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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 28 2019

AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) need to better understand our stakeholders’ use of the following nitroguanidine neonicotinoids

  • Clothianidin (Arena)
  • Dinotefuran (Safari)
  • Midacloprid (Merit, Marathon, others)
  • Thiamethoxam (Meridian, Flagship)

We anticipate that the EPA will announce proposed ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

Last week, employers began receiving receipts and approvals from the Department of Homeland Security for H-2B visa petitions submitted under the May 8 rule that established a process for employers to apply for an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019.  These visas are limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team was glad to partner last week with leadership delegations from the Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association to raise Congressional awareness of our key shared federal priorities. Joined by members of the AmericanHort team, these state delegations met with Senate and House lawmakers to discuss the important iss...

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

On May 22, the House Judiciary Committee approved the “Dream Act of 2019” (H.R. 2820).  The bill would extend legal status and create a path to citizenship for many who were brought to the United States illegally as children.  Legal status would be granted to...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has announced the top three locations under consideration for a new home for the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They include multiple cities in Indiana, the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, and Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Two additional cities, St. Louis, MO and Madison, ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

Registration of chlorpyrifos will be canceled in the state of California. This process may take up to two years, and state officials have allocated $5.7 million to fund safer alternatives.

California becomes the second state to take this action, following Hawaii’s announcement in 2018. New York is also considering registration cancelation.

Debates over chlorpyrifos&...

Tal Coley May 13 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that June 7 is the likely date of publication of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to the trucking Hours of Service (HOS) rules. FMCSA noted that the agency plans to take comments on the NPRM until July 26.

FMCSA issued a pre-rule last August, focusing on four areas of potential changes to current HOS ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed in a public announcement that there is no risk to human health from glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp® herbicide. A detailed examination of data gathered to date is included, as is a critique on the limitations of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer review of glyphosate, ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 13 2019

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has initiated stakeholder negotiations with the goal of developing and advancing a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill by early summer. AmericanHort is a direct participant in the process, reflecting our organization’s history of steady and principled leadership on the issue. If the negotiation...

Tal Coley May 13 2019

The AmericanHort-supported Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, H.R.1673, introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), gained additional support this past week, with new Congressional cosponsors as well as supporting organizations.

Additional cosponsors over the past couple of weeks include Representatives Greg Gianforte (R-MT), TJ Cox (D-CA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rick Crawford (R-AR), D...

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...