October 25, 2016
AFE Develops Employer Resource Guide For Floral Internship Programs
The guide was created to help greenhouse and floral companies build a successful internship program, with easy-to-use guidelines and steps to create meaningful learning experiences for the next generation of business leaders.
October 26, 2016
New American Floral Endowment Video Creates Awareness About Horticulture Careers
The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has created a video to promote careers in floriculture and horticulture and to inform students about AFE scholarship and internship programs.
October 25, 2016
EPA’s Worker Protection Changes To Take Effect In January 2017
The EPA has made a significant number of changes to the Worker Protection Standard, and growers must be compliant by January 2017. Experts from Michigan State University Extension outline how some of these changes could affect you.
October 4, 2016
The New Realities Of Labor Broached At AmericanHort’s 2016 Plug & Cutting Conference
During a labor presentation given at AmericanHort’s 2016 Plug & Cutting Conference, three industry players give their take on the current labor crisis and offer solutions to address the growing challenges.
September 22, 2016
AmericanHort Hosting Webinar On Overtime Rule Compliance
The webinar takes place on Thursday, Sept. 29. AmericanHort is also throwing its support behind the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act.
September 20, 2016
How California’s New Overtime Law Will Affect Greenhouse Growers
Some growers say they will have to make hard decisions about worker benefits or the crops they grow. One thing is certain: the need to automate is now more critical than ever.
September 13, 2016
Newly Signed California Law Expands Overtime To Farmworkers
The new law, which will be phased in beginning in 2019, is the first of its kind in the nation to end the 80-year-old practice of applying separate labor rules to agricultural laborers.
September 10, 2016
Now Is The Best Time To Demand Federal H-2B Program Support
Congress is expected to pass a continuing resolution spending bill in the near future, and whether or not that measure includes an H-2B returning worker exemption could impact your labor supply for 2017.
September 2, 2016
Why You Might Need An Employee Handbook For Your Greenhouse
Employee handbooks are not just for big greenhouse operations that employ large numbers of workers. According to a Michigan State University expert, they are an important human resources management tool that all growers should have.
June 14, 2016
Fate Of H-2B Program A Hot Topic On Capitol Hill This Week
Following a Senate hearing on the economic impact of the H-2B Program, the House Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up its own version of a funding bill this week.
May 3, 2016
Migrant Farm Workers Moving Around Less Than In The Past, According To New Study
The number of farm workers who migrate and work on multiple farms during the growing season dropped from 55% in 1998 to 20% in 2009.
January 3, 2016
60,000 New Ag Jobs Leave Employers Scrambling For Talent
A new report indicates that while new jobs in the agriculture industry may be plentiful, there are not enough new ag graduates to fill the positions.
December 22, 2015
Newly Signed 2016 Spending Bill Includes H-2B Relief Provisions
Late last week, President Obama signed into law an omnibus spending bill for the fiscal year 2016 that includes important H-2B relief provisions.
November 17, 2015
Urgent: Your Voice Is Needed On Two Important H-2B Bills
Two bills concerning the H-2B program were recently introduced in the House and Senate (H.R.3918 and S.2225). Both bills address key issues that employers continue to face with the H-2B program. Please urge your members of Congress to support these bills.
October 27, 2015
How Dallas Johnson Greenhouses Is Simplifying Shipping
Two years ago, Dallas Johnson Greenhouses, a 61-acre operation in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and No. 21 of Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 Growers, was struggling to get its orders out. With its range of potted annuals, there were so many skus that it was impossible to get enough carts into the shipping greenhouse, and the crew couldn’t get orders processed fast enough. As a result, the operation was consistently pulling orders until midnight every night during the busy shipping season, says President and CEO Todd Johnson. So Johnson got together with Arie Van Wingerden at Cherry Creek Systems to discuss his problem, and what they came up with has changed everything, Johnson says. Inside one of Dallas Johnson Greenhouses’ existing structures, the team installed a shipping system made with Echo-Veyors, the popular cable conveyor system designed by Cherry Creek Systems. The system was placed right in the front of the greenhouse, […]
September 23, 2015
Cultivate’15 Session Reveals How To Attract Young Growers, And Keep Them
A dynamic discussion during Cultivate’15 between growers, horticulture professors and both current students and recent graduates, provided some insight on how grower operations can attract the next generation of growers, and what’s important to make them stay once you hire them. The session, “Attracting the Next Generation of Industry Professionals,” featured a panel including Dr. Peg McMahon of The Ohio State University’s Horticulture and Crop Science Department, Dr. Marvin Miller of Ball Horticultural Co., Dr. Brian Jackson from North Carolina State University’s Department of Horticulture, Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm, Douglas Schuster of Kingwood Center and Courtney Crawford of Millcreek Gardens. The preface for the session is something many industry professionals have lamented for years now — enrollment in college horticulture programs is dropping, and university programs are losing funds or disappearing. Much of this may be attributed to the perception among potential students and their parents that horticulture means […]