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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.

Tal Coley February 12 2020

The House passed the controversial Protecting the Right to Organize Act of 2019, otherwise known as the PRO Act, in early February by a mostly party-line vote of 224 to 194. Of note, industry-champion Kurt Schrader...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan February 12 2020

We expect the 33,000 semi-annual H-2B visa cap to be hit later this month. We are hopeful that the Department of Homeland Security will soon make additional visas available under the authority it was granted by the Fiscal 2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act. AmericanHort and our partners in the H-2B Workforce Coalition have been calling on DHS to promptly make available the approxim...

Craig Regelbrugge January 29 2020

Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspectors are the first line of defense against introduction of harmful new invasive plant and animal pests and diseases. While plant consignments are referred to USDA for examination, CBP handles the vast majority of inspections of cargoes of all types. Considering that some of our most spectacular pest threats like emerald ash ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 29 2020

We all know that invasive species are destructive and costly but calculating a dollar value on the threat can be a challenge. Ag research economists at Penn State set out to quantify the financial impact of spotted lanternfly (SLF) on the state’s economy and just released its findings.

Economists looked at SLF’s effects on key industries, including nursery and Christmas...

Tal Coley January 29 2020

The beginning of the year means industry meeting and trade show season is in full force. Members of the AmericanHort advocacy team have been on the road the past couple of weeks — visiting with members and partners, listening to the latest concerns from the industry, and presenting on our critical advocacy issues in Washington, D.C.

Director of Government Affairs Tal Coley wa...

Craig Regelbrugge January 29 2020

AmericanHort continues to take a two-prong approach to H-2B reform – to encourage the Department of Homeland Security to immediately release all of the nearly 65,000 additional visas authorized by the December 2019 spending law, and to encourage Congress to pass H-2B reform legislation that permanently addresses the inadequate H-2B cap.

Over a quarter of Senate and House memb...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan January 29 2020

On January 23, the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers released a new rule defining the Waters of the United States and clarifying federal authority under the Clean Water Act. While we are reviewing the details of the final rule, we believe the rule will provide much-needed clarity about which water bodies are subject to federal regulation and which will be regulated by states. In addition to th...

Craig Regelbrugge January 14 2020

USDA recently proposed to add new plant taxa to the list of plants regulated as Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis, or NAPPRA. The proposal includes 26 plant taxa as quarantine pests; and all subfamily Bambusoideae (bamboos), all Myrtaceae (to Hawaii), and 43 other plant taxa as potential hosts of quarantine pests. AmericanHort urges all interested in plant breeding and introduction to r...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. January 14 2020

USDA, FDA, and EPA joined forces to launch a unified website for biotechnology regulation as part of an executive order to modernize the regulatory framework for agricultural biotechnology products.

The framework aims to cover the full range of plants, animals, and microorg...

Craig Regelbrugge January 14 2020

The new year began with some welcome recognition for our efforts and our team. First, the cover story of the January issue of GrowerTalks Magazine showcased the efforts of our Washington, DC staff team. Check it out!

Secondly, our very own research and science programs director, Jill Calabro, PhD, was presented the Ore...

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 ...

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...