Both the House and Senate are on recess until November 13. When Congress returns for a post-election “lame duck” session, it faces a daunting to-do list. First, Congress must wrap up the outstanding fiscal 2019 federal spending bills, including a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Departmen...

Tal Coley October 15 2018

AmericanHort submitted official comments last week regarding potential changes to the Hours of Service Rules (HOS) that were floated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in late August.
 
AmericanHort praised the proposed changes — which include giving drivers added flex...

AmericanHort Contributor October 08 2018

A café covered from floor to ceiling with coffee plants, bumblebees made from hay bales, creative bonsai displays, and extensive opportunities for learning and networking… that was just the tip of the iceberg at the International Garden Center Association’s (IGCA) 2018 Congress.

The IGCA Congress is a week of touring cutting-edge garden retail centers in a destinatio...

Gain a front-line perspective on the topics most impacting the professional snow and ice industry. Most importantly, learn how new strategies can directly influence your bottom line. 

Presenter:
Kevin Gilbride, executive director of the Accredited Snow Contr...

Crapemyrtle currently is a $66M/year wholesale value crop. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there were 33 states producing crapemyrtles, and the number of plants sold in 2014 was close to 5 million, a 64% increase from 2009. Crapemyrtle bark scale (Eriococcus lagerstroemiae

No one likes doing maintenance, but it's one of the most important ways of setting yourself up for success. See how easy maintenance can be with these insider tricks and get ready for your best growing season yet.


Presented By: Lela Kelly, Dosatron International

Equipment theft is an ongoing issue for landscape contractors. Join Zachery Bruce and Brent Bates, from Hortica Insurance & Employee Benefits, to learn how to prevent equipment from disappearing from your property and the job site. Learn some of the best practices in the industry and how business owners are taking action to protect their valuable equipment assets.

For outdoor workers, heat-related illnesses are a potential  but preventable occurrence. Join Jill and Brent to learn how to train your employees on the signs and  symptoms of heat illness, steps for prevention, and who could be  affected. Devel...

What is SANC? It stands for the Systems Approach to Nursery Certification. Certification of nursery stock for intrastate, interstate, and international shipping has become increasingly challenging for industry and regulatory agencies due to higher shipping volumes, increasing regulated pest pressure, more rigorous shipping requirements, and dwindling resources. The National Plant Board (NPB) is...

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...