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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 September 24 2019

We are sad to report that Irma Bodil Orum, 88, died the morning of Sunday, September 22, 2019, at The Danish Home of Chicago, where she had been a resident for over six years.

As was detailed in her obituary, Irma was born in Chicago on March 4, 1931, the daughter of Danish immigrants Carl and Katrine Hertzmann. She studied at Wilbur Wright College and began her business administra...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 24 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team has recently been drawing attention to the 2018 Farm Bill’s inadvertent elimination of language granting the Secretary of Agriculture the authority to waive a statutory requirement for participating entities to contribute matching funds when participating in the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The lack of waiver authority has undermined the ver...

Craig Regelbrugge September 24 2019

On September 19, the House of Representatives passed a temporary spending measure to fund the federal government through November 21. The Senate is expected to pass the measure next week.

Senate Democrats and Republicans, however, remain deeply divided over many appropriations bills, making it more likely that Congress will pass a second year-long continuing resolution later this f...

Tristan Daedalus September 24 2019

An intimate dining experience at Washington, D.C.’s Brazilian Steakhouse Fogo de Chão marked the first in a new tradition at AmericanHort— a premier event bringing together our most dedicated advocates in the horticulture industry with elected officials who consistently show support for the nee...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 24 2019

Andrew Wheeler, Administrator of EPA, was an honored keynote speaker at the AmericanHort Impact Washington Summit. Wheeler did not disappoint. He gave an information-packed presentation that highlighted recent EPA accomplishments relevant to the environmental horticulture industry.

Wheeler spoke of the decision to rescind the 2015 version of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) ...

Tal Coley September 24 2019

Over 175 Congressional offices received a visit from Impact Washington Summit attendees last week, hearing directly from the horticulture industry on key issues such as labor reform, transportation, and research funding.

With over one hundred attendees and more than two dozen states represented at the conference, attendees not only met in Capitol Hill offices but also heard first-h...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. September 04 2019

The USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that it will quarantine areas in California, Texas, and Louisiana for citrus greening after positive samples were confirmed in those areas.

The expanded areas include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California, Kleberg, Kenedy, and Webb Counties in Texas, and Plaquemines and S...

Craig Regelbrugge September 04 2019

As Congress returns from the August recess, AmericanHort, our allies in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, and seasonal employers across the country are sending Senate Appropriations Committee leaders a letter asking that they include helpful H-2B provisions in the Senate version of the Fiscal 2020 Department of Homeland Security and Labor funding bills. We expect to the Senate Appropriations Com...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan September 04 2019

On August 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that it received 10 applications to use existing pesticide products on hemp after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp for commercial use and production. EPA is currently seeking public comments on these applications.

According to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, “We hope this transparent and public process will ...

Craig Regelbrugge September 04 2019

As we’ve been reporting over the spring and summer, AmericanHort is encouraging members to reach out to their elected leaders in Congress – especially the newbies – to begin the process of educating them about our industry and our legislative priorities. Hosting a visit by an elected leader is especially effective.

At the end of August, a group of nursery owners w...

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...