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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.

Ed Overdevest August 12 2016

As an industry, and as a nation, we face an immigration reform process that has evolved into a frustrating stalemate – a conundrum that outside observers would best describe as insane. Adding to the irrationality is the political reality that, for many, this continuing dilemma is best left unsolved – because it serves as a convenience… a “convenience of insanity.”...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

Former U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette passed away August 3 at age 62 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. LaTourette represented Ohio's 14th Congressional District from 1995 to 2013. LaTourette’s district included the major Lake County nursery production area, and LaTourette was a quiet supporter of our industry’s legislative goals.
 
Earlier this summer, on Jun...

Chris Schulte August 12 2016

The Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) on July 29, 2016, published a new rule regarding the process for provisional unlawful presence waivers. “Unlawful presence” can arise when an alien enters the U.S. without inspection at the border or enters on a visa but overstays that visa. Depending on the length of time spent in the U.S. in an...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

As the batt...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

As reported here previously, the U.S. government is moving to implement a streamlined system for imports, where all data required to gain admissibility for imports will be submitted electronically through a “single window.” The “single window” will be Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). The data submissions entered into ACE will ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 12 2016

Rules and regulations regarding certified pesticide applicators are likely to change in the near future. The EPA drafted final changes to the current certification of applicators of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) that are aimed at better protecting applicators, the public, and the environment from risks associated with RUPs. Minimum age requirements would be established, as would certificatio...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

AmericanHort was an invited speaker and participant at the annual meeting of the National Plant Board, an organization of the state plant regulatory officials who license and regulate plant growers and retailers. It’s a great opportunity to represent the horticulture industry, sustain relationships, and problem-solve on plant health, quarantine, and shipping issues. State officials as wel...

Craig Regelbrugge August 12 2016

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Old plant pest quarantines die hard, and such is truly the case for Japanese beetle. This invasive and destructive insect pest first turned up in New Je...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 12 2016

Over $2.8 million has been awarded toward pollinator protection in our industry through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). The funds will be distributed over a period of two years, with additional funds available over a total five-year period, to a collaboration of researchers facilitated by Dr. Cristi Palmer, IR-4 Project, Rutg...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. December 10 2015

The American Association of Pesticide Control Officials met December 8 to discuss proposed metrics to evaluate whether or not state-managed pollinator protection plans (MP3s) result in improvements to pollinator health. Some states have pollinator protection plans in place, and others are working to develop these plans. This latest stakeholder workgroup provided a forum for state regulators to ...

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...