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Many got into this industry because of a passion for plants, not a passion for business. But just because you don't call yourself business-savvy now doesn't mean you can't get there. Everything from marketing to finance, HR to succession planning -- if it's got to do with management and keeping the doors open, we got it.

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2017

The latest immigration policy showdown is unfolding this week. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce as early as November 6 whether or not it will extend “temporary protected status” (TPS) for over 300,000 individuals who fled natural disasters or human conflict in El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and Nicaragua. The Central American TPS designations have been in p...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2017

On October 25, the House Judiciary Committee approved H.R.4092, the Agricultural Guest Worker Act (AG Act), on a close 17-16 vote. A separate bill called the Legal Workforce Act was also approved. It will mandate that all employers use the E-Verify program within three years to electronically verify work eligibility at the time of hire.
 
The Committee’s action was just...

Tal Coley November 06 2017

House Republicans released the details of their tax reform plan on November 2, setting off an array of analysis and opinions as varied as the current political scene in Washington, D.C.
 
The 429-page plan, estimated by the Chairman of House Ways and Means to cost $1.5 trillio...

Jennifer Gray October 24 2017

During Cultivate’17, AmericanHort had the pleasure of honoring Ernest Wertheim, who is celebrating his 75th anniversary as horticulture industry advocate and business owner. He received a standing ovation during the State of the Industry keynote session. Wertheim’s experience, insights, and ability to see opportunities in this industry continue to set an amazingly high bar for all h...

Craig Regelbrugge October 24 2017

In H-2B news, AmericanHort continues to push for H-2B cap relief as part of a year-end appropriations bill or any other relevant legislation. A lobbying day is planned for November 2. Also, the Cato Institute is doing an H-2B economic study and needs user input!  Details are below.
 
The Senate Appropriations Committee could take up its version of the fiscal 2018 Departm...

Tal Coley October 24 2017

The health care debate continues to evolve. Aside from a bipartisan conversation in the Senate, that for now seems not to be getting legs, eyes are on the administration.
 
On October 12th, President Trump signed the Association Health Plan executive order allowing the Secretaries of Labor, Treasury, and Health & Human Services to consider proposing regulations...

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

In the wake of repeated GOP failures to repeal the Affordable Care Act, conversations are shifting to more limited and bipartisan measures. On October 4, Representative Jim Renacci (R-OH), Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Representative Jim Costa (D-CA) and Representative Dave Joyce (R-OH) reintroduced H.R. 3956, the “Simplifying Technical Aspects R...

Tal Coley October 10 2017

The push for major tax reform continues to progress in Washington, since the administration and congressional leaders unveiled a more detailed tax reform framework on September 27th in Indianapolis, Indiana. From a horticulture industry perspective, the details released were mostly pos...

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

On Monday, October 2, the House Judiciary Committee announced that it would consider two bills on Wednesday – the Legal Workforce Act and the Agricultural Guestworker Act (AG Act). The former would make the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system mandatory for all employers over a period of three years; the latter would transition the existing H-2A agricultural work...

Tal Coley September 26 2017

Transferring high-value land and other business assets to the next generation can be a big challenge in our industry. It’s no surprise that in addition to cash accounting for nurseries, the estate tax was a major point of interest and discussion at the recent Impact Washington advocacy summit.
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In this segment of Charlie's Angle, Charlie clarifies a couple of things from his mid-year economic outlook webinar and emphasizes that there is still time to make strategic investments in your business before the next economic downturn. These investments can be technology-related, of course, and what makes ...

A prediction revealed by the OMB Director a couple of weeks ago projected long-term, sustained economic growth of 3% in the economy over the next decade. Join Charlie as he explains what would have to happen for this prediction to actually come true. Charlie also rolls out his near-term recession forecast for the coming year.

Charlie's Angle - Time to Make Hay! -- Spring Outlook for the Green Industry
With executive orders flying off the President's desk at record pace, there are interesting ramifications (and tradeoffs) that result. Join Charlie as he discusses the green industry outlook resulting from the interest rate increases coming down the pike, current labor situation, and the pace of housing ...

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...

Charlie Hall is back, and he's taking a look at how contingency plans can prevent crisis in business life and how having the right team can help prevent and adapt to economic downturns.

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