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.

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 »

HR Update: Senate Bill Also Targets Overtime Ruling

Overtime

There are some topics that lend themselves to updates. Take the U.S. government, for instance. (I’ll withhold any “Take my government, please” jokes for now.) On May 18, President Obama signed a Department of Labor Final Rule that would vastly change overtime pay criteria for certain white-collar salaried employees. The ruling,… Read more »

AmericanHort warns horticulture industry to prepare for overtime legislation

EAP Ag Legislation

I was so excited when AmericanHort announced a few weeks ago they were going to host a webinar called “Avoiding Audit Surprises: The New Overtime Rule and Other Federal Labor Topics.” This is a topic we’ve been discussing for years with the horticulture industry. It’s our goal to help people in… Read more »

Immigration penalties a reminder to stay in compliance

immigration penalties 2

It’s funny how government works. And I’m not talking “funny ha-ha.” Or, maybe I am, because some of the decisions made by government officials seem comical compared to others. As I was watching my TweetDeck feed earlier this week, I saw a Tweet go by with a link to an… Read more »