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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.

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...

Katie Gustafson December 03 2018

You probably know that AmericanHort's Knowledge Center offers members 24/7 access to industry-specific resources, articles, and videos for learning and training, but did you know that recordings of AmericanHort's webinars are housed there as well? 
 
One of our more recent webinars,&n...

Ken Fisher November 30 2018

Perform Better, Grow Faster, and Prepare for the Future as part of AmericanHort, the Green Industry’s leading association. That’s our value proposition for our member companies and the industry. In 2018, we made investments and developed programs to make good on this brand promise.

Our 2018 programming started with Cultivate where over 10,000 attendees from all 50 sta...

Craig Regelbrugge November 28 2018

Sens. James Lankford (center) and Michael Bennet (right) address Leading the Way
Sens. James Lankford (center) and Michael Bennet (right) address Leading the Way

On November 15, the National Immigratio...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 28 2018

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines regarding the use of chlorpyrifos while the agency completes a formal process to list it as a toxic air pollutant.
 
The recommended restrictions include discontinuing use on most crops, only allowing for critical uses with few or no alternatives. The University of California Extension service will ...

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...

Each year, thousands of potentially preventable pesticide exposure incidents are reported that lead to sick days, lost wages and medical bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded by increasing protections for the nation's two million agricultural workers and their families with changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.

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