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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 October 13 2016

The Horticultural Research Institute, the green industry’s national foundation for research and scholarships, has released “Where Do Plants Go,” an infographic using recent statistics collected by researcher...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 13 2016

USDA APHIS has established a new plum pox quarantine for portions of Ulster and Orange Counties in the Hudson Valley area of New York. In September 2015, one plum tree was identified in the area as being positive for plum pox. The infected tree was located in a commercial orchard of mixed fruit trees and was identified during a Farm Bill-funded survey. Additional surveys in the area were subseq...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 13 2016

With all th...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 13 2016

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced that applications and pre-applications are being accepted for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) program. The closing date is November 15, 2016. Over $48 million is estimated to be available in this round of funding.
 
The SCRI program awards grants to support research and Extension that address t...

Davi Bowen October 13 2016

AmericanHort member garden centers, landscape design-build businesses, and association partners are deeply concerned over the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “overreaching” overtime final rule scheduled to take effect December 1. In fact, the AmericanHort compliance webinar held at the end of September was among our most popular this year.
 
Now, a new Sena...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 03 2016

The USDA Specialty Research Crop Initiative (SCRI) program is seeking volunteers in the horticulture industry to serve on review panels for funding applications that support research and extension in the specialty crop industry. These panels help decide grant recipients. To be eligible, you must be engaged in horticulture, either breeding, growing, or selling. Reviewers will help identify proje...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 03 2016

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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 03 2016

Have you ever wondered what your pour-through results really mean? If so, now there’s help!
 
The variety of media available to the container industry is astounding. Many operations have water sources with unique quality and their own special blended fertilizers and soilless substrates (i.e. media) to ensure they have what works best for them. These selected fertilizers...

Craig Regelbrugge October 03 2016

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations on valuation discounts which would make broad changes to Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. Guidance from our advocacy partners at the Small ...

Craig Regelbrugge October 03 2016

On Wednesday, September 28, the House and Senate passed a short-term funding measure to fund the federal government through December 9, after lawmakers reached an agreement to separately address funding for...

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...