AmericanHort Commends Ruling That Horticulture is an Agricultural Commodity

COLUMBUS, OH – (November 20, 2020) – AmericanHort released the following statement after the Department of Transportation issued an Interim Final Rule announcing that horticulture is specifically included in the definition of agricultural commodity as it pertains to transportation:

“We are very pleased with the clarification of the agricultural commodity definition,” said Tal Coley, Director of Government Affairs. “Plants are highly perishable products in transit. Officials at FMCSA, with assistance from USDA, got this right and should be commended. This is a sound government measure that will provide clarity to commercial drivers in our industry and enforcement officers alike. We would also like to thank Rep. Austin Scott and Rep. Kurt Schrader on their bipartisan efforts to elevate this issue in Congress.”

Amending the agricultural commodity definition for transportation has been a key legislative priority for AmericanHort, as it was uncertain in the original definition as to which industries were specifically included. In turn, this created confusion around certain elements of Hours of Service regulations. The agency now states that it considers sod, flowers, ornamentals, seedlings, shrubs, live trees, and Christmas trees, within the scope of the definition. For more information, read FCMSA’s Interim Final Rule.

AmericanHort Announces New Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs

AmericanHort is pleased to announce the arrival of Sara Neagu-Reed, effective April 11, as Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs. She joins the Washington, DC-based advocacy team working alongside Craig Regelbrugge, Executive Vice President-Advocacy, Research, and Industry Relations; and Evan Lee, Director of Policy, and Government Relations.

Additional H-2B Visas Authorizations Available April 1

Additional H-2B Visas Authorizations Available April 1 Department of Homeland Security Announced Today AmericanHort welcomes today’s announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that 35,000 supplemental H-2B visas will be made available for employers with seasonal needs beginning April 1.