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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 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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Craig Regelbrugge March 05 2019

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan
 
H-2B Cap Hit – On February 22, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B cap for the second half of FY 2019 was reached on February 19. According to USCIS, it used a computer-generated process, or lottery, to determine ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

Andrew Wheeler, the acting EPA Administrator, looks to be on track to be approved as the permanent Administrator. AmericanHort recently joined a group of 30+ organizations to urge the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to quickly confirm his nomination. Wheeler’s experience as a career EPA employee and time spent as staff director and legal counsel of the Senate committee with ...

Tal Coley February 19 2019

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to issue final regulations relating to the tax reform package that was passed at the end of 2017. In mid-January, the IRS issued some final regulations for section 199A, which pertains to some in our industry.  
 
AmericanHort members enjoy the benefits of our partnership with K-Coe Is...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

Authors: Jill Calabro, PhD, & Craig Regelbrugge

With the new spending agreement signed into law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $66 million to support 407 projects that will strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, threat mitigation, and safeguard the nursery production system. USDA provides fun...

Craig Regelbrugge February 19 2019

In a recent daily blog post, economist Elliott Eisenberg reported that as of December 31, 2018, there were a record 7.335 million job openings, and 6.294 million unemployed persons, or 1.17 jobs for every unemployed person, the ninth consecutive month openings have exceeded the unemployed. Relatedly, the number of job openings has exceeded the number hired since January 2015. The number of open...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. February 19 2019

The chlorpyrifos debate continues, as the Ninth Circuit Court granted EPA’S request to rehear the case en banc. This means that the Chief Judge and a panel of ten randomly drawn judges will rehear the case in late March. The prior, three-judge panel decision will not be cited as a precedent in any court moving forward. 
 
The three-judge panel decided...

Craig Regelbrugge February 19 2019

Authors:  Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan
 
On February 15, President Trump signed into law a funding bill for several federal agencies including the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The funding law includes the same H-2B discretionary language as last year, which gives DHS th...

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...