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AmericanHort Contributor January 04 2019

Stephany G. Small, Ph.D., and Travis W. Bliss, Ph.D., J.D.[1]
         
On Thursday December 20th, President Trump signed into law the Farm Bill 2018, which is officially known as the Agricultural...

AmericanHort Contributor December 19 2018

One of the benefits of membership is receiving our annual Resource Directory, produced in partnership with Naylor Association Solutions. The 2019 edition is now available to you. To go to a specific section of the directory, click on the section name in the Table of Contents. We want to thank the advertisers in this publication as their support helps make bringing this valuable resource to you ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 11 2018

Boxwood blight (Calonectria pseudonaviculata) on the right (white) Volutella blight (Volutella spp.) on the left (pink)
Boxwood blight (Calonectria pseudonaviculata) on the right (white) Volutella blight (Volu...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 11 2018

2018 has been a banner year for boxwood blight development; diagnosticians received record levels of reports of the disease in both landscape and production. It follows that infected plant material may spill over into the holiday season. If you ship boxwood greenery, now is a good time to be diligent in scouting and monitoring efforts to minimize transmission of infested boxwood material bound ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 11 2018

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) convened a national meeting of experts and industry stakeholders on December 11 and 12 to discuss and refine future research priorities for environmental horticulture.
 
About forty greenhouse and nursery professionals participated, along with several key researchers from the USDA, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University w...

Craig Regelbrugge December 11 2018

As reported in our last edition of Impact Washington, the required minimum wages for H-2A agricultural visa program users are set to take a big jump in many parts of the country.  Based on recently-published USDA data, the national average of the so-called “adverse effect wage rate” or AEWR, is expected to increase by 6.3 percent, to $13.25, as soon as the Department o...

Craig Regelbrugge December 11 2018

As Official Washington shifted its schedule to honor and memorialize former president George H. W. Bush, President Trump signed into law a temporary spending measure to fund the federal Government through December 21, pushing off the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a southern border wall by two weeks.  We are hopeful that Congress and the President c...

Craig Regelbrugge December 11 2018

Oh, Canada!  You are the leading export market for U.S. greenhouse and nursery plants...
 
On December 4, over 70 greenhouse plant growers interested in exporting to our northern neighbor joined AmericanHort and the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association for a webinar on the revised U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Grown Plant Certification Program.  Though part...

Tal Coley December 11 2018

The Farm Bill is in the home stretch as Congressional negotiators have worked through areas of contention and ultimately reached an agreement on the final language. The conference report was filed on Monday, with details being released in the past 24 hours.
 
At the time of our Impact Washington newsletter deadline, all details of the agreement were not known. However, in dis...

Katie Gustafson December 03 2018

 Many of our conversations in the horticulture industry end up turning back to pollinators, and with good reason.  Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat every day, but their survival is in serious danger.  Happily, there are many ways that you can help – spreading the word, educating customers and employees, growing sustainable/po...

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

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...