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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 November 26 2015

Congress and President Obama have approved a two-week funding “patch” as negotiations for a multi-year funding plan continue in Congress. Meanwhile, AmericanHort and many of our state grassroots partners joined the American Society of Landscape Architects, Pollinator Partnership, and others on a

Davi Bowen November 12 2015

We have a great deal of positive activity to report on the H-2B front. On November 4, Reps. Chabot (R-OH), Goodlatte (R-VA), Harris (R-MD), and Boustany (R-LA) introduced the “Strengthen Employment and Seasonal Opportunities Now (SEASON) Act,” H.R.3918. The introduction follows the prior week’s introduction of the bipartisan “Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of...

Craig Regelbrugge May 15 2015

The head of the American Bankers Association recently called for the elimination of the Farm Credit system. Recognizing the importance of farm credit to the horticulture industry, AmericanHort sprang into action to join like-minded organizations on a letter to the ABA <...

Craig Regelbrugge May 04 2015

AmericanHort joined the Society of American Florists to submit formal comments emphasizing horticulture’s science-backed position that Ralstonia solanacearum, Race 3, Biovar 2 (R3Bv2) should be rem...

Joe Bischoff February 25 2015

As part of the re-registration process of Fosetyl-Al (Aliette), a systemic fungicide first registered in 1983, the EPA is suggesting two significant changes to the labels. EPA intends to increase the reentry interval (REI) to 48-hours from the current label requirement of 12-hours. This would likely remove this tool from greenhouse production, especially for products that turn quickly and for w...

Joe Bischoff February 12 2015

Late last fall the White House’s Council for Environmental Quality (CEQ) published guidance on pollinator-friendly landscapes for federal properties. Included in the guidance was the suggestion that plants should be sourced from nurseries that did not apply insecticides. AmericanHort submitted comments to the White House Task Force, co-chaired by USDA and EPA, highlighting concerns about ...

AmericanHort Contributor January 29 2015

The EPA recently announced and opened for public comment the results of their benefits analysis on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on soybeans. The agency concluded that the “treatments have little to no benefit on soybean production.” While benefits analyses are often done during a pesticide re-registration process they are typically completed after the risk analysis, whic...

Craig Regelbrugge June 12 2014

It is widely expected that the White House will make a policy announcement regarding pollinators the week of June 16, to correspond with National Pollinator Week. There’s little information about what those policies might be but AmericanHort will be watching it closely.

Also in play, a letter is being circulated on Capitol Hill encouraging support for H.R. 4790, “...

AmericanHort Contributor May 01 2014

On April 29, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture held a hearing “to review current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators.”  Jeff Stone, Executive Director and CEO of the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) was one of the witnesses pro...

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...