Plants and managed landscapes deliver benefits to local economies as well as human health and well-being. But successful plant production and use often depends on the availability of water, nutrients, and pest management tools. To that end, AmericanHort supports a science-based framework governing access to these critical inputs, while leading the way on developing and instituting industry-wide best management practices and sustainable management technologies. Our priorities include:
Federal laws administered by the Environmental Protection Agency govern pesticide registration and worker protection. We believe that policies and decisions on these critically important subjects must be made and implemented following best available scientific research.
AmericanHort and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) foundation believe in the potential for industry-wide adoption of best management practices (BMPs) for pest management, pollinator health, and protection of the environment. We will continue efforts to advance these BMPs with stakeholders in the business community and throughout the government.
The IR-4 Project develops data to facilitate regulatory approval of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops, including environmental horticulture crops, to promote public health and well-being. Funding for the IR-4 Project has remained flat for many years at $11.9M annually. Coupled with rising research costs and service fees, IR-4’s impact is diminishing. From 2016-2018, the number of field trials has decreased 21% in the Environmental Horticulture Program alone. We support increasing IR-4’s budget by $8M annually to restore and expand its capacity to better protect horticulture crops from devastating pests.