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Wrapping Your Head Around Tax Reform

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Thanks to the just passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the tax rate for incorporated greenhouse businesses will be reduced from its current 35% to 21% for the 2018 tax year and thereafter. And, although the business tax cuts are permanent, the tax cuts for individuals are temporary, expiring in 2026.

Unfortunately, while regular “C” corporations will be taxed at a flat 21% tax rate, the majority of small businesses and professional practices doing business as pass-through businesses will face new personal tax rates higher than the corporate tax rate.

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Tags:  business management  commercial flower growers  Grower Talks  nursery grower  tax law 

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EU expected to vote on pesticide ban after major scientific review

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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New Resources Promote Benefits of Indoor Plants

Posted By By Jennifer Gray, AmericanHort, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Indoor plants where we live, learn, heal and work have far-reaching positive effects on our well-being and indoor environment, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).

To lift up the message, four new #PlantsDoThat infographics focus on the multitude of ways indoor plants positively affect where we live, where we work, where we heal, and where we learn. The infographics can be viewed and downloaded for free from NICH’s website. Growers, retailers, teachers, extension agents, and interiorscapers are encouraged to use these free promotional and educational resources.

“Greening the great indoors is a way to help create sustainable indoor ecology and healthy minds and bodies,” says Dr. Charles Hall, Ellison Chair, Texas A&M. The infographic series was developed from a scientific literature review of evidence developed by Dr. Hall and his students.

“We envision this series of infographics to be used as a tool to showcase the power of indoor plants in our personal and public spaces,” says Debbie Hamrick, NICH Economic Committee chair. “We want to raise awareness of the positive benefits of plants in our lives. Plants clean indoor air, stabilize carbon dioxide, and create comfortable ambient air humidity.”

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is a consortium of industry leaders, including AmericanHort, who are promoting the benefits and value of horticulture. NICH brings together academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to cultivate the growth and development of a healthy world through landscapes, gardens, and plants both indoors and out and to get 90% of U.S. households gardening by 2025.

Tags:  AmericanHort  commercial flower growers  marketing  National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture  nursery grower  plant benefits 

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Greenhouse Industry’s Positive Momentum Looks Like it Will Carry Into 2018

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, February 16, 2018
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6 Small Conifers To Add To Your Landscape

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, February 16, 2018
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Benchmarking the Industry

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, February 16, 2018

COLUMBUS, OH, January 30, 2018 -- The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is asking all business and nonprofits engaged in horticulture for their input in a brief, three-minute survey to help grow the industry.

This short industry survey is designed to measure the types of information used to run horticultural businesses and to identify ways to increase horticulture’s access to federal, state, and other sources of critical funding.

“These resources will shape our ability to grow and strengthen the industry as a whole,” says Debbie Hamrick, chair of the Economic Committee for NICH conducting the survey.

“NICH wants the industry to have more. More customers. More sales. More profit. More understanding from government when laws, policies, or rules are put in place,” she explains.  “In essence, we want more impact.”

NICH is asking all business and nonprofits engaged in horticulture for their input in the economic survey. “We need hundreds of industry people to help NICH understand the internal and external economic and marketing sources they use,” she explains. 

Some of the questions the survey asks are which internal numbers are the ones tracked to benchmark performance? What external information is helpful in developing sales and marketing plans, or in speaking before your City Council or County Commissioners about expanding your business?

The results of this survey will help NICH identify what data is important to collect, understand, and disseminate to the industry. It also will identify any gaps in current data and prioritize NICH’s efforts, says Hamrick, who is the director of specialty crops for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation.

The information NICH develops will be accessible and usable by the industry to meet its needs, whether that’s boosting business sales through a better understanding of the market, or boosting individual productivity and/or profitability through better knowledge of the economic drivers impacting business.

NICH has already made strides in documenting, measuring, and disseminating the economic impact and benefits of consumer and community horticulture. Through the publication of the first free-to-use #PlantsDoThat infographic, NICH created a tool to shift the conversation to the benefits the industry provides to the economy, environment, human health and society.

Additional infographics demonstrating how plants impact and improve our lives where we work, live, heal, and learn will be released this winter.

“The economic health and profitability of the multitude of sectors involved in consumer horticulture is vitally important to the industry’s long term sustainability,” says Hamrick. “We encourage all businesses and non-profits engaged in horticulture to take part in this survey: https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_43gZpbu7oi9lRQ1.

About NICH

The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) seeks to advance consumer horticulture, develop consistent messaging, and guide efforts in accessing federal, state, local resources for the purpose of growing the industry’s impact. NICH is helping to create a unified voice, promoting the benefits and value of horticulture to targeted audiences. NICH brings together academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to cultivate the growth and development of a healthy world through landscapes, gardens, and plants – indoors and out. To learn more about NICH, visit www.ConsumerHort.org and sign up for regular updates.

Tags:  benchmarking  commercial flower growers  National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture  nursery grower 

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Hot-Selling Succulents Remain Hip, With No End in Sight

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Building a Smart, Sustainable Greenhouse

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, January 25, 2018
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This Army of AI Robots Will Feed the World

Posted By MNLA eNews, Thursday, January 25, 2018
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Does Light Quantity Trump Light Quality?

Posted By MNLA eNews, Wednesday, December 27, 2017

When we think about lighting of plants, the different dimensions we consider are light quantity (intensity), light quality (spectrum), photoperiod (hours of light per day) and uniformity. Usually, we think of these four parameters independently, but we know that they interact with each other to regulate plant growth and development. Therefore, when considering photoperiodic or supplemental greenhouse lighting, we should consider these factors simultaneously. Here’s a brief summary of these two lighting applications.

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Tags:  commercial flower growers  light  plants 

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