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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 05 2016

Herbicide resistant weeds, or superweeds, have emerged as a major concern in worldwide agriculture and the concern is being felt in non-crop industries, such as turf, aquatics, and potentially in nursery production. Even news organizations deem the issue newsworthy, with macabre headlines such as ‘The Rise of the Super Weed Around the World” (Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2...

Craig Regelbrugge December 05 2016

Earlier this year, USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service initiated a periodic review of the federal domestic quarantine designed to prevent the movement of imported fire ant via nursery plants and other means of accidental spread. AmericanHort and our state association grassroots partners have taken the position that the quarantine benefits the industry by ensuring a consist...

Craig Regelbrugge December 05 2016

In early November, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency hosted the annual meeting of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO). The meeting offered AmericanHort the opportunity to:
 

  • Ensure that the American horticultural industry was represented in important trilateral discussions that took place on quarantines, trade, invasive plants, and other issues;
Davi Bowen December 05 2016

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Starting January 22, 2017, employers must use ONLY the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, employers may use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the new version.

Craig Regelbrugge December 05 2016

On November 22, a U.S. District Court judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule, which was slated to go into effect on December 1. The court acted out of concern that the overtime rule may violate the Administrative Procedures Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act, which exempts employees from overtime ...

Craig Regelbrugge December 05 2016

Congress is crafting legislation to fund the federal government from December 9 through at least the end of March and possibly into May. Under a continuing resolution (CR), the H-2B regulatory relief now in place will be extended. However, the returning worker exemption expired on October 1, 2016. We are pushing lawmakers to reinstate the exemption in the continuing resolution. It is an uphill ...

AmericanHort Contributor December 02 2016

The federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) protects agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from occupational exposure to pesticides. The responsibility for providing WPS protections rests with the employer. Horticultural growers are most affected by WPS compared to other less-intensive agricultural producers because they have more workers performing hand-labor with pesticide-treated plan...

Craig Regelbrugge December 02 2016

As we say goodbye to the tumulous election season and prepare to ring in 2017 with newly elected leaders at all levels of government, I want to share with you AmericanHort’s advocacy and research efforts on behalf of the industry.
 
Our Reputation and Focus
We have a lot to say and do. Our industry creates jobs and careers, it supports local econ...

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 ...

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...