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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 November 06 2019

AmericanHort represented the U.S. nursery and floriculture industry at the recent North American Plant Protection Organization annual meeting. NAPPO works to harmonize approaches to plant and plant product imports into and within the North American region, to minimize the threat posed by quarantine and other regulated plant pests. Am...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 06 2019

EPA has proposed new updates to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to improve enforceability for state regulators and reduce regulatory burden for growers with regard to area exclusion zone (AEZ) requirements. EPA worked with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to develop the new rules to ensure they are easier to implement.

Specific proposed provisions i...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2019

A heads-up to growers participating in the U.S./Canada Greenhouse Grown Plant Certification Program (GCP): December 1, 2019, is the deadline for applying to transition to the recently-revised GCP. The deadline for meeting new program requirements is one year later, December 1, 2020. To apply, contact your state plant regulatory official. Technical program details are available on the 

Tal Coley November 06 2019

The Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, a top priority of the Impact Washington summit in September, has continued to garner steady support, with eight new Representatives signing on in support since the conference.

The legislation would address confusion over the “agricultural commodity” definition currently in use for transportation policy, providing much-needed clarity...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. November 06 2019

USDA released a set of proposed regulations to guide states and growers on hemp production as part of the new U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. The new regulations took effect on October 31, and will be open for public comment through December. Congress legalized hemp production in the 2018 Farm Bill, yet confusion remained among states on how to regulate it. Now there is a clear path f...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2019

As Congress continues to debate annual spending bills to fund the federal government, AmericanHort is pushing for H-2B visa cap relief. As with past years, “must do” appropriations bills offer the best opportunity to pass temporary H-2B cap relief which would toward a permanent solution to the H-2B labor crisis.

To press for inclusion of H-2B cap relief in a final spend...

Craig Regelbrugge November 06 2019

On October 30, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced H.R.4916, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. A total of 44 lawmakers – 24 Democrats and 20 Republicans – joined as original cosponsors, which is rather remarkable in the face of the sharp partisan divides on virtually every issue in Washington these days. House Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee chairwoman Zoe Lof...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 23 2019

Chlorpyrifos sales in California are set to end February 2020, according to a new agreement reached between the California Environmental Protection Agency and Dow Agrosciences and other companies.

All sales will end February 6, 2020, and growers will no longer be allowed to possess chlorpyrifos after December 31, 2020. All current restrictions must be followed until that date. A fe...

Tal Coley October 23 2019

Administrator Ray Martinez of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced he will leave the agency at the end of October, ending his term as administrator after being confirmed in February 2018.

Martinez, citing a desire to spend more time with family, will remain at the Department of Transportation and oversee redevelopment construction at the National Transp...

Craig Regelbrugge October 23 2019

Fiscal year 2020 began on October 1. The federal government is currently operating under a temporary spending bill or “continuing resolution” (CR) that runs through November 21.

To date, little progress has been made in discussions among House and Senate leaders on final spending bills. Also, the Senate has yet to pass annual spending bills, including those that fund th...

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...