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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.

Tristan Daedalus August 08 2019

The 2019 Impact Washington Summit is right around the corner and many are getting ready to make lasting connections in meetings with lawmakers and Congressional staff that can affect policy for years to come.  How do you make meetings like these, and with your own local government, as effective as they can be?
 
We’ve compiled the top seven most important tips for ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 06 2019

In New York City, of all places, a new species of Agrilus beetle was discovered in an historic cemetery on beech trees.

Agrilus beetles are known as jewel beetles and have over 3000 known species worldwide, the largest number of species of any genus in the anim...

Craig Regelbrugge August 06 2019

How Congress ends up funding the federal government will determine whether we see an H-2B seasonal worker visa fix in time for 2020. For this reason, we’re providing frequent status updates.

The House and Senate recently passed, and the President has signed, a bill that sets federal government spending limits for the next two years and raises the debt ceiling. The agreement l...

Craig Regelbrugge August 06 2019

U.S. Representative Abigail Finkenauer (D-IA-1) visited AmericanHort leader Mike Gooder and Plantpeddler on July 30. During the visit, she toured production of rooted Poinsettias, various finished crops, facility expansion, and trial gardens. She fell totally in love with the Sunfinity® Sunflower and the story behind the plant.

The Plantpeddler team took full advantage of the o...

Craig Regelbrugge August 06 2019

As reported last time, the Department of Labor has published a proposed rule seeking to modernize and improve the H-2A agricultural visa program. Many of our nursery and greenhouse producers use the program, and others are evaluating it as the labor situation worsens.

As AmericanHort prepares...

Tal Coley August 06 2019

After a two-year effort to urge the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address the opaqueness of the “agricultural commodity” definition used for transportation policy, the agency has finally issued an ...

Tristan Daedalus August 06 2019

No doubt you’ve seen the emails asking for your assistance encouraging a Member of Congress to take a stand on a piece of legislation or explaining the importance of an issue. Far from just another mass email, your action is the special sauce that makes our advocacy successful in Washington. In other words, we need your help.

With Congress debating agric...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 23 2019

Meeting the July 18 deadline set by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a decision against a ban of chlorpyrifos, citing insufficient evidence to warrant discontinuation of the product.

Agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos have been challenged in the U.S. court system since 2007, several years following the removal of the pes...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

On July 18, President Donald Trump announced his plan to nominate Eugene Scalia to serve as Secretary of Labor. The post was vacated following the resignation of Alexander Acosta earlier this month. Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has a strong business-friendly record, but is expected to draw fierce criticism from labor unions and worker advocates. Scalia is curren...

Craig Regelbrugge July 23 2019

As the calendar flipped to July, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Gr...

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...