Tag Archives: AmericanHort

Stories from Cultivate’18: Labor, technology dominate

Once again, the early birds got the worms at Cultivate’18. Every year, the No. 1 horticulture conference in the country starts its days with programs that provided great in-depth conversations about the industry. This year was no exception. For example, while AmericanHort discussed retail trends and plant benefits during its… Read more »

Birthday surprise: Cultivate’18 app adds to show experience

Having a birthday on June 27 is pretty sweet. It’s  six months away from Christmas. You share a birthday with Helen Keller and Captain Kangaroo. But it also means that Cultivate’18 is less than three weeks away, so it’s crunch time for exhibitors like us. As I was visiting the… Read more »

GPN 40 Under 40 nod helps us grow in horticulture industry

A few weeks ago, we were proud to find out that our own sales executive Dylan Fulk was named to the GPN (Greenhouse Product News) 40 Under 40 list for 2018. The GPN 40 Under 40 recognizes 40 outstanding members of the horticulture industry who are younger than 40. And… Read more »

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 »