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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 May 06 2020

As several states begin taking steps to reopen their economies, AmericanHort is making available guidance and best-practices to assist owners in restarting public-facing operations. While federal and state agencies are making helpful information available, AmericanHort encourages all businesses to follow the guidance and regulations issued by their own state and local health departments.
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Craig Regelbrugge May 06 2020

Some key COVID-19 developments over the past two weeks:

  • Congress has refreshed funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), allowing the reopening of a program that many horticulture businesses have turned to for loans that may be at least partially forgiven.
  • The latest Treasury/SBA “frequently asked questions” finally provides some clarification on whet...

AmericanHort Contributor April 28 2020


By Tom McInerney, Founder, M4 Advisors LLC

It is no secret that the recent pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, pressuring businesses across all industries to take severe measures to “weather the storm” to ensure their survival. As businesses, both large and small, are forced to rapidly address their liquidity positions, we increasingly h...

Charlie Hall April 28 2020

As I write this column, the country is in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, with almost 900,000 cases and over 49,000 deaths in the US to date. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Coronavirus (COVID-19) has wreaked havoc from a national health perspective, as well as an economic perspective. But before I discuss the economic crisis, allow me to share background details of the virus itself.
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 22 2020

Purdue University released a new app, Purdue Shrub Doctor, for mobile devices. Shrub Doctor is the latest addition to their suite of apps to help diagnose pest problems in environmental horticulture and home gardeners.

Led by Dr. Janna Beckerman and Dr. Cliff Sadof, both of Purdue University, Shrub Doctor co...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan April 22 2020

On April 16, the Trump Administration issued guidelines to states that outline a phased-in approach to re-opening of the economy. When issuing the guidelines, the President insisted that the decision and...

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 ...

Ever wonder what consumers think when they shop for plants? We do! A team of researchers has been investigating the plant selection and shopping process for a few years with eye-tracking glasses. While we can’t hear what consumers are thinking (exactly), we can understand what they are thinking about by watching where their eyes travel. Dr. Bridget Behe will present key findings from rece...

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 ...