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Nursery Community Liaison

The nursery program was compiled by our Nursery Community. For questions on sessions, tours, etc. Jennifer would be happy to answer your questions or help select sessions that fit your business needs.

Jennifer Gray

Research Programs Administrator
JenniferG@AmericanHort.org
Direct Line: 614-884-1155

Welcome Nursery Growers.

Ever notice how nursery growers carry themselves just a little differently? There's a reason for that, and we get it. You've seen the industry evolve in ways that might have once been unimaginable, and you've survived and evolved faster, stronger, better. When you're looking to stay ahead of the curve, look here. There's information on plants, disease, governmental influences, business management, and more.


100+ Sessions - Relevant, Important, and Trending

Sessions are still being finalized, but in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the key topics below. NEW THIS YEAR: we'll tag finalized sessions so that you know what fits best with your experience — fundamental, intermediate, and progressive.

TURNKEY STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING WEEDS, DISEASE, AND INSECT PESTS
Where would our time go if it weren't managing pest and disease pressure? Now's your chance to find out with sessions that cover top pressures and the most effective strategies to manage them. Topics include:

  • The latest on Crape Myrtle bark scale
  • Improving weed control through IPM
  • Implementing algicide programs
  • Updates on rose rosette disease and control methods

BIOCONTROLS ARE YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND
A healthy army of biocontrols is your solution to stronger pest management and more successful outcomes. Topics include:

  • Utilizing biostimulants and overview of the ones available in the marketplace
  • How conserving beneficial insects can work in nursery production

RESEARCH NEVER RESTS, SO LEARN THE LATEST
The success of the nursery segment is integral to the success of the industry, which is why it's a key focus area for research across the country. Learn the latest discoveries and news from this research with topics that include:

  • Updates from the Horticultural Research Institute
  • Results and insights from the Clean Water Project (utilizes recycled water for production)
  • Sand filtration techniques to collect and minimize nutrient runoff

GOOD BUSINESS IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS
Sessions and topics that relate to how we do business as individuals and within the supply chain. Topics include:

  • Human resources: finding labor; hiring, firing, and retaining; new regulations and changes
  • Creating good culture: navigating the family business; making employees want to stay; succession planning
  • State of the industry: updates, supply chain challenges, and women in horticulture
  • SANC: Perspectives from those using the program and how it's being regulated

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