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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 July 20 2017

Three items of very good news have emerged from the House Appropriations Committee over the past several days.  First, the Committee acted to increase funding for the Agricultural Research Service’ (ARS) Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) by $500,000!  You may recall that the Trump Administration proposed to eliminate the program. FNRI is a unique research partn...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

AmericanHort has received field reports suggesting an uptick in I-9 audits in our industry, in northeast Ohio, Tennessee, and perhaps elsewhere.  Now would be a good time to double-check that your practices are in order. 

In one audit, the Department of Labor (DOL) investigator asserted that inside salespeople fell outside the definition of agriculture and were therefor...

Craig Regelbrugge July 20 2017

The nursery crop insurance program has been much cussed and discussed in recent years. Most consider the program to be challenging and burdensome, with much of the burden recurring year after year regardless of whether you have a claim.  

There is an effort underway to change that.  It started in Florida, which isn’t surprising since most buy-up coverage happens i...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 20 2017

Fresh off Pollinator Week 2017, you can keep the pollinator buzz alive by attending the 2nd National Conference for Protecting Pollinators in Urban Landscapes! This meeting is jointly planned by Michigan State University and North Carolina State University. 
 

  • Who should attend? Leaders of the green industry, university educators, and state government officials.
Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 20 2017

Both Arkansas and Missouri have enacted emergency regulations banning the sale and use of dicamba for agricultural purposes. Both bans exclude weed control in ornamental and turf areas; therefore, dicamba can still be used in these markets.

The ban in Arkansas will last 120 days, while the actions in Missouri are considered temporary, pending investigations. Both states report an...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 03 2017

The Arkansas Plant Board recently approved an emergency ban on sale and all uses of dicamba. The ban would cover all agronomic crops except pastureland for 120 days. Pest control and homeowner uses are excluded. Whether or not the noncrop uses are restricted as well remains to be determined. If Governor Asa Hutchinson signs it, it will become enforceable immediately.
 
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. July 03 2017

It’s always something. If it’s not boxwood blight, it must be impatiens downy mildew. Or some sort of Phytophthora. Or worse – some threat you don’t even know about! It seems like there’s always a plant disease lurking about production and landscapes, plotting plant destruction and wreaking havoc with your livelihood. Below are some of the latest reports o...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

On June 27, Senate leaders announced that they would delay a vote on a Republican health care bill until after the July 4 recess. The bill, drafted in secret by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, faced opposition from at least five Republican Senators. After the decision to delay the vote was announced, three more Republican Senators released a joint statement opposing the bill. Moderate R...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

Since our last edition of Washington Impact, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson announced that Secretary John Kelly will soon expand the number of H-2B visas available this fiscal year, as is authorized under the fiscal 2017 Consolidated Appropriations Act. DHS spokesperson David Lapan qualified the statement, however, by stating that Secretary Kelly would make a smal...

Craig Regelbrugge July 03 2017

On June 29, the House of Representatives passed two immigration enforcement bills. One, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act, seeks to broaden the types of federal support that localities could lose for failing to cooperate fully with federal immigration officials. The bill had mixed reviews among local law enforcement officials; it was opposed by the Fraternal Order of Police, and a letter by 40...

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 Tal C...

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...