The Business of Horticulture

The Business of Horticulture blog explores the business world of horticulture, from the front office through the greenhouse and beyond. We discuss current trends that affect horticulture, such as human resources (overtime rules, immigration reform, ACA), business processes, and technology.

Ideological inflexibility could hurt horticulture industry

Congress Horticulture Industry

It’s not a stretch to say standing up for your own ideals and beliefs is noble. But there’s a point where blindly standing up for your ideals turns from noble to pig-headed. This is exhibited best in none other than the U.S. government. We saw a taste of it this… Read more »

Recapping the Production Technology Conference

Production Technology Conference Booth

No matter how much bravado you have, it’s always nerve-wracking to step into the unknown. And usually, the fear and doubt is usually for nothing. My dad had the best advice about these types of situations: “Don’t panic early.” Think about it: It gives you permission to panic if the… Read more »

Supporting Software At The Production Technology Conference

Production Technology Conference

A while ago, we told ourselves we would always “walk the floor” of a trade show before we exhibited at it. And, after being burned several times, we would never, ever exhibit at a brand new trade show. Then the AmercanHort Production Technology Conference came along, and we decided that… Read more »

Education continues at Production Technology Conference

Education session at Cultivate'17

Have you ever anticipated something so much that your mind waffles between the best-case scenario and the worst-case scenario? That happened to both Greg Lafferty and I leading up to Cultivate’17, where he presented his first-ever educational sessions at the long-running horticulture conference.   For weeks leading up to Cultivate’17,… Read more »

From learning about horticulture to education at Cultivate’17

Horticulture Education

Greg Lafferty, our senior account manager, has hoping for years to educate all levels of growers in the horticulture industry during Cultivate, and this year he will finally get his chance. When you think about it, it’s probably a good thing that he waited this long. We’ve learned so much… Read more »

2017 Top 100 Growers: Immigration, technology top concerns

Top 100 Growers 2017 automation

I was surprised when I read Laura Drotleff’s editorial in the 2017 Top 100 Growers edition of Greenhouse Grower magazine this month. In it, she mentioned the editorial board of the horticulture trade publication wondered if they should change the way they do things. For more than 30 years, Greenhouse… Read more »

Illegal immigration raids have attention of horticulture industry

immigration raids

Craig Regelbrugge, the vice president for government relations and research for AmericanHort, is at it again, and I appreciate it very much. In the past few weeks, Regelbrugge has written two blog posts that explain the potential impact to the horticulture industry of some of the executive orders and actions President… Read more »

Recent cloud-based server hacks serve as warning to all

CERN cloud server

I don’t know how Deb Carpenter Beck does it. The longtime Sage Construction and Real Estate marketer, who can still be found on the Plumb Bob Square Rants blog, always writes about the most topical posts in the industry. Ironically her latest blog post hit too close to home as we’re… Read more »

Agriculture lobby looking to shed light on immigration

Agriculture lobbying

In this day and age, the word “lobbyist” has grown to become a word of disdain and derision. It’s almost as if the term has become synonymous with graft and corruption. However, as I was reading through a couple of blog posts written* by Craig Regelbrugge, the American Horticultural Industry’s… Read more »

Overtime ruling delay welcome says horticulture industry representative

Overtime ruling 2

The horticulture industry was keeping an eye on the calendar — and a U.S. District Court in Texas — as December approached this year. Back in May, the Department of Labor issued a final ruling updating the overtime requirements for salaried employees. Since the salary requirements in the overtime rules hadn’t… Read more »