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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...

Craig Regelbrugge April 11 2017

AmericanHort continues to be very active on Capitol Hill promoting H-2B cap relief.  We are pushing for short-term cap relief through the annual spending process, as well as permanent relief through more comprehensive reform legislation. Bills that AmericanHort supports have now been introduced in both the House and Senate. We are also supporting an April 26 “fly-in” to push fo...

Craig Regelbrugge April 11 2017

Congress has left Washington for a two-week spring recess. And they’ve left behind incredible uncertainty in the wake of the recent failure of House Republicans to advance a health care alternative and the Senate’s move to allow a simple majority to confirm Supreme Court justices (and the subsequent confirmation of Justice Gorsuch).
 
Many have pronounced the heal...

Charlie Hall April 04 2017

With the first quarter of 2017 over, we have an incomplete picture of the economy. Retail sales were reported to have risen modestly in February. However, the first quarter spending total is likely to be moderately strong, but slower than in the 4th quarter 2016. Job and wage growth has been supportive, but gasoline prices have risen over the last year, decreasing household disposable income sl...

Mike Dobres of NovaFlora talks about Polymerese Chain Reaction

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Each year, thousands of potentially preventable pesticide exposure incidents are reported that lead to sick days, lost wages and medical bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded by increasing protections for the nation's two million agricultural workers and their families with changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.

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