Washington

Impact

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.

Tal Coley August 15 2017

Final preparations are underway for Impact Washington, the AmericanHort advocacy summit on September 12-13 in the nation’s capital. With September setting up to be a pivotal month for many issues, including tax reform and our workforce, timing is ideal for participants to have their voices heard in the discussion. With a solid lin...

Craig Regelbrugge August 15 2017

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) maintains voluntary industry consensus standards governing tree, shrub, and other woody plant management practices. The so-called A300 standard is developed by an accredited standards developing committee of which AmericanHort is a participating member. The A300 standard is organized into 10 sections, several of which are under review and potential revi...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

A county circuit court judge overturned a Montgomery County-wide ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns. The law was passed in 2015 by a county council and was set to take effect in 2018. Agricultural land, gardens, and golf courses were exempted. The judge determined that the law would conflict with current federal and Maryland state regulations allowing the use of pesticides.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the latest results of its honey bee health survey, and the results are positive! Overall, honey bee numbers look to have increased 3% and colony loss declined about 27%, which are both compared to this time last year.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 15 2017

The mild winter coupled with the hot and dry weather conditions in the southeast U.S. have resulted in high populations of whitefly this summer. Vegetable and cotton producers in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida are reporting higher than normal populations earlier than normal.
 
Historically, whitefly populations are localized in the Southeast with population surges normally obs...

Craig Regelbrugge August 15 2017

Congress is on recess through Labor Day, and President Trump is on a working vacation. Just 12 short days after Congress returns in September, the debt ceiling must be raised or the U.S. will default on its financial obligations. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has written Congress to say it is essential to raise the ceiling because the Treasury Department has already been using austerity meas...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

Following last week’s Senate health care failure, there seems to be a renewed focus by some lawmakers on targeted fixes to the ACA. We expect the Simplifying Technical Aspects of Seasonality (STARS) Act, which AmericanHort has supported in past Congresses, to be re-introduced shortly after the August recess.
 
Current law includes conflicting definitions of “seaso...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 31 2017

On July 27, 2017, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and replace it with a recodification of the text that existed prior to 2015.
 
According to EPA and the Corps, this proposed rule is intended to provide certainty du...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking public comment regarding its regulations defining and delimiting exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements for certain executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees - better known as the “white collar exemptions.” 
 
As you may recall, t...

Craig Regelbrugge July 31 2017

AmericanHort is proud to announce the addition of Tal Coley as the new Director of Government Affairs. Some of you were able to meet...

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...