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News & Press: Press Release

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Keynote Impact Washington Summit

Wednesday, September 4, 2019  
Posted by: Terri Brown

For Immediate Release
September 4, 2019
Mary Beth Cowardin
Vice President Marketing & Member


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to Keynote
Impact Washington Summit


Columbus, OH – AmericanHort is pleased to announce today the inclusion of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as a keynote speaker for the 2019 Impact Washington Summit.  Taking place September 16-18 in Washington, D.C., the summit will unite leaders across the green industry to hear from dynamic speakers about the issues facing the industry along with educating Congress on our challenges and priorities.

“Secretary Perdue is a steadfast champion of agriculture community both in the President’s cabinet and on the world stage,” said Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Research.  “His tireless advocacy for horticulture and his depth of knowledge make his presence a fantastic addition to this year’s already exciting Impact Washington Summit.”

Additional speakers include:

Andrew Wheeler, Administrator – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Daniel Garza, President – The LIBRE Initiative

Laurie Flanagan, Chair of the H-2B Workforce Coalition – on behalf of AmericanHort

Lynn Jacquez, Managing Partner – CJ Lake, LLC

Legislative and regulatory priorities at the Impact Washington Summit will center around workforce and transportation issues, research funding and implementation, and business and marketplace regulation.  These issues are of critical importance to horticultural businesses across the nation.

For more information on the 2019 Impact Washington Summit, visit:



About AmericanHort

Green industry businesses perform better, grow faster and prepare for the future as a member of AmericanHort, the green industry’s leading association. With a rich history of serving horticultural professionals, AmericanHort supports nearly 14,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers, and all of those who are part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry's production, wholesale, retail, and landscape service components have annual sales of $196 billion, and sustain over 1.6 million full- and part-time jobs.


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