Tag Archives: AmericanHort

AmericanHort Launches New Website, Social Space

AmericanHort social 2

This may seem odd, but I’m not totally on board with social media. I know, I know — how can I say that while I’m writing my second blog post this week, and will send it out on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn the moment it gets published? Fair enough. Let… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Conference scams 2016: How to help fight back

Scam fight back

I’ll never forget that time my grandmother was tricked by a scam artist. It was the first time this tough country girl looked every bit of the 90-something years she’s been living on this world. It wasn’t so much the money that was taken from her after she gave out… Read more »