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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. January 14 2020

USDA, FDA, and EPA joined forces to launch a unified website for biotechnology regulation as part of an executive order to modernize the regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology products.

The framework aims to cover the full range of plants, animals, and microorg...

Craig Regelbrugge January 14 2020

The new year began with some welcome recognition for our efforts and our team. First, the cover story of the January issue of GrowerTalks Magazine showcased the efforts of our Washington, DC staff team. Check it out!

Secondly, our very own research and science programs director, Jill Calabro, PhD, was presented the Ore...

Craig Regelbrugge January 14 2020

On January 6, the USDA Plant Variety Protection Office published a final rule implementing a provision of the 2018 Farm Bill addressing horticultural innovation. The new rule expands the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA), the framework under which seed-reproduced varieties are commonly protec...

Tristan Daedalus January 14 2020

PlantPAC, the AmericanHort Political Action Committee, gives our industry access and a voice to support Congressional candidates that back pro-horticulture policies. The AmericanHort Advocacy and Public Policy Committee recently worked to prioritize our targets for support in 2020.

But before we can keep you in the loop, Federal law requires us to obtain prior approval from our mem...

Tal Coley January 14 2020

The arrival of the year 2020 means that new federal overtime regulations are now in effect. The regulations touch on a number of areas — exemptions such as the “white collar” exemption, as well as bonuses and salary level thresholds. These new rules are quite complex and can be challenging to business owners trying to stay compliant.

Still unsure on some of these ...

Craig Regelbrugge January 14 2020

After the House of Representatives’ historic passage of a farm labor bill last December, is there a path forward? Maybe…

Over the course of the past year, AmericanHort has stayed in close touch with key Senate allies, keeping them apprised of the House negotiations. In December, as the House was preparing to vote, we and coalition allies stepped up Senate meetings.

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Craig Regelbrugge January 14 2020

Many of our members submitted petitions to the Department of Labor (DOL) for H-2B workers on or around January 1 for jobs slated to begin work on April 1. This H-2B filing period marks the first time that the DOL used a computer generated “lottery” filing process to group petitions into priority groups for processing. DOL will process petitions in group A before moving on to grou...

Jennifer Gray December 18 2019

With the establishment of the Boxwood Initiative, HRI has become a leading source of information regarding boxwood pests and diseases. Now, for the first time, HRI is bringing the information to a live event. Along with our partner, the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), HRI has created a one-day workshop focusing on Boxwood Health on February 4, 2020.

Over a quarter of all box...

Craig Regelbrugge December 18 2019

On December 19, the U.S. Department of Labor is publishing a Federal Register notice announcing the new “adverse effect wage rates” (AEWR) that must be paid to H-2A agricultural visa...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 13 2019

USDA APHIS announced that citrus greening quarantine areas in Texas will again expand after multiple positive samples were detected in those areas. APHIS added Brazoria, Galveston, and Jim Hogg Counties, all in Texas.
The regulations are effective immediately and necessitate an APHIS compliance agreement to facilitate movement of regulated nursery stock in the quarantine areas. Growing a...

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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.

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.