Tag Archives: AmericanHort

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 »

Changes to Form I-9 could benefit horticulture industry

Over the past few years, we’ve kept up a conversation about HR compliance in the horticulture industry. Even though we’ve been involved with horticulture only for the past 10 years, we’ve seen a dramatic shift in laws ranging from health care to immigration that would never have affected the horticulture… Read more »

Education key to fending off cyber attacks at work

Sometimes I feel like a real pest. But I feel like I’m a rather safe and cautious pest. Yesterday, I sent an e-mail to Sherry Johnson and Tracy Phillips from AmericanHort to ask them about a company that said they published the organization’s media kit. We’ve been members of AmericanHort… Read more »