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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 June 11 2019

In advance of the House Appropriations Committee’s expected consideration of the fiscal 2020 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, a bipartisan group of 58 Members of Congress sent 

Tal Coley June 11 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has delayed proposing changes to its Hours of Service (HOS) rules.  The changes, which were expected to be released on June 7 as a notice of proposed rulemaking, are still expected to be published during the month of June according to FMCSA officials.

The delay stems from the ongoing Office of Management and Budget (OMB) ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

AmericanHort joined Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity coalition colleagues in filing official comments regarding the exemption from overtime pay for certain Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside ...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2019

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has just released its 2019 Floriculture Crops summary (2018 data), after a two-year hiatus.  The new report is available here.

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

Employers continue to struggle with how to handle “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration, as underscored in a recent article that appeared in the New York Times.  Just a reminder that AmericanHort has developed

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 28 2019

AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) need to better understand our stakeholders’ use of the following nitroguanidine neonicotinoids

  • Clothianidin (Arena)
  • Dinotefuran (Safari)
  • Midacloprid (Merit, Marathon, others)
  • Thiamethoxam (Meridian, Flagship)

We anticipate that the EPA will announce proposed ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

Last week, employers began receiving receipts and approvals from the Department of Homeland Security for H-2B visa petitions submitted under the May 8 rule that established a process for employers to apply for an additional 30,000 H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019.  These visas are limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2...

AmericanHort Contributor May 28 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team was glad to partner last week with leadership delegations from the Oregon Association of Nurseries and the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association to raise Congressional awareness of our key shared federal priorities. Joined by members of the AmericanHort team, these state delegations met with Senate and House lawmakers to discuss the important iss...

Craig Regelbrugge May 28 2019

On May 22, the House Judiciary Committee approved the “Dream Act of 2019” (H.R. 2820).  The bill would extend legal status and create a path to citizenship for many who were brought to the United States illegally as children.  Legal status would be granted to...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has announced the top three locations under consideration for a new home for the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). They include multiple cities in Indiana, the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, and Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Two additional cities, St. Louis, MO and Madison, ...

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...