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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.

Craig Regelbrugge November 20 2019

AmericanHort leader Mike Gooder, of PlantPeddler in Cresco, Iowa understands that effective advocacy is essential to business success. He knows that it all starts with a relationship. And to put it bluntly, Mike’s on a roll.

Earlier this year, Plantpeddler hosted U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) for a facility tour. Then, she and Gooder met face to face during the I...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 20 2019

A new viral disease on tomato has been intercepted in a few spots in the U.S. Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was first identified in a southern California greenhouse in September 2018 in grafted tomato plants and has also been found in specific production facilities in Mexico, and in Ontario, Canada. In October 2019, ToBRFV-infected tomato fruit was found in Naples and Gainesville,...

Craig Regelbrugge November 20 2019

AmericanHort teamed up with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, the Seasonal Employment Alliance, and the H-2B Workforce Coalition to host a “day of action” on November 13. Over 150 H-2B users from across the country, most from the landscape industry, came to Washington, DC to advocate for H-2B cap relief to be included in any final spending bill passed by Congre...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan November 20 2019

On November 15, The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a final rule that rescinds the H-2B requirement to advertise in print newspapers and instead requires that all jobs be posted on SeasonalJobs.dol.gov, which will be an expanded version of the existing DOL job registry. The new rule takes effect on December 16.

Employers with existing notices of acceptance from DOL will nee...

Craig Regelbrugge November 20 2019

In late September 24, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule adjusting the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. The final rule also allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses or commissions towards meeting the sala...

Craig Regelbrugge November 20 2019

The bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act was recently reintroduced in the House of Representatives, and now bears the bill number H.R.5038. The reintroduction was prompted by a few technical corrections that followed an interagency technical assistance review.

The bill has 49 cosponsors, including 23 Republicans and a number of moderate Democrats, ranging from House Agricult...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2019

AmericanHort represented the U.S. nursery and floriculture industry at the recent North American Plant Protection Organization annual meeting. NAPPO works to harmonize approaches to plant and plant product imports into and within the North American region, to minimize the threat posed by quarantine and other regulated plant pests. Am...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 06 2019

EPA has proposed new updates to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to improve enforceability for state regulators and reduce regulatory burden for growers with regard to area exclusion zone (AEZ) requirements. EPA worked with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to develop the new rules to ensure they are easier to implement.

Specific proposed provisions i...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2019

A heads-up to growers participating in the U.S./Canada Greenhouse Grown Plant Certification Program (GCP): December 1, 2019, is the deadline for applying to transition to the recently-revised GCP. The deadline for meeting new program requirements is one year later, December 1, 2020. To apply, contact your state plant regulatory official. Technical program details are available on the 

Tal Coley November 06 2019

The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, a top priority of the Impact Washington summit in September, has continued to garner steady support, with eight new Representatives signing on in support since the conference.

The legislation would address confusion over the “agricultural commodity” definition currently in use for transportation policy, providing much-needed clarity...

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...