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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 July 03 2017

On June 27, EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule to rescind the Obama Administration’s Clean Water Rule, also known as the WOTUS Rule. The agencies also proposed to re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining "waters of the United States." According to EPA and the Corps, this proposed rule is intended to provide certainty during a...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

Just a heads-up that registration is now open for the Impact Washington advocacy leaders’ summit scheduled for September 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C. If you are thinking about the impact of issues like tax reform, the workforce, E-Verify, and the next farm bill, you aren’t alone... we are, too!  The event is shaping up to be well-timed for you to have a direct impact as Congre...

Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation offers a “nursery policy” in all 50 states. However, the nursery crop insurance system has always been complicated and, well, at least a little dysfunctional. Over the years, we’ve had several industry leaders testify before Congress on problems with the program, yet little if anything has changed for the better.
 
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Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded one Obama-era executive action granting relief from deportation to certain individuals, while it has left a second, affecting the so-called DREAMers, intact.
 
On June 15, Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Ame...

Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on June 19 announcing additions to its list of plants it considers to be “not authorized pending pest risk analysis” (NAPPRA). Plants listed as NAPPRA may be restricted from entry because they are believed to be hosts of quarantine pests or because they are considered...

Chris Schulte June 20 2017

As the country approaches the five-month mark in the Trump Administration, we can look back on current trends in regulations and enforcement activities and look ahead to what these changes and future changes might mean for labor issues in horticulture. Key positions in the Administration have nominees but are yet to be filled, including Administrator of the Wage & Hour Division (WHD) and U....

Craig Regelbrugge June 20 2017

Offshore-produced plant cuttings of diverse varieties of annuals and perennials have become an important component of the greenhouse and nursery industry supply chain. Over one billion unrooted cuttings are imported each year from farms primarily in Latin America and Africa. They are rooted and finished in growing operations across the country.
 
Unrooted cuttings are highly ...

Jennifer Gray June 06 2017

As we usher in June, the horticultural industry has continued opportunity to extend sales and participate in the ongoing pollinator health discussion.

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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 06 2017

How green are urban trees? A group of researchers from the University of Illinois, University of Florida, and University of Kentucky posed that very question.
 
A great deal of research illustrates how trees benefit urban environments, such as filtering particulate matter, lowering urban heat island effects, and storm water mitigation. One more attribute to consider is a tree...

Craig Regelbrugge June 06 2017

Nearly a month has passed since President Trump signed legislation that could address the H-2B cap. Sadly, the Secretary of Homeland Security has not yet exercised its new temporary authority to approve additional H-2B visas this year despite an intensive lobbying effort from the H-2B Workforce Coalition and users in industries such as landscaping, resorts, fairs and carnivals, and seafood proc...

Pinterest is truly a phenomenon, giving users the ability to bookmark, collect, and organize images for all of their ideas, inspiration, projects, and learning. We’ll talk about why Pinterest can be a great tool in marketing your business, and we’ll walk through how to succeed with proven strategies. Join us for a webinar that will help to take your social media marketing to the nex...

You want to keep your plants on the job as long as possible because it's better for you and your company. But what do you do when the plant has lots of brown and yellow leaves, is old and thin, or has lost its design integrity? When do you fix it or replace it? Learn some tricks on how to make your plants last longer and when to bring in the replacement.

Presented by: Heddy S...

What’s eating your plants? Find out how to look for and identify the most common pests on indoor plants, plus a few rarities that can wreak havoc on your plants. You’ll see what these mites, insects, and other pests look like in real life – and up close under a magnifying glass or microscope. Learn where to look, which plants are most prone, the environmental conditions that c...

It’s the middle of winter, so how do I keep my plants and my clients happy? Join Vicky Cate to discover some very simple tricks that will make your clients think you are a magician and the most helpful person they know! You’ll learn how to keep a smile on your and your client’s face and how to keep your plants happy too!
 

Joe Baer looks at how you can repurpose existing equipment in your store.

Mike Dobres of NovaFlora talks about Polymerese Chain Reaction