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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 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...

Craig Regelbrugge September 25 2017

For months, House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has hinted at moving an agricultural labor reform bill through his committee. The most recent rumor hinted at a bill being introduced and possibly even considered this week (September 25), but committee staff have suggested further delay. When it is introduced, we expect it will be “marked up” (the committee process of consid...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 25 2017

Tennessee has become the second state to pursue establishment of a quarantine to restrict movement of boxwood and Sarcococca that could be infected with boxwood blight. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently held a hearing to discuss the proposal.
 
Citing the significant risk to nursery production and landscapes, the quarantine was deemed necessary for pro...

Craig Regelbrugge September 12 2017

We’ve all long known that trees make our cities and communities more liveable. A new study puts numbers to the benefits of urban trees in the world’s largest cities. The study, led by Dr. Theodore Endreny of the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in Syracuse, examined the ecosystem service benefits provided by trees in megacities ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 12 2017

The Whitefly biotype Q Task Force (WTF-Q) coordination council met recently in Florida to discuss future direction. The coordination council is made up of two representatives each from industry, the regulatory community, and the research community, as well as a USDA-APHIS coordinator. AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) co-chair the industry part of the coordination coun...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 12 2017

AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), in conjunction with the National Plant Board (NPB), are pleased to announce that Boxwood Blight Best Management Practices, version 2.0 is now available!
 
The original version was published in 2012 on the heels of...

Craig Regelbrugge September 12 2017

The first week back from the August recess was a very busy week in Congress and a crucial one in our fight to preserve the H-2B program. On September 7, the Senate passed a Hurricane Harvey relief package that also raises the debt ceiling and continues existing government funding through December 8. Despite more than a little drama after President Trump cut a 3-month deal with the Democrats rat...

Tal Coley September 12 2017

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AmericanHort board member Mark Sellew, his wife and business partner Lisa, and their family and staff hosted Secretary of Agric...

Jennifer Gray August 28 2017

Scholarships totaling $18,500 for the 2017-2018 school year are made possible by seven special Horticultural Research Institute endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. The scholarship application and prerequisite information are available ...

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...