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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. January 16 2018

The controversy over California’s “cancer-causing” label requirement for glyphosate is intensifying.
 
Attorneys general from eleven other states filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the challenge of the State of California’s decision to label glyphosate as a carcinogen, arguing that this mandate forces businesses to state false and misle...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 16 2018

A newly published research article compared the uptake and dissipation of two neonicotinoid residues in nectar and foliage of Ilex and Clethra. The research was led by Dr. Dan Potter, University of Kentucky, and partially funded by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) through the Pollinator Stewardship Initiative.
 
The two neonicotinoids evaluated wer...

Craig Regelbrugge January 16 2018

The federal government’s fiscal year began on October 1, 2017, but Congress has yet to pass a spending bill to fund government for the entire fiscal year. Since October 1, Congress has passed a series of short-term measures, the latest of which is set to expire on January 19.

 

Lawmakers continue to draft what they hope will be just one more short-term temporar...

Tal Coley January 16 2018

Despite Congress just returning to Washington after the holiday break, 2018 is already shaping up to be quite active with regard to issues that affect our industry. Some issues that were pivotal at our Impact Washington advocacy summit in September continue to be relevant in 2018. In addition to workforce and visa policy reforms, here are some of our top priorities.
 
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Craig Regelbrugge January 16 2018

Amidst a series of bipartisan White House-convened meetings to pursue a deal on border security and a solution for the roughly 800,000 young people brought to the U.S. as minors and protected from deportation under President Obama’s so-called DACA program came a disparaging comment from President Trump. He questioned aloud why America would want immigrants from some less-fortunate nations...

Craig Regelbrugge January 03 2018

The USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has published a revised list of

Craig Regelbrugge January 03 2018

The Tree Care Industry Association, which administers the ANSI A300 Tree, Shrub, and Other Woody Plant Management – Standard Practices, has notified AmericanHort of the public review period for the following portions of the A300 Standard:
 

  • Part 2 - Soil Management: a. Modification, b. Fertilization, and c. Drainage;
  • Part 7 - Integrated Veg...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 03 2018

EPA has been busy lately; issuing several year-end notices of interest to the green industry.
 
First, EPA has announced that the new Worker Protection Standard (WPS) may be amended. The WPS amendments to be reconsidered include the minimum age requirements, the designated representative, and the application exclusion zone (buffer area). We’ll be watching for a notice o...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 03 2018

Plant pathologists and the green industry were treated to a trifecta of disease headlines this holiday season.
 
First, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture confirmed that a new boxwood blight quarantine will go into effect February 4, 2018. The new quarantine includes all material currently known to transmit the disease, including Buxus species, Sarcococca

Craig Regelbrugge January 03 2018

Congress adjourned on December 21 after passing another short-term measure to fund the government, this time through January 19. This “clean” funding measure did not include H-2B cap relief or address other policy issues, but we continue to press Congress to include cap relief in the funding bill it plans to negotiate between now and January 19.
 
The need for cap...

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...