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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.

Tristan Daedalus April 22 2020

As green industry businesses struggle to stay open among conflicting state designations of essential business operations, a key component of the effort is following the best available advice on workplace procedures to keep on-the-job employees and customers healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

Tal Coley April 22 2020

The Economic Industry Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, once thought open to agricultural businesses based on language in the CARES Act, hit a snag between relief packages from Congress. In response to a national coalition letter joined by AmericanHort, the Small Business Administration stated that duplicative language in the CARES Act rendered it unable to extend the EIDL program to agricultura...

Tal Coley April 22 2020

The Federal Reserve is in the process of putting together infrastructure for the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP), a new COVID-19 relief program, in the coming weeks. The program will cast a much wider net than the small business programs already launched, as it will be available to businesses with up to 10,000 employees and up to $2.9 billion in annual revenue in 2019.

MSLP is a...

Craig Regelbrugge April 22 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on April 21 that it has confirmed the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (RSr3b2) in a single variety of geranium plants located in a Michigan greenhouse. This particular type of Ralstonia, a bacterial plant pathogen, can cause a wilt disease in several ...

Craig Regelbrugge April 22 2020

Topping the latest on the COVID-19 response, the Trump Administration announced an initial $19 billion in agricultural sector relief. The formal announcement came in an unusual 9:00 pm press conference by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The outlined relief plan includes $16 billion in direct assistance to producers, and $3 billion in direct government purchases of meat, dairy products, a...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 08 2020

EPA has extended by thirty days the deadline to comment on proposed interim decisions for five neonicotinoid insecticides under review, including acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. The original deadline was April 3, 2020. Comments are now due May 4, 2020.

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Laurie-Ann Flanagan April 08 2020

On April 1, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled, “H-2B VISAS: Additional Steps Needed to Meet Employers' Hiring Needs and Protect U.S. Workers.” The report is based on interviews and surveys of H-2B employers and case studies of four industries in five U.S. counties:

  • Construction in Maricopa County, Arizona;
  • Hospi...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies asking for t...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

AmericanHort joined a multitude of other national organizations last week in calling for agricultural business eligibility for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. The already-established program was revised with passage of the CARES Act.

Tristan Daedalus April 08 2020

The AmericanHort Coronavirus Resource Center, an industry-wide resource for the latest information on the ongoing response to the coronavirus global pandemic, is available to everyone. Please share this link with your staff, members, and industry partners.

Some recent updates include:

  • Mobile tools boost business productivity by moving data entry staff out of the back office and onto more productive tasks. Mobile apps extend functionality to your team in the field and deliver real time data to your business. This webinar will provide you with an overview of 8 mobile tools that give growers an edge over their competition, lower labor costs, and streamline business. 

In this segment of Charlie's Angle, Charlie clarifies a couple of things from his mid-year economic outlook webinar and emphasizes that there is still time to make strategic investments in your business before the next economic downturn. These investments can be technology-related, of course, and what makes ...

Tom Buechel is a horticulture graduate with an emphasis in business and industry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has spent the last 25 + years learning, planning, certifying, and executing advanced growing practices by developing unique systems and utilizing exemplary teamwork dedicated to prompting a green Earth. His passion, purpose, and adherence aim to enable green industry ope...

This webinar is only available to Premium level AmericanHort members. If you are a Premium member and are trying to access the video please contact us for the password.

Congress and the Trump Administration are calling for major tax reform. While any outcome is far from certain, AmericanHort is preparing. What are the implications for our premium member nursery growers, and espec...

A prediction revealed by the OMB Director a couple of weeks ago projected long-term, sustained economic growth of 3% in the economy over the next decade. Join Charlie as he explains what would have to happen for this prediction to actually come true. Charlie also rolls out his near-term recession forecast for the coming year.

Best Practices in Hiring and Firing
Presented on: June 14, 2017
Richard D. Alaniz | Senior Partner, Alaniz Shraeder Linker Farris Mayes, L.L.P
 

Have you ever regretted a hiring decision? How do you ensure that you select the right applicant when hiring? What do you do when you need to fire an employee? In this session, attendees will lear...

If you've already experienced or are at risk for exotic ambrosia beetle attacks, this webinar is critically important for management strategies and prevention measures that will ultimately impact your bottom line for better or for worse.

Exotic ambrosia beetles are among the most destructive pests of trees growing in ornamental nurseries and tree fruit orchards. Beetles tunne...

This is the full version of the webinar and is only available to Premium level AmericanHort members. If you are a Premium member and are trying to access the video please contact us for the password.

What’s the latest news on boxwood blight? Boxwood blight is one of the latest scourges to impact the green industry, from nursery production to landscape maintenance & i...

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...