Cultivate'17 Announces Keynote & Professional Development Opportunities

AmericanHort’s Cultivate’17, July 15-18 in Columbus, OH, is the horticulture industry’s renowned professional development event with the largest all-industry trade show, best-in-class tours and workshops, and the most comprehensive professional, technical, and staff development opportunities. Cultivate is “where the green industry comes together” and has been for over 85 years.

Headlining as keynote at Cultivate’17 is the popular business management expert and author, Jon Gordon. The Sunday morning Cultivate keynote will focus on lessons from Jon’s Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus.

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Bee Health Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the Horticulture Industry

The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort research foundation, has released new Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bee Pollinator Health in the Horticulture Industry. Relevant to greenhouse and nursery growers as well as landscape managers, the BMPs were developed by a team of researchers, including those funded directly by HRI, to convey research results to date. They will be updated as the research effort continues. By following BMP guidelines, horticulture can do its part to support pollinator health.

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Call for the Best and the Brightest Students in Horticulture

The AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2017. Since 2007, 58 students from across the world have participated. Twenty-two colleges and universities have been represented, showcasing the diversity of top-level horticulture programs. Each year, applications reflect vast variations in interests and passions. In 2016 alone, the HortScholars’ majors ranged from Horticulture Entrepreneurship to Landscape Management.

The HortScholars program is open to any student in a horticulture-related degree program, and includes students pursuing any degree level including associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD. Students wishing to apply may do so online at

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AmericanHort Launches New Knowledge Center

It might just be better than Google. The AmericanHort Knowledge Center has gotten an updated look and improved functionality. It's more searchable, accessible, resourceful, and useful for member businesses and their staff.

Resources include articles from leading industry experts, webinar recordings, and videos. Users simply need to login in with their AmericanHort ID and password to have a 3,000+ article and media library right at their fingertips. Information is organized by industry segment with something for every industry professional. Advocacy efforts and news from Washington, D.C. has its own stream under "Washington Impact."

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(The Knowledge Center is an AmericanHort Member Benefit. Learn more about membership and its benefits.)



Ken Fisher Announced as AmericanHort President and Chief Executive Officer

The AmericanHort Board of Directors has named Ken Fisher as the company’s next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Fisher has 20 years of experience leading public and privately-held companies, including iconic consumer brands with The Coleman Company and Elmer’s Products Inc. Ken’s diverse business experience will further the vision and strategy of AmericanHort while bringing proven organizational management to achieve the desired results.

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AmericanHort Testimony Defends Importance of H-2B Program

Wednesday, June 8, the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing titled, “The H-2B Temporary Foreign Worker Program: Examining the Effects on Americans’ Job Opportunities and Wages.” The Committee chairman, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), invited a panel of union, worker advocate, and immigration restrictionists who presented a hostile picture of the program as a threat to American workers and wages. 

Presenting a unified front, AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals submitted joint written testimony for the hearing. AmericanHort urges horticulture industry members to let their Representatives in the House know of the importance of the H-2B program in our industry, and to support continuation of the returning worker exemption in the coming year.   

“The helping hands of temporary and seasonal H-2B workers lift up the job security and success of thousands upon thousands of American workers employed in industries like horticulture and landscaping,” said Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort senior vice president. “Rather than scapegoating a program that works, Congress should recognize its benefits, and get on with the business of modernizing America’s immigration and visa programs in the interest of the economy.”

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