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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. March 25 2020

Reports of impatiens downy mildew (IDM) have been surfacing, on common impatiens as well as one of the new IDM-resistant lines. It’s important to remember that the resistant lines are not immune and can still be susceptible if conditions are just right – namely cool, wet weather patterns and high disease pressure. Irrigation at night exacerbates the disease as well.

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Craig Regelbrugge March 25 2020

A key element of our COVID-19 response effort at AmericanHort has been to support efforts to enable the horticulture industry supply chain to function as peak season arrives. Federal guidance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructur...

Craig Regelbrugge March 25 2020

President Trump signed the first coronavirus response measure (PL 116-123) into law on March 6. That law provided about $8 billion for immediate response efforts to the Health and Human Services Department, State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, and Small Business Administration.

On March 18, the House revised and passed the “Families First Coronavirus R...

Tristan Daedalus March 25 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, and governments at all levels seek to respond, AmericanHort has launched a Coronavirus Resource Center which is being updated frequently as new information becomes available. Information on the site includes:

  • Business Operations and Best Practices
  • ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 11 2020

An unofficial report announced that a single, adult spotted lanternfly was found on a tree in Davis, CA. The insect was found on a tree in a residential area near a hotel.

Last fall, California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) officials reported finding several dead adult spotted lanternflies on cargo planes arriving in Sacramento, Stockton, and Ontario airports. All fligh...

Craig Regelbrugge March 11 2020

When it comes to our advocacy and research agenda, AmericanHort is always keen to collaborate with others that share common interests. Two recent examples illustrate this well.

On February 26, AmericanHort was invited to brief and prepare leaders of the California Cut Flower Commission and American Grown Flowers before they headed to Capitol Hill for Congressional meetings. These g...

Tristan Daedalus March 11 2020

The AmericanHort advocacy community answered the call to get involved on two critical issues this past week—both met with success.

First, we posted an alert encouraging Representatives to join a letter asking that this year’s spending bills include language clarifying that horticultural crops are properly included in the Department of Transportation’s definition o...

Craig Regelbrugge March 11 2020

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has announced roughly $70 million in funding for FY2020 projects focused on plant health and pest prevention. Included in the funding: $50,000 to the Horticultural Research Institute, the Amer...

Tal Coley March 11 2020

With the Congressional appropriations season underway, the AmericanHort advocacy team is reaching out to House offices who control the nation’s purse strings. We’ve met recently with House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee members, Reps. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and John Moolenaar (R-MI), this past week with additional visits scheduled. These visits enable us to educate decisi...

Tal Coley March 11 2020

A bipartisan Congressional letter was sent to the House Appropriations Subcommittee handling transportation issues last week, asking that the 'agricultural commodity' language from the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act be included in FY2021 appropriations bills. The effort, which was led by Reps. Austin Scott (R-GA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR), yielded 33 signatures in total-- 26 Republi...

A group of House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill on October 30. How does the bill address the current H-2A program? What options are available for existing workers without proper immigration status? What about enforcement provisions? And, where might there be room for improvement as the process advances?

Quarterly webinars, exclusively available to AmericanHort Premium Members, provide the latest information in DC on pressing issues for our industry, led by AmericanHort’s Industry Advocacy & Research Team, Tal Coley & Craig Regelbrugge.

Quarterly webinars, exclusively available to AmericanHort Premium Members, provide the latest information in DC on pressing issues for our industry, led by AmericanHort’s Industry Advocacy & Research Team. 

Presenters: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research, Jill Calabro Ph.D., Science & Research Programs Director, and Ta...

Quarterly webinars, exclusively available to AmericanHort Premium Members, provide the latest information in DC on pressing issues for our industry, led by AmericanHort’s Industry Advocacy & Research Team. 

Presenters: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is conducting a nationwide initiative to strengthen compliance in the landscape industry, and particularly with labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program. AmericanHort will moderate a presentation by WHD officials, who will provide an overview of the nation-wide initiative, relevant laws, common violations, and resource...

The first webinar of our brand-new series: Quarterly Advocacy Brief - An Advocacy Update on Workforce Development and the ABC's of H2A featuring Chris Schulte, CJ-Lake LLC, and Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort

Part one of the webinar will provide a brief but comprehensive update on our advocacy for labor relief - H-2A visa reform, more ...

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...