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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. April 22 2020

Purdue University released a new app, Purdue Shrub Doctor, for mobile devices. Shrub Doctor is the latest addition to their suite of apps to help diagnose pest problems in environmental horticulture and home gardeners.

Led by Dr. Janna Beckerman and Dr. Cliff Sadof, both of Purdue University, Shrub Doctor co...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan April 22 2020

On April 16, the Trump Administration issued guidelines to states that outline a phased-in approach to re-opening of the economy. When issuing the guidelines, the President insisted that the decision and...

Tristan Daedalus April 22 2020

As green industry businesses struggle to stay open among conflicting state designations of essential business operations, a key component of the effort is following the best available advice on workplace procedures to keep on-the-job employees and customers healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent...

Tal Coley April 22 2020

The Economic Industry Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, once thought open to agricultural businesses based on language in the CARES Act, hit a snag between relief packages from Congress. In response to a national coalition letter joined by AmericanHort, the Small Business Administration stated that duplicative language in the CARES Act rendered it unable to extend the EIDL program to agricultura...

Tal Coley April 22 2020

The Federal Reserve is in the process of putting together infrastructure for the Main Street Lending Program (MSLP), a new COVID-19 relief program, in the coming weeks. The program will cast a much wider net than the small business programs already launched, as it will be available to businesses with up to 10,000 employees and up to $2.9 billion in annual revenue in 2019.

MSLP is a...

Craig Regelbrugge April 22 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced on April 21 that it has confirmed the detection of Ralstonia solanacearum race 3 biovar 2 (RSr3b2) in a single variety of geranium plants located in a Michigan greenhouse. This particular type of Ralstonia, a bacterial plant pathogen, can cause a wilt disease in several ...

Craig Regelbrugge April 22 2020

Topping the latest on the COVID-19 response, the Trump Administration announced an initial $19 billion in agricultural sector relief. The formal announcement came in an unusual 9:00 pm press conference by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The outlined relief plan includes $16 billion in direct assistance to producers, and $3 billion in direct government purchases of meat, dairy products, a...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. April 08 2020

EPA has extended by thirty days the deadline to comment on proposed interim decisions for five neonicotinoid insecticides under review, including acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. The original deadline was April 3, 2020. Comments are now due May 4, 2020.

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Laurie-Ann Flanagan April 08 2020

On April 1, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report entitled, “H-2B VISAS: Additional Steps Needed to Meet Employers' Hiring Needs and Protect U.S. Workers.” The report is based on interviews and surveys of H-2B employers and case studies of four industries in five U.S. counties:

  • Construction in Maricopa County, Arizona;
  • Hospi...

Tal Coley April 08 2020

Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies asking for t...

Exclusive access to the AmericanHort Advocacy and Research Team during this Quarterly Advocacy Brief webinar series. Attendees get the latest news from Washington D.C. and are able to ask questions on how it affects your business

Signed into law on June 5th, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act triggered an updated round of regulations for PPP loans, many of which provide additional flexibility to key provisions of the program. These concepts include the covered period, payroll cost thresholds, loan maturity, loan deferral period, as well as updated forms for forgiveness.  Join Tal Coley ...

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 ...