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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. December 19 2016

Concerns over damage from dicamba drift are heightening at the state level. The Arkansas Plant Board unanimously voted to adopt measures limiting some dicamba use by 2017. The governor must approve the restrictions before they are enacted.

The proposed restrictions are based on formulation. For example:
• Use of the traditional formulation, dimethylamine (DMA) salt of...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2016

USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have announced the finalization of a revised greenhouse-
grown plant certification program. The United States‒Canada Greenhouse-Grown Plant Certification Program (GCP) is a bilateral export certification program for greenhouse-grown plants shipped between Canada and the continental ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 19 2016

As you think about your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017, don’t forget to include updating your compliance plans for the EPA worker protection standard (WPS) and pesticide applicator certification.

EPA finalized changes to the WPS earlier this year and some will take effect January 2, 2017. The revisions are meant to strengthen protections for agricultural workers and ...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2016

The “adverse effect wage rate,” or AEWR, is typically the applicable minimum wage that must be paid to temporary and seasonal agricultural workers employed through the H-2A foreign worker program. The AEWR wage must also be paid to any U.S. worker considered to be in “corresponding employment,” currently interpreted by the Department of Labor to mean the worker performs ...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2016

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) under President Obama has been called the most partisan ever. Does the claim hold up under scrutiny? Well, a recent report co-produced by the business-oriented Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, with which AmericanHort collaborates, suggests so. In fact, the ...

Davi Bowen December 19 2016

Along with the short-term spending plan that funds the federal government until April 28, 2017, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act (also knows as the Water Resources Development Act or WRDA). Years in the making, this sprawling $12 billion reauthorization bill provides federal funding for a wide array of water-related projects, ranging from storage t...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2016

On December 13, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is allocating nearly $58 million under Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support 513 projects with partners in 5...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition process is in full swing. And as we’ve reported previously, key appointees at the departments of Justice, Labor, Agriculture, and State will have major influence on immigration enforcement and visa program policy.

AmericanHort is a leader in the effort to secure sensible immigration reforms to ensure a stable and legal workfor...

Craig Regelbrugge December 19 2016

President Obama has signed into law a temporary spending bill to fund the federal government through April 28. Despite a massive effort by our industry and others in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, Congress did not reinstate the H-2B returning worker exemption. The exemption expired on October 1, the start of fiscal 2017.

The spending bill will extend through April 28 with several ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 05 2016

As I sit at my desk in early November thinking about my work with the Horticultural Research Institute, it is raining. Not something especially significant normally, except this rain will turn out to be the first all-day rain event in northeast Ohio since early May!
 
Rain. Water. How to best apply it. How to use less of it. How to recycle it. How to clean it.
 

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...