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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. September 04 2019

The USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that it will quarantine areas in California, Texas, and Louisiana for citrus greening after positive samples were confirmed in those areas.

The expanded areas include Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California, Kleberg, Kenedy, and Webb Counties in Texas, and Plaquemines and S...

Craig Regelbrugge September 04 2019

As Congress returns from the August recess, AmericanHort, our allies in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, and seasonal employers across the country are sending Senate Appropriations Committee leaders a letter asking that they include helpful H-2B provisions in the Senate version of the Fiscal 2020 Department of Homeland Security and Labor funding bills. We expect to the Senate Appropriations Com...

Laurie-Ann Flanagan September 04 2019

On August 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that it received 10 applications to use existing pesticide products on hemp after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp for commercial use and production. EPA is currently seeking public comments on these applications.

According to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, “We hope this transparent and public process will ...

Craig Regelbrugge September 04 2019

As we’ve been reporting over the spring and summer, AmericanHort is encouraging members to reach out to their elected leaders in Congress – especially the newbies – to begin the process of educating them about our industry and our legislative priorities. Hosting a visit by an elected leader is especially effective.

At the end of August, a group of nursery owners w...

Tal Coley September 04 2019

The AmericanHort advocacy team has set up a webinar for Impact Washington Summit attendees.

The “Impact Washington Summit: Conference Preview” webinar will be held on Tuesday, September 10th from 3:30pm-4:15pm EST. The webinar will provide a programming overview, event schedule, highlight issues of focus, as well as provide general information on lobbying in Washington,...

Tristan Daedalus August 20 2019

By: Tristan Daedalus and Craig Regelbrugge

As we approach another election year, your support of PlantPAC is more important than ever. PlantPAC, the AmericanHort Political Action Committee, gives our industry a voice to support Congressional candidates that back pro-horticulture policies. Federal law requires us to obtain prior approval from AmericanHort members before inf...

Craig Regelbrugge August 20 2019

Craig Regelbrugge and Laurie Flanagan

How Congress ends up funding the federal government will determine whether we see an H-2B seasonal worker visa fix in time for 2020. For this reason, we’re providing frequent status updates.

The House and Senate recently passed, and the President has signed, a bill that sets federal government spending limits for the next...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. August 20 2019

In February 2018, a federal judge temporarily blocked California’s cancer-causing label requirement (set to begin July 2018) on products containing glyphosate. The block remains unchallenged and still in place today. The judge ruled that since glyphosate is not known to cause cancer, such warnings would be misleading. However, glyphosate is still listed on the California state list of ...

Craig Regelbrugge August 20 2019

Each year in August, the National Plant Board convenes its annual meeting of state plant regulatory officials, along with federal cooperators including the Departments of Agriculture, and Homeland Security. The meeting presents a very useful opportunity for AmericanHort to brief those who inspect and regulate us on the health of the horticulture industry, and to represent the industry and se...

Tal Coley August 20 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has at last proposed changes to its hours of service (HOS) rules. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) — which was delayed at the Office of Management and Budget...

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...