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Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

By Craig Regelbrugge and Chris Schulte

On October 25, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced new forms for H-2A applications. This is the beginning of a larger roll-out of promising H-2A administrative reforms from the DOL in cooperation with the Departments of Agriculture and Homeland Security. There will be a 60-day comment period on the proposed changes to the forms with...

Tal Coley October 29 2018

Due to increasing federal budget deficits announced in October, the Trump Administration is proposing to cut 5% off of federal agencies’ bottom lines. The federal deficit climbed to $779 billion in FY 2018, which was a 17% increase over the previous year.
 
With regard to the Department of Agriculture (USDA), a spokesman stated that “USDA stands with the president...

Craig Regelbrugge October 29 2018

With the 2018 midterm elections bearing down, the AmericanHort Political Action Committee, PlantPAC, has been working hard to support the reelection of some of horticulture’s best friends in Congress. On October 17 and 18, PlantPAC was pleased to join leading AmericanHort members at two hugely successful events in California.
 
The first, in support of Rep. David Valada...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The Department of Labor recently announced a compliance and enforcement initiative targeting the landscape sector.  And, horticulture businesses – especially those using the H-2 seasonal worker visa programs – have long been disproportionately targeted.  What’s a business owner to do?  Put simply, prepare! 
 
To assist, AmericanHort is ho...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 15 2018

New York State announced new regulations targeting the spread of spotted lanternfly (SLF). Certificates of inspection are now required for the following materials originating from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia:
 

  • Brush, debris, or yard waste
  • Landscaping or construction waste
  • Logs, stumps, or any tree parts
  • Firewood of a...

Craig Regelbrugge October 15 2018

The USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is responsible for inspecting live plants, plant cuttings, and most other propagative material imports, collectively known as “plants for planting.” Plant imports are typically inspected at APHIS plant inspection stations, located at or near many major U.S. ports.
 
During the past several years...

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 15 2018

Several box tree moth specimens were recently reported in the Toronto, ON area, marking the first reports of this Buxus pest in North America.
 
The reports come by way of iNaturalist, a citizen science site. The photog...

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...

Katie Gustafson October 08 2018

A café covered from floor to ceiling with coffee plants, bumblebees made from hay bales, creative bonsai displays, and extensive opportunities for learning and networking… that was just the tip of the iceberg at the International Garden Center Association’s (IGCA) 2018 Congress.

The IGCA Congress is a week of touring cutting-edge garden retail centers in a destinatio...

What is SANC? It stands for the Systems Approach to Nursery Certification. Certification of nursery stock for intrastate, interstate, and international shipping has become increasingly challenging for industry and regulatory agencies due to higher shipping volumes, increasing regulated pest pressure, more rigorous shipping requirements, and dwindling resources. The National Plant Board (NPB) is...

Each year, thousands of potentially preventable pesticide exposure incidents are reported that lead to sick days, lost wages and medical bills. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has responded by increasing protections for the nation's two million agricultural workers and their families with changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.

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