December 28, 2017
State of the Greenhouse Industry: Regulatory Uncertainty Means It’s Time to Get Involved
With election dynamics, a new farm bill, and pending immigration reform in the mix, 2018 looks to be a wait-and-see year for the horticulture industry.
October 19, 2017
AmericanHort’s Main Priorities After Impact Washington: Tax Reform, Labor Reform, Research Funding
Now that Impact Washington is over, AmericanHort, with industry support, is looking to continue its focus on tax reform, labor reform, and research and innovation.
July 22, 2017
Craig Regelbrugge: Proposed Budget Cuts Could Eliminate Key Horticulture Programs
President Trump’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year includes significant cuts to the Agricultural Research Service, which supports the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative.
June 8, 2017
AmericanHort Update on Genetically Engineered Petunias
AmericanHort is actively assisting affected plant breeders, distributors, growers, and retailers as the genetically modified petunia regulatory response continues. Since the last update, there have been several changes to the list of petunias confirmed or suspected of being genetically engineered and therefore unauthorized to be imported or sold. Also, the list of recognized laboratories for petunia variety confirmation testing has expanded. Most importantly, petunia varieties on the USDA-APHIS Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS) list require an APHIS Form 2000 for importation. APHIS also began requiring that any Petunia spp. Shipments, not including regulated GE varieties, must be accompanied by a list of variety names. This resulted in some inspection delays at the USDA-APHIS plant inspection station in Atlanta over the past two weeks. In response, AmericanHort has negotiated a more flexible approach with APHIS, and new guidance has just been posted for importing Petunia plants, cuttings, or seed. The new guidance allows […]
January 3, 2017
Growing Optimism for the Horticulture Industry in 2017
With a new administration and a new Congress, AmericanHort's Craig Regelbrugge says the horticulture industry has reason to be cautiously optimistic that regulatory relief could be on the horizon.
January 14, 2016
Craig Regelbrugge Says 2016 Will Be A Year Of Waiting For The Horticulture Industry
The 2016 presidential election will make for slow progress on critical regulatory issues like health care, pollinator health, and immigration reform.
May 14, 2015
Pollinator Health 2015: What’s Next For Horticulture?
The news on pollinators and neonicotinoids continues to fluctuate between good and bad. Research and outreach efforts backed by the Bee and Pollinator Stewardship Initiative help move the industry in a positive direction.
March 18, 2015
H-2B Situation Goes From Bad To Even Worse
On March 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will no longer accept or process H-2B labor certifications or requests for H-2B prevailing wage determinations in light of a March 4 decision. Shortly after the DOL announcement, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Citizenship and Immigration Services followed suit, announcing it will at least temporarily cease approving visa petitions. These announcements essentially shut down the H-2B program for any company that has not completed the DHS H-2B visa petitioning process.
March 4, 2015
H-2B Cap Hit, Adding to Visa Program Woes
The H-2B visa cap for the first half of fiscal 2015 was hit late in January. As a result, some growers may not have access to the H-2B workers they need during the months ahead. The visa cap and resulting labor shortages will have impacts throughout the horticulture industry.
December 31, 2014
2015 State Of The Industry: Major Changes In Washington Reveal Need For Reform
Immigration, tax and regulatory reforms are a few important issues to watch in 2015. Still, the horticulture industry is on the threshold of change and has reason to be optimistic.
December 9, 2014
Immigration — Obama Acts Without Congress
On November 20, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy, which are already proving to be politically divisive, and many Republican legislators say this unilaterally "poisons the well" for reform. In AmericanHort's view, that dire prediction need not be the case.
November 19, 2014
Take Action On EPA’s Waters Of The U.S. Rule
What does this mean for your business? It could potentially mean that chemical applications, ground disturbances (planting included) and many other normal business activities could require permitting and further, could be subject to EPA oversight.
October 7, 2014
AmericanHort Names Its Newly Appointed Industry Advocacy Committee
The committee will develop the extent and manner in which AmericanHort pursues and implements actions to influence legislation, regulation and public policy.
January 1, 2014
Affordable Care Act, Cash Accounting And Immigration Reform: An Update From D.C.
Health care, labor, cash accounting and regulatory affairs are four areas of concern for the floriculture industry. Here’s what you can expect in 2014.
December 5, 2012
What Obama’s Re-Election Means To Greenhouse Operations
They say elections have consequences, and this year’s has especially big consequences for the greenhouse and nursery industry. Of course, President Obama won both the Electoral College and popular vote, capturing pretty much all the states that were considered up for grabs. In the U.S. Senate, Democrats had to defend twice as many seats as Republicans, and many of them were in the conservative Midwest and Plains states. But Republicans’ high hopes of gaining control of the upper chamber were dashed. Democrats are expected to have a net gain of two seats, presuming that independent candidate Angus King of Maine caucuses with the majority. Republicans held the House. They lost about seven seats but maintain a comfortable margin of control. Despite a record $6 billion spent on political advertising, little has changed. Americans seem inclined by instinct toward divided government, and that’s the reality for at least the next few […]
March 23, 2018
Meister Media Worldwide Forms Joint Venture With NXT Ev…
The first event of the joint venture between Meister Media (parent company of Greenhouse Grower) and NXT Events will be “Growing Innovations,” which will debut in November 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.
March 23, 2018
Bell Nursery’s Gary Mangum Provides Insight on De…
In light of the March 14 announcement that Bell Nursery Holdings LLC had been acquired by Central Garden & Pet, Greenhouse Grower caught up with Bell Nursery CEO Gary Mangum to get the backstory on the deal. Here is our full interview with Mangum.
March 23, 2018
New Light Management System Aims for Consistent Plant P…
The HelioCORE light control software system is designed to help growers automatically manage supplemental lighting and adjust schedules and intensity in real time.
March 22, 2018
Why Your Efforts to Sell Plants Fall Short and What You…
It’s time to look at outside industries for ideas and inspiration on what we can do to operate more efficiently in today’s economy.
March 21, 2018
New Lighting Series is Adaptable to Several Environment…
The NeoPAR series from Illumitex is designed to foster photosynthesis in all stages of plant development.
March 20, 2018
California Spring Trials 2018 Central Region Preview: B…
Check out this California Spring Trials 2018 Central Region preview of new varieties from Ball Horticultural Co., Dümmen Orange, PlantHaven International, and Suntory Flowers.
March 20, 2018
Survey Says: Poinsettia Prices, Sales, and Production I…
Traditional reds were still bestsellers, but interest continues to grow in white and novelty varieties. Greenhouse Grower’s annual survey provides an in-depth look at the holiday season.
March 20, 2018
Seed Your Future Dinner Celebrates Focus on New, Young …
During a Seed Your Future Leadership Meeting Fundraiser dinner at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania's Ag Secretary thanked the Seed Your Future initiative for its efforts to create awareness of horticulture and careers in horticulture.
March 19, 2018
Green Fuse Botanicals Expanding Distribution Network
The company’s expanded product line has created an opportunity to broaden its reach to the grower community through a wider range of brokers.
March 18, 2018
New Soil Amendment From Kemin Promotes More Efficient N…
Valena, a soil amendment sourced from a proprietary strain of Euglena gracilis (algae) rich in beta-glucan, is designed to support the growth of healthy and strong plants.
March 17, 2018
National Garden Bureau Once Again Bringing Garden Write…
The National Garden Bureau is again hitting the road for California Spring Trials (CAST) with influential garden communicators, with the goal of connecting breeders and brokers with consumers via these influencers with large followings.
March 14, 2018
Dramm Offering New Video Chat Option for Service Issues…
The Dramm Corporation recently introduced two new resources for its greenhouse grower customers to deal with indoor growing conditions.
March 14, 2018
Bell Nursery Acquired by Central Garden & Pet
Greenhouse Grower just learned that Bell Nursery, headquartered in Elkridge, MD, has been acquired by Central Garden & Pet Company, a leading innovator, producer, and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn and garden and pet supplies markets.