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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. May 21 2018

Implementation of the EPA’s revised worker protection standard (WPS) has just become a bit more complicated.
 
EPA failed to issue a notice that new, improved training materials were available. This lack of notification means that companies do not have to offer the training. EPA regulations require a public notice to be filed 180 days prior to implementation. The materi...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 21 2018

AmericanHort has been invited to participate in the upcoming Customer-Stakeholder Workshop for USDA-ARS National Program 305, which is planned for the end of May.
 
National Program 305 (NP 305) aims to increase cropping efficiency, productivity, quality, marketability, and protection of annual, perennial, greenhouse, and nursery crops while maintaining or enhancing worker sa...

Craig Regelbrugge May 21 2018

AmericanHort staff and several leading members recently convened on a teleconference with USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to discuss anticipated changes to the post-entry quarantine system. The system, which has been in place for many years, enables the importation of nearly 100 taxa of plants, subject to a mandatory period of monitoring inspections, usually co...

Tal Coley May 21 2018

A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on Thursday, calling on Administrator Raymond Martinez to grant greater flexibility with hours of service (HOS) regulations, along with addressing additional co...

Craig Regelbrugge May 21 2018

We are one step closer to at least a little H-2B visa relief. The Department of Homeland Security sent a rule to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) related to H-2B visas on May 11. This OMB review process is the last stage in the process before a new regulation is released.
 
We know the rule relates to the release of additional visas authorized by the Fiscal 2018 Omni...

Craig Regelbrugge May 21 2018

The House effort to move a new Farm Bill failed on Friday, May 18, after a group of conservative Republicans rebelled and said that they would oppose the bill unless the House first passed strict border security and immigration enforcement legislation. The farm bill failed on the House Floor by a 198 to 213 vote. All House Democrats voted against the bill due to opposition to work requirement c...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

Many states heavy in soybean production have enacted restrictions on dicamba above and beyond EPA’s added restrictions in 2017. The restrictions seek to mitigate off-target damage to plants, including nursery crops. States that currently ban dicamba use during parts of the growing season include:
 

  • Arkansas - statewide ban from April 30 until October 31 on all crop...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

California can move forward with plans to list glyphosate as a carcinogen on the Proposition 65 list, according to a California appellate court. All products containing a compound on this list must have a label warning consumers and employees of exposure potential.
 
To be added to the Proposition 65 list a compound must be declared carcinogenic by an institution considered t...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

Research on how alcohol in trees impacts ambrosia beetle populations has been recently featured in major scientific news outlets. Dr. Chris Ranger, USDA-ARS, recently published new results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a highly reputable scientific and peer-reviewed journal.
 
PNAS features innovative, cutting-edge research that is often highl...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 08 2018

HRI congratulates Leala Machesney as the 2017-2018 recipient of Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow Jr. Scholarship.
 
Machesney is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Maine pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Horticulture with hopes to eventually attend a graduate program in horticulture. Machesney has always been passionate about horticultur...

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...