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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. July 23 2019

Meeting the July 18 deadline set by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a decision against a ban of chlorpyrifos, citing insufficient evidence to warrant discontinuation of the product.

Agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos have been challenged in the U.S. court system since 2007, several years following the removal of the pes...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

On July 18, President Donald Trump announced his plan to nominate Eugene Scalia to serve as Secretary of Labor. The post was vacated following the resignation of Alexander Acosta earlier this month. Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has a strong business-friendly record, but is expected to draw fierce criticism from labor unions and worker advocates. Scalia is curren...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

As the calendar flipped to July, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Gr...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

AmericanHort hosted a number of Congressional staffers at Cultivate’19 in mid-July, where they heard directly from industry leaders on pressing issues while viewing the latest plant breeding and technological advances in our industry. Cultivate provides a unique experience for federal and state lawmakers, showcasing our industry and the prosperity it provides.

Professional st...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

Congressional Democrats and the White House continue negotiations around a deal to increase the debt ceiling and impose annual federal spending caps. Speaker Pelosi hopes to reach an agreement before Congress goes on recess for the month of August. On July 19, the Speaker rejected an initial offer from the Administration that calls for $150 billion in spending cuts as debt ceiling deal negot...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

On July 18, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to raise the $7.25 federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. The bill would increase the minimum wage in steps until it reaches the $15 level. After that, the wage floor would be indexed according to growth in median wages. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would likely raise wages for about 17 million people, but may ...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) has posted on its website a copy of the long-awaited H-2A modernization proposed rule. The official version should appear in the Federal Register during the week of July 22.

The rulemak...

AmericanHort Contributor July 08 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team was out and about during the month of June supporting our state association partners' key events across the country.

MNLGA Field Day | Glen Arm, Md.

We joined the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association at The Perennial Farm and Manor View Farm for MNLGA’s Summer Field Day.  Craig Regelbrugge gave an up...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 08 2019

A collaboration of researchers, led by Dr. Karla Adesso at Tennessee State University, needs your insight into flatheaded borer impacts to production. To that end, they created a survey aimed at estimating the incidence and severity of flatheaded borers in fruit, nut, and ornamental tree and shrub production. Ideally, researchers are hoping to pinpoint gaps in management options to help stee...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 08 2019

Preliminary results for honey bee colony losses for 2018-2019 estimate losses of 37.7% from October 2018 thru April 2019, the highest level of winter loss since the survey began in 2006-2007. Average reported survey winter loss rate is about 28.8%.

The Bee Informed Partnership manages this annual survey and did not yet offer speculation for the slightly higher than normal loss. A f...

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...