Workers are required to wear uniforms and use tools restricted to the section of the facility where they work, and street clothes are prohibited

December 16, 2016

House Failure To Address H-2B Exemption Could Affect Spring 2017 Season

Despite efforts by AmericanHort and others in the industry, the House of Representatives failed to renew the Returning Worker Exemption, a policy that helps ensure that small and seasonal businesses have an adequate workforce for the peak spring season.

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December 5, 2016

How Bailey Nurseries Has Found Solutions To The Labor Shortage

A changing seasonal workforce led this Minnesota-based company to explore new labor sources through the H-2A program and refugee organizations, and it’s working out for the better.

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December 2, 2016

Kelly Norris: How The “Me Too” Philosophy Affects Plant Breeding

When you’re selling the exact same thing as everyone else, it’s unrealistic to expect customers to buy only from you.

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November 29, 2016

Texas Judge Halts Overtime Rule; Here’s What It Means For Greenhouse Growers

According to Craig Regelbrugge at AmericanHort, the injunction against the overtime rule is welcome news for horticulture.

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November 23, 2016

Allan Armitage: Relax, There Are More Plant Enthusiasts Than We Think

When times get tough, we would do well to remember that there are people of all types still interested in plants.

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November 15, 2016

Thoughts For Greenhouse Growers To Consider When Automating

With labor getting scarce and minimum wages on the rise, Cole Mangum of Bell Nursery says it’s time to take a closer look at automating your operation.

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November 7, 2016

Hoffman Nursery Embarks On New Opportunities In Green Infrastructure

Thirty years ago, John and Jill Hoffman set off on an epic adventure to grow ornamental grasses. Today, Hoffman Nursery continues to evolve, and through its leadership, the operation is helping to secure a position for horticulture on one of the next great frontiers — green infrastructure.

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October 27, 2016

Allan Armitage: Plants I Am Finally Seeing More Of (About Time!)

Here are four plants showing up more often in the garden and landscape that are set to make a comeback.

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October 17, 2016

Altman Plants Hosts Media Day To Highlight Its Water Saving Programs

This month, Altman celebrated more than 100 million gallons of water saved since its water recycling program began operation.

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October 7, 2016

How To Train Your Employees To Read Shipping Labels Properly

Avoid costly mistakes by training your employees to accurately read shipping and tray labels with this easy, three-step method.

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September 28, 2016

Floriculture Industry Working To Solve The Whitefly Problem

This summer, the floriculture industry has been faced with a dangerous new development — the detection of the Q-Biotype whitefly (Bemisia tabaci) in outdoor landscapes. It’s the first time that the Q-Biotype has been found in the U.S., outside of a greenhouse or wholesale nursery, since the pest was first detected on an ornamental plant in an Arizona greenhouse in December 2004. This year in Florida, there have been 47 detections of the Q since April, in retail nurseries and residential landscapes in 10 counties in Florida, from Miami-Dade to Duval County, primarily on hibiscus. Other hosts involved are crossandra, eggplant transplants, lantana, ficus, and porter weed. The detections have been in 17 retail nurseries, eight wholesale nurseries, 10 residential landscapes, and two agricultural fields. Other states have reported Q-Biotype detections this year, as well. The discovery of Q-Biotype whitefly in the landscape is troubling for the entire ornamentals industry, […]

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September 27, 2016

Check Out The Latest In Lighting Technology For Greenhouses

Manufacturers are developing several innovative lighting systems that can help growers save on energy efficiency, while improving plant quality. Here’s a look at some of their newest offerings.

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