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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 June 30 2020

Beth Swanson and Kala Jenkins from K·Coe Isom joined AmericanHort on June 19 for a webinar to discuss the latest regulations for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). AmericanHort partners with K·Coe Isom, one of the leading national agricultural accounting firms, to assist the organization with tax issues as well as provide additional services for Premium members.

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Craig Regelbrugge June 30 2020

On July 22, President Trump signed a new immigration and visa action titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.&rdquo...

Craig Regelbrugge June 30 2020

On June 22, AmericanHort filed official comments urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make nursery and floriculture producers eligible for direct relief under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The comments were signed by a total of 104 national, regional, and state nursery,...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. June 17 2020

The 9th Circuit Court recently ruled to vacate the registrations of certain dicamba products in response to issues with soybean production. In the court’s ruling, it declared that EPA ‘substantially underestimated the risks it acknowledged.’

The decision follows thousands of complaints of off-site movement of certain dicamba products when applied to genetically mo...

Jennifer Gray June 17 2020

In case you missed it, Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) recently launched a new web-based research series that sheds light on key industry research findings. The series is called tHRIve and aims to do just that: help the industry flourish. The first series is now available, including sessions on:

  • daily light integral maps and measurements to better predict plant growt...

Craig Regelbrugge June 17 2020

On June 11, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the successful completion of actions taken by federal and state plant health officials to eliminate Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 from U.S. greenhouses. This announcement comes just two months after the pathogen was first detected on geranium (Pelargonium) in a Michigan ...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan June 17 2020

We expect the President to issue an order within days that will place new restrictions on nonimmigrant visa programs. President Trump’s April 22 Proclamation called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to review current temporary worker program and to recommend “measures appropriate to stimulate the United States economy and ensure the prioritization, hiring, and emp...

Craig Regelbrugge June 17 2020

Unrooted annual, perennial, and even some woody plant cuttings produced in growing operations outside the U.S. have become very important to the U.S. horticulture supply chain. In recent years, roughly two billion such cuttings have been imported to be finished here. But the cuttings are highly perishable, and any delays in the import process can lead to diminished quality or even product lo...

Tal Coley June 17 2020

The Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released further regulations on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) last week. The latest release focused on measures included in the PPP Flexibility Act, which was signed into law on June 5th.

The interim final rule codified some of the changes that were made with additional guidance to be released at a later date. Some k...

Craig Regelbrugge June 17 2020

USDA recently published implementation details for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Relief is now available to many crop and livestock producers, but USDA has not yet included nursery and floriculture crops for direct payment relief for COVID-19-induced losses falling during the period January 15 – April 15, 2020.

Nursery and floriculture crop growers hoping to...

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...