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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 February 05 2019

President Trump signed into law on January 25 a three-week temporary spending measure to re-open closed federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security. As part of the agreement to fund the government through February 15, President Trump and Congress agreed to convene a conference committee to negotiate a final DHS spending package. The conferees met for the first time on Ja...

Jennifer Gray February 05 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team headed out this past week, attending industry shows and events in the Southeast and Midwest to deliver the latest on advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. 
 
With trade show season still going strong, getting beyond the beltway and interacting with the grassroots is an essential element of AmericanHort advocacy efforts in the Nation’s ...

Jennifer Gray February 05 2019

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the foundation of AmericanHort, is pleased to announce the portfolio of research projects to be funded in 2019. Projects range from crop production innovations for both the greenhouse and nursery segments, water management in landscapes, emergent pest issues, and economic and marketing analyses. A total of $437,200 will be awarded this year. 

Craig Regelbrugge February 05 2019

The United Nations has announced its decision to designate 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. The United States, along with 90 other countries, co-sponsored this resolution to raise awareness of plant health issues and strengthen global efforts in the face of increased trade and climate change. 

 

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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 22 2019

Seed Your Future has just launched its new career exploration resource.
 
The new website is not simply a list of the more than 90 careers in horticulture, it asks visitors to consider their interests and then lists careers in horticulture to match them. Each career page includes information on the educ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 22 2019

A contingent of House Democrats is strategizing to block the move of two USDA agencies. The Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are both slated to be relocated outside of the Washington area to a yet-to-be-determined site, by the end of 2019.

Citing cost-cutting measures and the desire to move ERS and NIFA closer to rural communi...

Craig Regelbrugge January 22 2019

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Raise the Wage Act” (H.R.582) on January 16.  The bill would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 by 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and phase out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities.  The measure ...

Craig Regelbrugge January 22 2019

The Department of Labor (DOL) sent a new proposed rule to address overtime pay to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.  This review is a required step in the rulemaking process before the proposed rule can be formally released for public comment.  While we are not sure how long the rule will be under review at the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, DOL&...

Craig Regelbrugge January 22 2019

A bipartisan group of over 30 Senators and over 90 House Members led by Reps. Pingree (D-ME) and Harris (R-MD) and Senators Tillis (R-NC) and King (I-ME) planned to send a letter to Congressional leaders on January 22 urging them to include meaningful and permanent cap relief in any agreement to end the partial government shutdown. The bipartisan, bicameral letter to Speaker Pelosi (D-CA), Hous...

Tal Coley January 22 2019

AmericanHort’s advocacy team released our 2019 Legislative & Policy agenda during an advocacy town hall at the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show (MANTS) in Baltimore.
 
Legislative and regulatory priorities center around workforce and transportation issues, research funding and implementation, environmental regulation, and horticultural trade and marketplace issues. T...

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...