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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 November 28 2018

A year-end spending bill, now under discussion, is likely the last possible vehicle for H-2B cap relief.  The final spending package could be a stand-alone package that includes funding for the seven unfinished FY 2019 funding bills, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill.  Or, we could see yet another “continuing resolution” to fund those ...

Chris Schulte November 28 2018

Employers participating in the H-2A non-immigrant visa program must pay their H-2A workers and U.S. “corresponding” workers at least the “adverse effect wage rate” or “AEWR.” The Department of Labor, through a grant to USDA, surveys non-H-2A employers’ payroll data for the current year, then the DOL uses that information to set the next year’s AEW...

Craig Regelbrugge November 28 2018

Are you a greenhouse grower who ships to the Canadian market? If so, you should learn about the newly revised U.S. – Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program (GCP). The GCP can make exporting easier for participating growers by allowing them to ship with a special sticker rather than having to get and pay for an inspection and phytosanitary certificate for each and every shipme...

Tal Coley November 28 2018

Racing against the clock to finalize a key piece of legislation before year’s end, farm bill negotiators are looking to finish up talks in the days ahead. The Senate returned to work on Monday with their House counterparts arriving yesterday to finish the lame duck session.
 
Areas of disagreement remain around items such as forest management, eligibility for commodity ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 13 2018

As expected, the EPA has announced new changes to three dicamba formulations, including DuPont’s FeXapan®, BASF’s Engenia®, and Monsanto’s XtendiMax®. The registrations were extended two additional years with amendments to mitigate off-site damage following the second summer in a row that saw hundreds to thousands of reports of non-target crop damage due to offs...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 13 2018

The bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) was recently confirmed in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Xf was first identified in the European Union (EU) in olive groves in Italy in 2013, triggering a quick response from the EU in the form of stringent regulations on plant material imported to the EU. Now plant material known to be susceptible to Xf originating from the U....

Craig Regelbrugge November 13 2018

By: Craig Regelbrugge & Tal Coley

The Senate and House Agriculture, Judiciary, and Appropriations Committees are the three most important for AmericanHort legislative priorities.  The election results will mean a new landscape come January and the 116th Congress.  Here’s a peek ahead.

During the next Congress we do not expect significant...

Tal Coley November 13 2018

AmericanHort has announced support of new legislation – the Agricultural Trucking Relief Act of 2018, H.R. 7004 – that was introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) at the end of September.  This bill would bring much-needed clarity to the definition o...

Tal Coley November 13 2018

The newly divided Congress and looming 2020 presidential election may bring even more Congressional gridlock. House Democrats will be eager to bring new oversight, not just of the President, but of Cabinet officials and agency actions. On the other hand, neither party will want to own the blame for gridlock and the divided government will force cross-aisle cooperation to get anything done.

Craig Regelbrugge November 13 2018

By: Craig Regelbrugge & Tal Coley

The good news: the 2018 midterm elections are finally over.  The bad news: a dozen or more races are still undecided.  Still, the contours of the new Congress have taken shape, and each party can claim some wins even as they brood over things that didn’t materialize.

You know the toplines – the Democrat...

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...