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Thursday, November 2, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Right now, we have our best opportunity to secure H-2B cap relief before Spring 2018 »
Some of you will jump immediately into action —and we thank you! Others of you are ready to delete this message. Befor...
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
MA Farmers Voice Their Concerns About National Ag Policy During USDA Perdue's Listening Session »
NORTHBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - Sept. 1, 2017 - U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Massac...
Wednesday, August 16, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Horticultural Research Institute: Now Accepting Scholarship Applications »
Application deadline closes September 8, 2017 Scholarships totaling $18,500 for the 2017-2018 school year are made poss...
Tuesday, July 11, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Put Smart Irrigation Month to work for your business – and our water resources »
Smart Irrigation Month is the industry’s showcase month to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of eff...
Monday, June 26, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Crop Insurance Listening Sessions Coming Up! »
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation offers a “nursery policy” in all 50 states. However, the nursery crop insurance sys...
Sunday, June 25, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Action on Deferred Action – One Program Rescinded, Another Lives On »
The Department of Homeland Security has rescinded one Obama-era executive action granting relief from deportation to certa...
Thursday, June 22, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
USDA Adds Plants to “Not Authorized” List for Importation »
USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was scheduled to publish a Federal Register notice on June 19...
Wednesday, June 21, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Pilot Cert Program for Plant Cuttings Set to Launch this October »
Offshore-produced plant cuttings of diverse varieties of annuals and perennials have become an important component of the...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
AmericanHort: Important Update Regarding Genetically Modified Petunias »
AmericanHort offers a brief update for those who are following the emerging situation regarding the distribution and sale...
Friday, March 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Stay on top of upcoming disease and insect problems in the landscape »
The Landscape Message for March 31, 2017 has been posted. UMass Extension's Landscape Message is a regular update t...
Monday, March 27, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Maine to prohibit the sale of 33 plants named invasive »
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry has adopted rules that prohibit the sale of 33 terrestria...
Tuesday, January 31, 2017   (0 Comments - view/add)
Boxwood Blight: Researchers Looking Outside of the Box for Solutions »
WASHINGTON, DC and COLUMBUS, OH—January 26, 2017 — Boxwood blight (BB) continues to spread throughout the US. The Universi...
Thursday, November 10, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Historic Drought Conditions Continue for Commonwealth, Cape and Islands Downgraded »
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation by Public Necessary While portions of Massachusetts have...
Friday, October 7, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Drought Conditions Continue for Large Portions of Commonwealth, Western Region Increased to Drought »
Monitoring of Water Resources to Continue, Water Conservation by Public Necessary BOSTON – October 7, 2016 – With lar...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
USDA Declares Primary Natural Disaster Areas for 14 Massachusetts Counties »
Qualified Farms are Eligible for Financial Assistance Due to ongoing drought conditions and their effect on Massachuset...
Friday, September 16, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
USDA Designates 11 Counties in Massachusetts as Primary Natural Disaster Areas »
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 11 counties in Massachusetts as primary natural dis...
Thursday, September 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
USDA Drought Disaster Designates 4 Massachusetts Counties & FSA Emergency Loan Program »
On August 29 and September 2, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) declared certain counties in New Hampshire...
Thursday, September 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
H-2B: Congress Again Holds Our Spring Season in Its Hands »
Whether or not there will be enough H-2B visas to ensure an orderly and productive Spring of 2017 is all up to Congress....
Thursday, September 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Tree Assistance Program (TAP) »
Orchardists, small fruit (including blueberries, caneberries and cranberries) and nursery tree & shrub growers who exp...
Wednesday, September 7, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Baker-Polito Administration Launches Drought Emergency Loan Fund »
BOSTON –Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced the launch of the Massachusetts Drought Emergency Loan Fund, whic...
Tuesday, September 6, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Proposed Amendments to Regulations »
Please be aware that 330 CMR 9.00 (Plant Quarantine Regulations) will be open for public comment. Visit the Massachusett...
Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Farm Bureau Urges Governor Baker To Declare Drought A Disaster »
MARLBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS, August 31, 2016 - In response to growing concerns about the far-reaching impacts that this ye...
Monday, August 29, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Financial assistance available for UMass Extension's Green School »
UMass Extension's Green School is a bi-annual certificate course, scheduled for this fall in Milford, Massachusetts. Gree...
Friday, August 12, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Plant Importers Take Notes! »
Those importing live plants, unrooted cuttings, and cut flowers should be aware that the federal government is steadily mo...
Friday, August 12, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
What Do Horticulture Employers Expect of Recent College Grads? »
Researchers would like your help to identify your expectations, as an employer, of college students who have completed a p...
Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Europe Makes Modest Change to Xylella Import Rules »
A bit of good news has emerged for those seeking to export plant material to the European Union (EU). Plants grown in vitr...
Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
What's PlantPAC? »
Well, it’s not a new way of displaying plants to the consumer. It is, however, a way to present our industry to decision-m...
Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
OMB Meeting Focuses on H-2 Program Delays, Solutions »
AmericanHort met last month with officials of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Labor to dis...
Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
New Bill Would Soften Blow of Overtime Rule »
Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), a long-standing friend and champion of the horticulture industry, has introduced a bill that wo...
Friday, July 8, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
UMass Extension: Dry, Dry, Dry... Resources for Landscapers »
Conditions in the region were dry last fall, the winter lacked normal snowfall amounts, and now some areas of Massachusett...
Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Is the World Upside Down? »
Here’s a disturbing report from the field. The H-2B community continues its fight for renewal of the exemption for returni...
Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
Rose Rosette Project Forges Ahead »
Often called America’s favorite flower, and indeed our national flower, the rose is undeniably a garden staple in the U.S....
Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
A Dose of Health Care Relief, for Some »
The House of Representatives may soon approve legislation known as the Small Business Health Care Relief Act (H.R. 5447)....
Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
House to Agencies: Make H-2A Work Better »
There’s no real path for significant legislative modernization of America’s immigration and temporary visa system before 2...
Wednesday, June 22, 2016   (0 Comments - view/add)
H-2B at a Critical Moment »
The House Appropriations Committee plans to take up the Fiscal 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill tomorrow, June 2...

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