Celebrating a Legacy: Help Honor Craig

Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort Senior Vice President of Industry Advocacy and Research, is a familiar and friendly face in industry circles. Craig has dedicated his 25-year career to being the bridge between industry and the decisions made on capital hill. 

Many in the industry consider themselves fortunate to have had the privilege of assisting in Craig's work, while many more have been the beneficiaries of his knowledge and insights. In honor of Craig's extraordinary contributions to the horticultural industry, a group of AmericanHort and HRI friends conceived a plan to create a special HRI endowment fund in Craig's name: "The Craig Regelbrugge - Advocates for Horticulture Fund." This fund will provide needed funding for continuing horticultural research and also serves as a public acknowledgement of gratitude for Craig's service to the industry.

Craig's 52nd birthday is this November. Help us honor his legacy by reaching $52K by his 52nd birthday. #52Kby52Y 

Support Craig's legacy now now. Simply note "Craig Regelbrugge" in the Contributions field >>



Cultivate'16 Results and Cultivate'17 Excitement

AmericanHort’s signature event Cultivate, has been leading the industry for more than85 years. The exceptionalism of this event rests in one thing: the entire industry gathers here. Cultivate’16 was no different with representation from a breadth of industry segments, including garden retailers, nursery growers, landscapers, greenhouse growers, interior plantscapers, florists, and industry suppliers. 

Attendees came from 34 countries and represented all 50 U.S. states, culminating in nearly 10,000 attendees. A record number of emerging professionals - over 1,000 - were in attendance. Additionally, numerous industry groups such as Garden Writers Association, ECGC Distributors, Society of American Florists, America in Bloom, Royal Netherlands Embassy, CropLife America Group, and CalPoly Alumni convened at Cultivate. 

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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."

But that's enough backstory. You really need to check it out for yourself. >>

(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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AmericanHort and Other Founding Partners Launch the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

On June 3, 2015, the National Pollinator Garden Network (NPGN), an unprecedented collaboration of national, regional, conservation and gardening groups, launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. This is a strategic effort to promote and protect the needs of pollinators in North America. >> Learn more.