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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 31 2017

The White House was not the only federal entity busy the last couple of weeks. USDA-APHIS made some news by announcing the release of a new biocontrol agent and deregulation of a glyphosate-resistant turfgrass.

Biocontrol Agent for Control of Giant Reed—Giant reed, Arundo donax, is an invasive riparian area weed on the federal noxious weed list tha...

Craig Regelbrugge January 31 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced four special grants totaling more than $13.6 million to combat a scourge on the nation’s citrus industry, citrus greening disease, or Huanglongbing (HLB). The funding came through NIFA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
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Craig Regelbrugge January 31 2017

In view of the nature of many horticultural businesses – family owned, significant resources in land and building assets, and significant business succession and transition challenges – AmericanHort supports full repeal of the estate, or death, tax. With tax reform a distinct possibility in the new Congress, on January 24 AmericanHort and our advocacy partner the National Christmas ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 31 2017

The Horticultural Research Institute, the AmericanHort research foundation, has released new Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Bee Pollinator Health in the Horticulture Industry. Relevant to greenhouse and nursery growers as well as landscape managers, the BMPs were developed by a team of researchers, including those funded directly by HRI, to convey researc...

Chris Schulte January 31 2017

In his first week on the job, President Trump has already issued a number of executive orders and actions, but one in particular has raised questions from employers regarding their obligations under the Affordable Care Act.
 
On Inauguration Day, the President signed an Executive Order reiterating his commitment to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While that repeal is...

Craig Regelbrugge January 31 2017

President Donald J. Trump was sworn in on January 20, and has wasted little time setting out to fulfill campaign pledges using the same tools for which President Obama was widely criticized – executive orders and actions.
 
First up was a “regulator...

AmericanHort Contributor January 19 2017

Columbus, Ohio – The AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2017. The HortScholars program is open to any student in a horticulture-related degree program, and includes students pursuing any degree level including associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD. Students wishing to apply may do so online at Am...

Chris Schulte January 17 2017

The 115th Congress is back and working, and the House of Representatives has already considered and voted on three bills to reform the process by which the Executive branch issues regulations. All three were passed by the House on nearly party-line votes, with all Republicans voting for them and nearly all Democrats voting against them. It is not clear if the Senate will consider them and, if i...

Craig Regelbrugge January 17 2017

Bipartisan legislation introduced in both the Senate and House on January 12 would provide temporary protection for some undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the BRIDGE Act, which would protect young immigrants from deportation and provide work authorization for those who have received or are eligible...

Craig Regelbrugge January 17 2017

On January 4, the EPA released its final rule regarding the certification and training of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs). According to the EPA, the final rule will improve the competency of certified applicators of RUPs, increase protection for noncertified applicators using RUPs under the direct supervision of a certified applicator through enhanced pesticide safety training a...

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, Tal Coley & Craig Regelbrugge.

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...