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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.

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 29 2018

The USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new, interactive tool to explain the story of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the U.S. The ‘Story Map of EAB’ includes high resolution pictures and details of symptoms of EAB infestations and an interactive map illustrating th...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 29 2018

San Francisco’s Superior Court of California Judge Suzanne Bolanos recently affirmed a verdict against Bayer AG unit Monsanto. It found that glyphosate is responsible for a groundkeeper’s terminal cancer, but she reduced a $250 million a punitive damages award assessed by a jury to $39 million if the plaintiff agrees. Bayer’s lawyer said it would appeal the decision if the pla...

Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

By Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) recently released its “Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.” The unified agenda is a summary of administrative actions that federal agencies plan to issue in the near and longer term.
According to OIRA, the unified agenda “inclu...

Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

By Craig Regelbrugge and Chris Schulte

On October 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new forms for H-2A applications. This is the beginning of a larger roll-out of promising H-2A administrative reforms from the DOL in cooperation with the Departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security. There will be a 60-day comment period on the proposed changes to the forms with...

Tal Coley October 29 2018

Due to increasing federal budget deficits announced in October, the Trump Administration is proposing to cut 5% off of federal agencies’ bottom lines. The federal deficit climbed to $779 billion in FY 2018, which was a 17% increase over the previous year.
 
With regard to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), a spokesman stated that “USDA stands with the president...

Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

With the 2018 midterm elections bearing down, the AmericanHort Political Action Committee, PlantPAC, has been working hard to support the reelection of some of horticulture’s best friends in Congress. On October 17 and 18, PlantPAC was pleased to join leading AmericanHort members at two hugely successful events in California.
 
The first, in support of Rep. David Valada...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The Department of Labor recently announced a compliance and enforcement initiative targeting the landscape sector.  And, horticulture businesses – especially those using the H-2 seasonal worker visa programs – have long been disproportionately targeted.  What’s a business owner to do?  Put simply, prepare! 
 
To assist, AmericanHort is ho...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 15 2018

New York State announced new regulations targeting the spread of spotted lanternfly (SLF). Certificates of inspection are now required for the following materials originating from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:
 

  • Brush, debris, or yard waste
  • Landscaping or construction waste
  • Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
  • Firewood of a...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for inspecting live plants, plant cuttings, and most other propagative material imports, collectively known as “plants for planting.” Plant imports are typically inspected at APHIS plant inspection stations, located at or near many major U.S. ports.
 
During the past several years...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 15 2018

Several box tree moth specimens were recently reported in the Toronto, ON area, marking the first reports of this Buxus pest in North America.
 
The reports come by way of iNaturalist, a citizen science site. The photog...

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...