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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 April 22 2020

Topping the latest on the COVID-19 response, the Trump Administration announced an initial $19 billion in agricultural sector relief. The formal announcement came in an unusual 9:00 pm press conference by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The outlined relief plan includes $16 billion in direct assistance to producers, and $3 billion in direct government purchases of meat, dairy products, a...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 08 2020

EPA has extended by thirty days the deadline to comment on proposed interim decisions for five neonicotinoid insecticides under review, including acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. The original deadline was April 3, 2020. Comments are now due May 4, 2020.

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Laurie-Ann Flanagan April 08 2020

On April 1, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled, “H-2B VISAS: Additional Steps Needed to Meet Employers' Hiring Needs and Protect U.S. Workers.” The report is based on interviews and surveys of H-2B employers and case studies of four industries in five U.S. counties:

  • Construction in Maricopa County, Arizona;
  • Hospi...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies asking for t...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

AmericanHort joined a multitude of other national organizations last week in calling for agricultural business eligibility for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program. The already-established program was revised with passage of the CARES Act.

Tristan Daedalus April 08 2020

The AmericanHort Coronavirus Resource Center, an industry-wide resource for the latest information on the ongoing response to the coronavirus global pandemic, is available to everyone. Please share this link with your staff, members, and industry partners.

Some recent updates include:

  • Craig Regelbrugge April 08 2020

    On April 2, the Department of Homeland Security announced via Twitter that it is abandoning plans to release supplemental H-2B visas due to the current state of the economy. The DHS tweet is below.

     

    To clear up various misreporting – DHS’s rule on the H-2B cap is on hold pending review due to present economic circumstances. No additional H-...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

The AmericanHort advocacy team has been busy assessing the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act, as education and outreach to members and the industry shifted into high gear. The bill, the third in a series of COVID-related federal legislation, creates new programs, alters existing ones, and allocates money to be distributed to affe...

Craig Regelbrugge April 08 2020

We as a globe, as a nation, and as an industry are now grappling with the most serious health-related crisis we have seen in 100 years. And the crisis began to bear down just as our industry entered the business-critical 10-week period known as “Spring.”

For AmericanHort, since the moment the crisis began our crisis agenda took shape. As a first order of business, our g...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. March 25 2020

Reports of impatiens downy mildew (IDM) have been surfacing, on common impatiens as well as one of the new IDM-resistant lines. It’s important to remember that the resistant lines are not immune and can still be susceptible if conditions are just right – namely cool, wet weather patterns and high disease pressure. Irrigation at night exacerbates the disease as well.

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Exclusive access to the AmericanHort Advocacy and Research Team during this Quarterly Advocacy Brief webinar series. Attendees get the latest news from Washington D.C. and are able to ask questions on how it affects your business

Signed into law on June 5th, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act triggered an updated round of regulations for PPP loans, many of which provide additional flexibility to key provisions of the program. These concepts include the covered period, payroll cost thresholds, loan maturity, loan deferral period, as well as updated forms for forgiveness.  Join Tal Coley ...

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 Tal C...

A group of House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill on October 30. How does the bill address the current H-2A program? What options are available for existing workers without proper immigration status? What about enforcement provisions? And, where might there be room for improvement as the process advances?

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 ...