This might be old news for those of you in the know, but for those who might have missed it, here’s the scoop on some important developments in the green industry that took place just last year.

In January of 2014, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) and the OFA—The Association of Horticultural Professionals, joined forces and consolidated their membership rolls under a new name, AmericanHort.

Just a few short months later in April 2014, AmericanHort helped publish a revised and updated version of the American National Standard’s Institute’s (ANSI) Z60.1, Standards for Nursery Stock. According to the AmericanHort website:

“The revisions included in the 2014 edition were developed by the association’s Horticultural Standards Committee from January, 2005, through August, 2013. The proposed revisions were then submitted to a ‘canvass list’ comprising horticulture-focused societies, associations, companies, and individuals, and related government agencies for their review and endorsement in order to develop ‘evidence of industry consensus’ to meet ANSI requirements for accredited national standards. The results of the canvass ballots unanimously approving the revisions were provided to ANSI and approved on April 14, 2014.”

If you regulate the quality of nursery stock being planted in your community, take some time to review these most current standards.