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Sometimes you just need to find the latest info and news industry-wide, and this is the place to find it. From business management to Washington’s impact you’ll find the latest articles and videos here.

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, ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

Registration of chlorpyrifos will be canceled in the state of California. This process may take up to two years, and state officials have allocated $5.7 million to fund safer alternatives.

California becomes the second state to take this action, following Hawaii’s announcement in 2018. New York is also considering registration cancelation.

Debates over chlorpyrifos&...

Tal Coley May 13 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that June 7 is the likely date of publication of its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on changes to the trucking Hours of Service (HOS) rules. FMCSA noted that the agency plans to take comments on the NPRM until July 26.

FMCSA issued a pre-rule last August, focusing on four areas of potential changes to current HOS ...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 13 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed in a public announcement that there is no risk to human health from glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp® herbicide. A detailed examination of data gathered to date is included, as is a critique on the limitations of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer review of glyphosate, ...

Craig Regelbrugge May 13 2019

House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has initiated stakeholder negotiations with the goal of developing and advancing a bipartisan agricultural labor reform bill by early summer. AmericanHort is a direct participant in the process, reflecting our organization’s history of steady and principled leadership on the issue. If the negotiation...

Tal Coley May 13 2019

The AmericanHort-supported Agricultural Trucking Relief Act, H.R.1673, introduced by Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), gained additional support this past week, with new Congressional cosponsors as well as supporting organizations.

Additional cosponsors over the past couple of weeks include Representatives Greg Gianforte (R-MT), TJ Cox (D-CA), Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rick Crawford (R-AR), D...

Craig Regelbrugge May 13 2019

By: Craig Regelbrugge & Laurie Flanagan
On May 8, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) finally released a rule that established a process for employers to apply for 30,000 more H-2B visas for fiscal 2019. These visas are limited to returning workers who received H-2B visas in one or more of the previous three fiscal years (2016, 2017 or 2018).

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Craig Regelbrugge May 01 2019

In response to a request for public input, AmericanHort and the Society of American Florists filed official comments in support of continuing the Census of Horticultural Specialties.  The comments pointed out that since 1889, data collected and presented by the Census of Horticultural Specialties have been a valuable resource to the floriculture and nursery industry.  The industry rep...

Tal Coley May 01 2019

On April 26, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) visited AmericanHort premium member Battlefield Farms in Rapidan, Virginia.  Spanberger, a newly-elected member of Congress, who also sits on the House Committee on Agriculture, spent over two hours touring the facility and discussing priority issues.

The AmericanHort advocacy team had worked with Battlefield Farms to coordi...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. May 01 2019

Effective May 20, 2019, some “regulated areas” for Phytophthora ramorum will no longer be regulated under the federal program, though “quarantine areas”, where the pathogen is established, will be.  Operationally, nothing really changes as this approach has been already in effect through federal orders previously established in 2014 and 2015.

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...

This stacked panel of experts will plunge into the current and potential application of exciting new technologies showing promise in automating and innovating the management of nursery stock, and other environments including arboretums and forest stands. New technologies explored during this seminar include drone-based observation and sampling, canopy robotics, and a variety of radio-frequen...

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...

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. 

Presented on 9/13/2018 by: Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President - Industry Advocacy & Research & Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs

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 ...

This is the full version of the webinar and is only available to Premium level AmericanHort members. If you are a Premium member and are trying to access the video please contact us for the password.

What’s the latest news on boxwood blight? Boxwood blight is one of the latest scourges to impact the green industry, from nursery production to landscape maintenance & i...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges...

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Are you struggling with the worst labor challenges you've seen in a long time?&...