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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.

Jennifer Gray December 13 2019

With the establishment of the Boxwood Initiative, HRI has become a leading source of information regarding boxwood pests and diseases. Now, for the first time, HRI is bringing the information to a live event. Along with our partner, the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), HRI has created a one-day workshop focusing on Boxwood Health on February 4, 2020.
Over a quarter of all boxwood (...

Tristan Daedalus December 13 2019

AmeircanHort’s advocacy program grew by leaps and bounds in 2019 with new staff, new tools, and new outreach to members and officials alike. The results have been impressive— our members' input on federal legislation and regulations being sent directly to elected and cabinet officials, personal relationships built between our members and their elected representatives, and keepin...

Craig Regelbrugge December 13 2019

Amidst the chronic partisan gridlock and divisiveness in Congress, a rare moment of bipartisanship appeared late on December 11, as the House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H.R. 5038, on a vote of 260 – 165. All but four Democrats were joined by 34 Republicans in pushing the bill across the finish line. You can see how your Representative voted

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 04 2019

The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) released a new fact sheet (PDF, 1.7MB) dedicated to crown gall on roses. This is a bacterial plant disease that is particularly devastating to members of the Rosaceae family, such as apples, blackberries, cherries, and roses.

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Tal Coley December 04 2019

The deadline for trucks equipped with Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) to switch to electronic logging devices (ELDs) is fast approaching, with AOBRD users required to make the switch by December 16th. Unlike other previous deadlines associated with the ELD, this deadline is not expected to be extended by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

When th...

Craig Regelbrugge December 04 2019

USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has modified the protocol for interstate movement of citrus nursery stock. This protocol, originally published in 2013 and modified in 2018, contains standards and requirements that a nursery must meet to obtain a certificate or limited permit allowing the interstate movement of citrus nursery stock from areas quarantined for ...

Craig Regelbrugge December 04 2019

Each year, in December, the Department of Labor (DOL) publishes the new “adverse effect wage rates” (AEWR) which are typically the wages required to be paid to H-2A agricultural visa workers, as well as any U.S. workers considered to be in “corresponding employment.” The AEWRs are derived from the USDA Farm Labor Survey and typically take effect in January, two weeks ...

Tristan Daedalus December 04 2019

Congress has a lot to do in the remaining 13 legislative days of 2019. Here’s a look ahead at the big issues you can hope to see this December.

Federal Government Funding

Absent additional action by Congress, funding for the federal government is set to expire on December 20. What we know so far isn’t much, but it’s telling. First, a full-year stopgap ...

Craig Regelbrugge November 20 2019

AmericanHort leader Mike Gooder, of PlantPeddler in Cresco, Iowa understands that effective advocacy is essential to business success. He knows that it all starts with a relationship. And to put it bluntly, Mike’s on a roll.

Earlier this year, Plantpeddler hosted U.S. Representative Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) for a facility tour. Then, she and Gooder met face to face during the I...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 20 2019

A new viral disease on tomato has been intercepted in a few spots in the U.S. Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) was first identified in a southern California greenhouse in September 2018 in grafted tomato plants and has also been found in specific production facilities in Mexico, and in Ontario, Canada. In October 2019, ToBRFV-infected tomato fruit was found in Naples and Gainesville,...

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...