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News & Press: Press Release

AmericanHort Introduces Plant Sentry as Newest Affinity Program Partner

Monday, December 2, 2019  
Posted by: Terri Brown

For Immediate Release
Mary Beth Cowardin
Vice President Marketing & Member Engagement
MaryBethC@AmericanHort.org
614-884-1137

AmericanHort Introduced Plant Sentry™ as newest Affinity Program Partner
Providing wholesale, retail and on-line plant sellers with a compliance tool for interstate shipping  

 COLUMBUS, OH (December 3, 2019) – AmericanHort is pleased to announce the newest addition to its lineup of affinity business program partners, Plant Sentry™.  Plant Sentry is a software program pioneered by Nature Hills Nursery that provides a comprehensive plant compliance tool designed to ensure that wholesale, retail and e-commerce vendors grow and ship only plants that are fully compliant with all federal regulations and restrictions and those of all 50 states. AmericanHort members will be eligible for cost savings in using the Plant Sentry program. Savings will vary based on each business’ needs.

 “The Plant Sentry™ regulatory risk management tool saves countless hours in managing and understanding all federal and state rules. The tool helps monitor revolving inventory against ever-changing regulations, which can stop problems before they start by being proactive in ensuring you comply with the myriad of federal and state regulations,” said Jeff Dinslage, President and CEO of Plant Sentry.  “By using this tool, you can save labor hours, increase sales, protect your company’s reputation and limit the risk of liability.”

Plant Sentry maintains a consolidated national compliance database of all plant diseases, plant pests, invasive plants and quarantine regulations, which is regularly updated for both federal and all 50 states. The tool was modeled after the voluntary audit program, the Systems Approach for Nursery Certification (SANC), a program developed under the guidance of the National Plant Board, AmericanHort, the USDA/APHIS and other green industry leaders.

“With the continued growth of the green industry and of on-line commerce, it’s natural that the number of plants shipped across states and being sold on the Internet is climbing,” said Mary Beth Cowardin, VP of Marketing and Member Engagement at AmericanHort. “The increase in interstate shipping of live plant materials creates a greater risk of transferring pest-infested and invasive plants if shipments are not handled properly and requirements are not met. We are pleased to not only provide AmericanHort members with a savings opportunity, but to also help the entire green industry if we can mitigate the spread of pest and disease issues.”

To learn more about this affinity partner offer and all of the affinity partner programs available to AmericanHort members, contact AmericanHort at MemberService@AmericanHort.org or 614-487-1117.

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About AmericanHort

Green industry businesses perform better, grow faster and prepare for the future as a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association. With a rich history of serving horticultural professionals, AmericanHort supports nearly 15,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry's production, wholesale, retail, and landscape service components have annual sales of $348 billion, and sustain over 2.32 million full- and part-time jobs.