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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. November 14 2016

According to a newly released study: yes, if you plant the right things.
 
More research is confirming which plants are attractive to pollinators. The latest report is from the University of Georgia, where 74 different plant taxa, including annuals, perennials, and woody shrubs, were observed and sampled during the summer of 2014. Both native and nonnative plants were include...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 14 2016

When was the last time you hugged a tree? Trees can make you feel good, literally, according to a new report released from The Nature Conservancy.
 
As professionals in the green industry, we all understand the value of plants, especially trees. But for the general public, trees are often viewed as strictly ornamental and not essential. They are still considered to be one of ...

Craig Regelbrugge November 14 2016

The Department of Labor’s changes to the minimum salary threshold for the executive, administrative, and professional (white collar) exemption from overtime is scheduled to take effect December 1. Because December 1 falls during a pay period, affected employers are reminded that strategies employed to comply with the change need to be implemented for that pay period.
 
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Davi Bowen November 14 2016

Congress returns to Washington on November 14, and has until December 9 to figure out how to fund the federal government moving forward into next year and through the rest of FY2017, which began October 31. Hanging in the balance is the question of the H-2B program Returning Worker Exemption from the program’s unrealistic visa cap, as well as certain regulatory relief measures.
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Craig Regelbrugge November 14 2016

The national election dust has mostly settled. Republicans held control of the Senate, against difficult math, and the House of Representatives, as expected. When the last few races are called, and a runoff is held in the Louisiana Senate race, the 115th Congress GOP will have lost a handful of swing districts in the House, and hold 52 seats in the Senate vs. 54 in the current sessio...

Craig Regelbrugge November 14 2016

The votes are counted, the dust has begun to settle, and it was a “change election” the likes of which we have not seen in a long, long time. And the pollsters will be cleaning egg off their faces for weeks to come. In some ways, the ending of this protracted, bitter campaign season is a bit like the dog that chased, then with some surprise, caught the car. Attention now turns to pr...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 28 2016

The American chestnut tree is an icon of forests of yore, before their populations were decimated by chestnut blight, caused by Cryphonectria parasitica. Once the dominant hardwood of Eastern forests, American chestnuts ranged from Maine to Georgia with an estimated 3-4 billion trees across 30 million acres. Approximately 50 percent of Eastern forests were comprised of chestnut, until ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 28 2016

USDA APHIS’ list of regulated pests just got a little shorter; six insects were recently demoted to non-regulated status at ports of entry in the continental U.S. They are:
 

  • Flat scarlet mite, Cenopalpus pulcher
    • Hosts = pome fruits, stone fruits, walnut, willow
  • ...

Craig Regelbrugge October 28 2016

We live in anxious times, with disenchantment, frustration, even anger directed at politicians and institutions alike. Such emotions may be rooted in the sense that individuals and institutions are failing us, that the system is broken, or even “rigged” intentionally, that no one can be trusted and everyone in it is there for their own gain.
 
With today’s n...

Craig Regelbrugge October 28 2016

We have been hearing that EPA plans to release its final acute bee mitigation proposal by the end of the year. This proposal is on the agenda for the November 1 meeting of EPA’s Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC). During this federal advisory committee meeting, EPA will also discuss its risk assessment schedule for neonicotinoid insecticides.
 
In addition, the...

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...