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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. October 10 2017

The Arkansas State Plant Board recently voted unanimously to ban the use of dicamba in the state from April 16 through October 31, effectively encompassing the growing season. The ban would include only agricultural uses and not impact uses on ornamentals, forestry, lawns, gardens, turf, and pasture as in the past.
 
Following a public hearing in November, the proposed regula...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 10 2017

Boxwood producers and landscape managers:  your help is needed to direct future research! Please consider completing a short, less than five-minute survey to help identify attractive groundcovers as potential boxwood companion crops.
 
Dr. Chuan Hong, Virginia Tech, and his team ...

Craig Regelbrugge October 10 2017

AmericanHort is very pleased to announce that the offshore certification pilot program for vegetative cuttings was officially launched October 1. The pilot, which has been several years in the making, involves offshore production locations managed by four companies in six Latin American countries. Facilities must meet or exceed minimum standards for facility design and maintenance, production, ...

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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Tal Coley September 26 2017

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L-R, Arizona’s Cheryl Goar, Don Waltemeyer, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Tyler Francis

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Craig Regelbrugge September 25 2017

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has big hopes and plans to move an agenda that advances agriculture and horticulture and contributes to rural opportunity and prosperity. Yet so far, of the 13 or so USDA political appointees requiring Senate confirmation, only Perdue himself is in place. It’s tough to move dreams and plans forward with big gaps in the team!
 
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Craig Regelbrugge September 25 2017

On September 15, the House passed a $1.2 trillion fiscal year 2018 spending package, laying down a marker ahead of negotiations with the Senate and White House over a final spending deal in December. The 12-bill package (H.R. 3354) passed by a vote of 211-198. The bill continues H-2B regulatory reforms but doe...

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 ...

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...