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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. December 11 2018

2018 has been a banner year for boxwood blight development; diagnosticians received record levels of reports of the disease in both landscape and production. It follows that infected plant material may spill over into the holiday season. If you ship boxwood greenery, now is a good time to be diligent in scouting and monitoring efforts to minimize transmission of infested boxwood material bound ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 11 2018

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) convened a national meeting of experts and industry stakeholders on December 11 and 12 to discuss and refine future research priorities for environmental horticulture.
 
About forty greenhouse and nursery professionals participated, along with several key researchers from the USDA, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State University w...

Craig Regelbrugge December 11 2018

As reported in our last edition of Impact Washington, the required minimum wages for H-2A agricultural visa program users are set to take a big jump in many parts of the country.  Based on recently-published USDA data, the national average of the so-called “adverse effect wage rate” or AEWR, is expected to increase by 6.3 percent, to $13.25, as soon as the Department o...

Craig Regelbrugge December 11 2018

As Official Washington shifted its schedule to honor and memorialize former president George H. W. Bush, President Trump signed into law a temporary spending measure to fund the federal Government through December 21, pushing off the showdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and a southern border wall by two weeks.  We are hopeful that Congress and the President c...

Craig Regelbrugge December 11 2018

Oh, Canada!  You are the leading export market for U.S. greenhouse and nursery plants...
 
On December 4, over 70 greenhouse plant growers interested in exporting to our northern neighbor joined AmericanHort and the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association for a webinar on the revised U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Grown Plant Certification Program.  Though part...

Tal Coley December 11 2018

The Farm Bill is in the home stretch as Congressional negotiators have worked through areas of contention and ultimately reached an agreement on the final language. The conference report was filed on Monday, with details being released in the past 24 hours.
 
At the time of our Impact Washington newsletter deadline, all details of the agreement were not known. However, in dis...

Ken Fisher November 30 2018

Perform Better, Grow Faster, and Prepare for the Future as part of AmericanHort, the Green Industry’s leading association. That’s our value proposition for our member companies and the industry. In 2018, we made investments and developed programs to make good on this brand promise.

Our 2018 programming started with Cultivate where over 10,000 attendees from all 50 sta...

Craig Regelbrugge November 28 2018

Sens. James Lankford (center) and Michael Bennet (right) address Leading the Way
Sens. James Lankford (center) and Michael Bennet (right) address Leading the Way

On November 15, the National Immigratio...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 28 2018

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation issued temporary guidelines regarding the use of chlorpyrifos while the agency completes a formal process to list it as a toxic air pollutant.
 
The recommended restrictions include discontinuing use on most crops, only allowing for critical uses with few or no alternatives. The University of California Extension service will ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 28 2018

A collaboration of researchers seeks input from our grower community on the production of culinary herbs in greenhouses and other controlled environments. The survey should only take about five minutes (or less!) of your time.
 
Researchers from Michigan State University, Purdue University, Iowa State University, Clemson University, Kansas State University and the USDA-ARS ar...

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...