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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.

Tal Coley March 20 2019

Representative Austin Scott (R-GA) has introduced H.R. 1673, The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2019, last week. The bipartisan bill would bring much-needed clarity to the definition of “agricultural commodity” as it relates to transportation policy and new trucking regulations.

The primary reason why the clarity is needed centers around the agricultural exemption ...

Craig Regelbrugge March 20 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

On February 15, President Trump signed into law a funding bill that gives DHS the authority, in consultation with the Department of Labor (DOL), to approve up to an additional 69,320 H-2B seasonal worker visas (69,320 being the number of H-2B “returning worker” visas or H-2Rs issued in FY 2007).  This is ...

Craig Regelbrugge March 20 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

On March 7, the Department of Labor released its revised overtime rule. The proposed rule is a significant improvement over a 2016 overtime rule promulgated by President Obama’s administration.

Under current law, employees with a salary below $455 per week ($23,660 annually) must be paid overtime if they wor...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 20 2019

The research collaboration focusing on rose rosette disease (RRD) announced a new resource to aid in the early detection of the disease. The two-page educational piece, titled ‘

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 20 2019

Pennsylvania may soon regulate as many as 120 plants over concerns of invasiveness. Many of these plants are common in environmental horticulture, while others have little if any commercial significance.

The Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association (PLNA) asked its members via a survey to rate the 120 plants on their value to the industry. A reported forty-three members compl...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 05 2019

AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute are assisting a group of researchers focused on the growing challenge of weed resistance to herbicides. 
 
Even if you’re just concerned about persistent weeds, researchers need your input. Please take 5 to 10 minutes to complete this survey on herbicide-resistant weeds in nursery crops, Christmas trees, and lan...

Craig Regelbrugge March 05 2019

AmericanHort is pleased to announce those serving on the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee for 2019. The Committee, which advises the AmericanHort Board and staff on legislative, regulatory, and other policy priorities, held a virtual organizing meeting on February 21, in expectation of a busy year of both challenges and opportunities. Serving on this year’s committee are: 
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Craig Regelbrugge March 05 2019

In employment and workforce-related news, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division is expected during March to propose a new salary threshold for its so-called “white collar” exemptions from overtime pay. Wage & Hour is expected to propose that workers who earn less than $35,000 a year automatically eligible for overtime pay for all hours beyond 40 a week. <...

Craig Regelbrugge March 05 2019

AmericanHort and our foundation, the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), joined with co-founders of the National Pollinator Garden Network and others to announce the achievement of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge. The goal of a million gardens to help sustain the health of diverse pollinator populations was not only achieved, but it was also exceeded. Here are a few of the key metri...

Tal Coley March 05 2019

Author: Tal Coley and Craig Regelbrugge
 
The Senate voted 52-47 to confirm Andrew Wheeler as Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency on February 28. AmericanHort supported Wheeler’s nomination, signing a support letter in January addressed to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. More than 30 other organizations also signed the letter. 
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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...