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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.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 14 2017

The Ornamental Horticulture group of the IR-4 Project has released another report important to the green industry - a summary of products evaluated for control of scales and mealybugs.
 
Scales and mealybugs are common pests in nursery and greenhouse production and landscapes. They feed on plant fluids, either from xylem or phloem depending on the species, and are capable of ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 14 2017

We know how important water as a resource is to the green industry. Researchers know it, too and are taking steps to ensure the results of their efforts are utilized and valued. To best do that, they need your input.
 
A national group of researchers led by Dr. Sarah White, Clemson University, was awarded a multi-million dollar grant over a five-year period to encourage the u...

Craig Regelbrugge March 14 2017

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $60 million in grants available to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that help support the success of spec...

Jennifer Gray March 14 2017

Exploring new ways to disseminate horticultural research is a core pursuit for the Horticultural Research Institute and is driving exciting changes for our donors and the industry.
 
The Journal of Environmental Horticulture was launched in 1983 to connect the industry to horticultural research and the researchers to the industry. HRI recognizes that highly relevant ...

Davi Bowen March 14 2017

Following the President’s signing of the Executive Order aimed at withdrawing the Waters of the US, or WOTUS, Rule on March 3, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers released a Notice of Intention to Review and Rescind or Revise the Clean Water Rule. The notice, signed by EPA Administrator Pruitt and by Douglas Lamont, senior official at the Department of the Army, was published March 6 in t...

Davi Bowen March 14 2017

On March 9, the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research held a hearing chaired by Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL). The hearing, one in a series to begin to prepare for the next Farm Bill, focused on the impact and effectiveness of the 2014 Farm Bill programs intended at benefiting specialty crop producers, including nursery and floriculture growers. Witnes...

Craig Regelbrugge March 14 2017

AmericanHort continues to lobby for H-2B reform, especially H-2B cap relief. Your help is urgently needed, so please read on. We are concerned that the 33,000 visa cap for the second half of fiscal year 2017 could be reached any day now. We hope that Congress will include the H-2B returning worker exemption or other cap relief as part of an appropriations package for the remainder of fiscal yea...

Craig Regelbrugge March 14 2017

AmericanHort is closely monitoring the health care debate to assess the potential impacts for our members. On March 6, 2017, House Republican leaders introduced legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation, entitled the American Health Care Act (AHCA), leaves in place many ACA components but does make changes to the individual and employer manda...

Jennifer Gray February 28 2017

The Horticultural Research Institute is pleased to announce the recognition of volunteer leaders and recent donors as it enters its 55th year of service to the green industry.
 
Officers for 2017 are President Jon Reelhorn, Belmont Nursery, Inc. (Fresno, CA); Immediate Past President Karl Losely, Herman Losely & Son, Inc. (Perry, OH); President Elect Jennifer D...

Jennifer Gray February 28 2017

The Horticultural Research Institute, the research affiliate of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the release of “Plants Bees Like Best,” a new publication providing research-based tree and shrub recommendations for supporting bee health. This resource is the most recent addition to the pollinator-health tools from HRI.
 
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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...