Issues We're Taking to the Hill
Stable and Legal Workforce
While the Trump Administration could act to improve the situation confronting horticulture industry employers, some of the needed policy fixes depend on Congress passing legislation.
As September arrives, opportunity could be borne out of the threat posed by immigration enforcement-only bills. Our task will be to educate lawmakers on the essential need for reforms that stabilize our current workforce, provide better visa program options, and bring clarity and integrity to the hiring process.
Discussions led by: Lynn Jacquez, Esq., CJ Lake LLC | Laurie Flanagan, DCLRS and H-2B Workforce Coalition | Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort
Horticultural Research & Innovation
We will prepare you to go to Capitol Hill to discuss the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI), a unique three-way research partnership involving the Agricultural Research Service, the horticulture industry, and university scientists. FNRI invests about $4.6 million in relevant research each year. The administration’s budget proposal would have eliminated FNRI, but the House Appropriations Committee instead voted to increase FNRI funding. We’ll ask Congress to protect and grow this vital program.
The 2018 Farm Bill is also taking shape, and we’ll focus on three important programs that drive horticultural research and innovation – the Specialty Crop Research Initiative, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, and the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program.
Discussions led by: Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort | Harvey Cotten, Board Advisor, HRI
Congress wants to tackle tax reform this fall. And just about everyone would like a simpler and fairer tax code. But as with so many things in life, the devil is in the details. And some of the details – like cash accounting for nurseries – are mighty important. We’ll brief you on the latest developments and top tax reform considerations for horticulture.
Discussions led by: Brian Kuehl, K-Coe Isom | Ken Fisher, AmericanHort