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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 February 19 2019

In a recent daily blog post, economist Elliott Eisenberg reported that as of December 31, 2018, there were a record 7.335 million job openings, and 6.294 million unemployed persons, or 1.17 jobs for every unemployed person, the ninth consecutive month openings have exceeded the unemployed. Relatedly, the number of job openings has exceeded the number hired since January 2015. The number of open...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

The chlorpyrifos debate continues, as the Ninth Circuit Court granted EPA’S request to rehear the case en banc. This means that the Chief Judge and a panel of ten randomly drawn judges will rehear the case in late March. The prior, three-judge panel decision will not be cited as a precedent in any court moving forward. 
 
The three-judge panel decided...

Craig Regelbrugge February 19 2019

Authors:  Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan
 
On February 15, President Trump signed into law a funding bill for several federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The funding law includes the same H-2B discretionary language as last year, which gives DHS th...

AmericanHort Contributor February 08 2019

Authors: Joe Baer, Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director, ZenGenius & Jalpa Patel, Senior Visual Merchandiser and Interior Architect, ZenGenius

At ZenGenius, we believe that everything has a right place, at the right time, for the right reason.

Knowing where to place your products and how to arrange them can make all the difference

between a customer pa...

Katie Gustafson February 08 2019

Marketing. Even if you work in marketing every day, it can be difficult to define.  When people think of marketing, they might think of coupons, radio ads, social media, sales, emails or a whole host of other things, but it comes down to this: Marketing is anything you do to get your customers interested in somethin...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 06 2019

I’m not a big fan of winter. It’s just too cold and dark; plus, I like the greenness of spring and summer.

Since I won’t be moving to any subtropical or tropical climates anytime soon, I’ve learned to look for the positives of winter. For example, the first snow fall can be pretty, and I love seeing the arctic swans on the bay on my Sunday morning runs. An...

Craig Regelbrugge February 05 2019

President Trump signed into law on January 25 a three-week temporary spending measure to re-open closed federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security. As part of the agreement to fund the government through February 15, President Trump and Congress agreed to convene a conference committee to negotiate a final DHS spending package. The conferees met for the first time on Ja...

Jennifer Gray February 05 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team headed out this past week, attending industry shows and events in the Southeast and Midwest to deliver the latest on advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. 
 
With trade show season still going strong, getting beyond the beltway and interacting with the grassroots is an essential element of AmericanHort advocacy efforts in the Nation’s ...

Jennifer Gray February 05 2019

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2019. Projects range from crop production innovations for both the greenhouse and nursery segments, water management in landscapes, emergent pest issues, and economic and marketing analyses. A total of $437,200 will be awarded this year. 

Craig Regelbrugge February 05 2019

The United Nations has announced its decision to designate 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. The United States, along with 90 other countries, co-sponsored this resolution to raise awareness of plant health issues and strengthen global efforts in the face of increased trade and climate change. 

 

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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...

The SANC program requires that participating facilities perform “internal audits” that indicate performed routine inspections and compliance with their individual Manual. Hear how this internal audit process works and learn from pilot nurseries how they have successfully implemented it. Also gain understanding of the external audits done by the State Department of Agriculture. Final...

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