Positions & Statements

AmericanHort is one of fourteen organizations representing specialty crop growers who are urging U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator Kevin Shea to consider increasing funding allocation for the National Clean Plant Network by at least $1.125 million in the upcoming FY 2023 program cycle to ensure clean plant centers are able to continue to provide critical services. 

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5/23/22 – AmericanHort joins a coalition of horticulture and agriculture organizations to share concerns with President Biden about recent changes in the regulation and labeling of pesticides.  Read the letter.

3/31/2022 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) today announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. These visas will be set aside for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1, 2022, through Sept. 30, 2022. View full statement.

3/2/2022 – AmericanHort is part of the newly announced Alliance for New Immigration Consensus, to call for bipartisan legislative solutions on immigration and border security during the 117th Congress. View Letter.

8/12/2021 – COVID -19 Vaccinations – Frequently Asked Questions – Employer driven requirements and/or incentives for vaccination against COVID-19 are a current hot topic. This coincides with an increased public campaign by the federal government and health officials to support vaccination of all eligible individuals against COVID-19. This document will focus on the federal laws surrounding vaccination incentives and requirements in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to review any and all state policies on vaccination incentives or requirements in the workplace as well. View PDF here..

6/23/2021 – Supreme Court Decision on “Right To Take Access” – On June 23, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) handed down a 6 to 3 decision announcing that a California regulation that grants labor organizations’ “right to take access” to an agricultural employer’s property in order to solicit support for unionization is a per se taking. Here are more details on this update.

5/28/2021 – AmericanHort and HRI – Box Tree Moth Situation Update – Last week, AmericanHort learned that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) had confirmed the presence of box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis) in a St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada nursery.
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1/28/2021 – NCAE letter to IRS Commissioner regarding FFCRA – AmericanHort as part of the NCAE executive committee
leadership co-signs this letter to Commissioner Rettig urging a change to guidance regarding sick leave for income tax purposes for the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA) as it relates to H-2A workers.  View Letter