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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.

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

Authors: Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan

Both the House and Senate are on recess until November 13. When Congress returns for a post-election “lame duck” session, it faces a daunting to-do list. First, Congress must wrap up the outstanding fiscal 2019 federal spending bills, including a funding measure for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Departmen...

Tal Coley October 15 2018

AmericanHort submitted official comments last week regarding potential changes to the Hours of Service Rules (HOS) that were floated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in late August.
 
AmericanHort praised the proposed changes — which include giving drivers added flex...

Craig Regelbrugge October 02 2018

We are beginning to hear reports that U.S. growers are having to pay very significant tariff charges on certain supplies and inputs, including items like fiberglass tree stakes.  And as of September 24, an additional $200 billion worth of goods coming from China to the U.S. became subject to a 10% tariff.  These latest tariffs include over twenty specific tariff codes related to plant...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 02 2018

USDA’s Animal & Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) is recommending an end to the federal quarantine for emerald ash borer (EAB), citing that such quarantines have “outlived their usefulness.” This follows APHIS’ announcements earlier this year of newly regulated areas in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
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Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 02 2018

The court-ordered chlorpyrifos ban is on hold, at least temporarily.
 
EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice requested a rehearing of the case, specifically asking the 9th Circuit Court to revisit the issue either en banc (meaning a panel of all the judges of the 9th Circuit) or by the original three judges.
 
The three-judge...

Craig Regelbrugge October 02 2018

House and Senate negotiators failed to reach an agreement on a final farm bill before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. They continue to negotiate and are hopeful that they will reach an agreement during the lame duck session after the mid-term elections.
 
In a September 26 joint statement, Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Rep. Michael Con...

Craig Regelbrugge October 02 2018

President Trump signed into law legislation on September 28 to fund the Departments of Labor (DOL), Defense, and Health and Human Services for fiscal 2019, and to fund many other government agencies through December 7.
 
The DOL funding bill continues the Department of Labor (DOL) H-2B regulatory relief provisions that have been included in past funding bills. Specifically, t...

Tal Coley October 02 2018

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued an extension on its advanced notice of proposed rulemaking concerning potential changes to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules. The new deadline to submit comments is October 10.

Under pressure from numerous groups to extend the deadline, the agency accommodated those requests and extended the deadline, but only by a few...

Craig Regelbrugge October 02 2018

With the November elections looming, PlantPAC – the AmericanHort Political Action Committee – is mobilizing to aid the re-election of our best supporters in Congress!  PlantPAC enables leaders in horticulture to help elect and re-elect Congressional candidates who support policies that enable our industry and businesses to perform, grow, and prepare for the future. With yo...

Craig Regelbrugge September 18 2018

The landscape sector’s H-2B visa program users are being targeted for a U.S. Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division (DOL-WHD) compliance enforcement and outreach initiative, according to an agency announcement
 

AmericanHort is in communication with the DOL-WHD on compliance ...

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...