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Government impacts business. And it impacts horticulture businesses in ways that it may not understand until its too late. That's why our team on Capital Hill exists to share the industry's voice and keep you informed of exactly what's happening as soon as -- if not before -- it does. The Washington Impact newsletter and briefings are exactly what you need to stay abreast of what Uncle Sam is up to.

Craig Regelbrugge April 25 2017

U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) will be the opening conference speaker at the Impact Washington advocacy leaders’ summit hosted by AmericanHort in our Nation’s Capital on September 11 – 13. Tillis will address our group bright and early on Tuesday, September 12. 
 
Building on a successful private industry career, Tillis was elected to the Nort...

Craig Regelbrugge April 25 2017

On April 25, President Donald Trump held a “farmers’ roundtable” in the West Wing of the White House. Roughly a dozen producers were invited, representing diverse geographies and industries. We were most fortunate to have horticulture at the table, the seat capably filled by Tom Demaline, president and CEO of Willoway Nurseries in Avon, OH and incoming Chairman of the Board of...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 25 2017

Dr. Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech, is leading a large study to evaluate the efficacy of several biologically based control products against boxwood blight and released a report on the work thus far. Please keep in mind that this study was only conducted one time, and final conclusions cannot be drawn yet. However, some of the products warrant further examination.
 
All products w...

Craig Regelbrugge April 25 2017

The Employment and Training Administration of the Department of Labor has published a Federal Register notice specifying the following:  (1) The allowable charges for 2017 that employers seeking H-2A workers in occupations other than range herding may charge their workers when the employer provides ...

Craig Regelbrugge April 25 2017

Dozens of green industry employers left their businesses at peak season to come to Washington on April 26 for a day of lobbying Congress to fix the H-2B cap. They were joined by others from the resort and hospitality, seafood, forestry, and other affected industries. AmericanHort continues to urge Congress to include H-2B cap relief in a spending package for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. &...

Davi Bowen April 25 2017

This week marks President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, but there won’t be much time to celebrate. The White House and Congress have until April 28 to reach an agreement on funding the federal government for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year.
 
With only a few legislative days, Congress will need to come to an agreement on a spending measure t...

Jennifer Gray April 11 2017

Through strategic grant making, Horticultural Research Institute invests in a broad range of highly effective research projects. We invite researchers to explore the competitive grant opportunities made possible by our generous donors.
 
The Horticultural Research Institute is actively seeking research proposals for projects that will produce new knowledge and lead to applied...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 11 2017

A great deal of the horticulture industry’s success at managing insects, mites, pathogens, and weeds would not be possible without the IR-4 Ornamental Horticulture Program, a USDA-sponsored entity dedicated to increasing the specialty crop industry’s access to labeled control products. We have come to rely on the sound research sponsored by the IR-4 Program for both assistance in pe...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 11 2017

The EPA announced the denial of a petition to ban chlorpyrifos, the most common insecticide used around the world. In October 2015, the EPA proposed to revoke the all food residue tolerances for chlorpyrifos, based primarily on epidemiological studies.
 
Several groups challenged the methodology and scientific gaps on which EPA drew its conclusions. Among them are USDA ARS, t...

Craig Regelbrugge April 11 2017

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on April 24, the day the Senate returns from its two-week recess. The Senate Agriculture Committee approved his nomination on March 30. He received the support of all committee members, except New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Perdue has stated trade and agricultural labor/immigration reform as two high priorities...

In May 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final final rule doubling the salary level for "white collar" employees exempt from overtime pay, as well as the role of the overtime exemption for agricultural workers. We will discuss efforts to block the new overtime rule and possible strategies for employers to comply with the rule when it takes effect on December 1, 2016. From the...