In Your Corner

Want a quick read on “what’s going on” in Washington? In Your Corner helps you navigate the oftentimes complicated world of politics and how it affects your business.

Craig Regelbrugge May 15 2017

There’s a chain email making its way around the country. It’s being forwarded by garden enthusiasts up in arms over the allegation that Home Depot is selling Asclepias spp., milkweeds, bearing a label indicating that the plants have been treated with a neonicotinoid.  Yikes!  Leaf-feeding caterpillars and systemic insecticides probably aren’t going to get al...

Craig Regelbrugge April 03 2017

AmericanHort is very pleased to announce a bipartisan H-2B program reform bill in the Senate. The coming together of Senators from Maine to North Carolina to Alaska in support of seasonal workforce solutions demonstrates that many in Congress understand the unique labor challenges confronting our landscape members as well as peers in hospitality, seafood processing, and other industries. (

Laura Kunkle October 20 2016

Twenty years ago, USDA’s Animal & Health Inspection Service (APHIS) entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to develop an export certification program for the timely movement of commercial shipments of eligible “low-risk plant material: low-risk ornamental plants between the two countries. The program allowed for movement of gre...

Laura Kunkle October 20 2016

The Clean Water Act of 1972 established the structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the water of the United States (WOTUS) and regulating quality standards for surface waters. Fast forward to spring of 2014 when the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Army Corps of Engineers issued proposed regulations under the CWA.
What followed was more than a year ...

Laura Kunkle October 20 2016

They say only two things in life are guaranteed: death and taxes. Today I’m going to talk about the moment those two words combine and form the dreaded phrase “death tax.”
The estate tax, with its macabre “death tax” nickname, is a tax the federal government levies on the total taxable value of the estate of a deceased person. Let me be clear: ...

Laura Kunkle October 20 2016

There has been much news recently about the inexcusable processing delays for the H-2B program (these delays are also affecting H-2A program). These critical federal programs provide employers with access to legally-authorized temporary workers. It’s no secret that the vast majority of American workers are not interested in temporary seasonal jobs, especially those that are often manually...

Laura Kunkle July 07 2016

In the movie “Rocky,” Mickey was the trainer who helped prepare the title character to be successful in the boxing ring. Mickey was important in Rocky’s development as a fighter – and as a man. Mickey was “in his corner” in both the boxing ring and in life – to help prepare him for the fight, to help him up when he stumbled, and to celebrate his wins.