Legislation & Regulation

How YardApes Survived Not Getting its Returning H-2B Workers

Like a lot of landscape business owners, Shayne Newman, owner of YardApes, a full-service design, construction and maintenance company, was significantly impacted by the lack of visas to come through the H-2B program this past year. Of the 66,000 available, he didn’t get a single one—and he admits he was unprepared for it to be […]

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NALP Showcases Landscape Industry Careers at the White House

NALP was chosen, along with five other associations, to attend the Our Pledge to America’s Workers event yesterday at the White House. At the exclusive event with President Donald Trump, NALP reiterated its commitment to grow landscape industry careers. It also shared its plans to expand training opportunities for more than 150,000 people over the next five […]

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Senate and House Agriculture Committee Leaders Meet to Discuss Farm Bill

Last Thursday, Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership met officially for the first time to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill, prior to full Conference Committee discussions.  Leadership of the Committees that met include   Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. […]

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U.S. House of Representatives Adjourns for August Recess; Meet with your legislators in your district!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned for their annual August recess.  The August recess is a critical in-district work period, especially in an election year.  The Senate will have an abbreviated August recess, currently scheduled for the first full week of August before returning to D.C. to handle confirmation hearings.  This is an […]

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EPA Publishes Risk Assessments for Altrazine, Propazine and Simazine

On Thursday July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published Registration Review; Draft Human Health Risk Assessments for Atrazine, Propazine, and Simazine and Draft Cumulative Human Health Risk Assessment for the Triazines (Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine); Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.  The publication serves as the draft human health risk assessment (DRA) to support the Registration […]

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H-2B Returning Worker Exemption Provision Included in House DHS Appropriations Bill

On Wednesday July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill along party lines (29-22), the bill included an amendment that would exempt returning workers from the H-2B statutorily mandated cap.  The amendment was strongly endorsed by NALP and the H-2B Coalition as a legitimate […]

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NALP Forms H2B Advisory Committee

With the continuing challenges brought by the H-2B guest worker program and long-term systemic changes needed in the operation of the visa program, NALP has created an advisory committee to oversee the association’s strategic leadership of this policy priority. The leadership team includes: Tim Portland, Chair (Yellowstone) Bob Grover (Pacific Landscape Management) Shayne Newman (Yard […]

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USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap

As previously announced, USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. In the first five business days of filing, USCIS received petitions for more beneficiaries than […]

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House Negotiating Immigration and the DACA Program

NALP is closely monitoring House negotiations related to immigration and the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides legal status to so-called dreamers, kids who were brought to the United States illegally as children. House Republican leaders have been meeting with competing factions within the party in an effort to […]

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Questions Regarding Neonicotinioid Insecticides 

Recently, the twenty-eight member states of the European Union voted to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid insecticides, expanding upon a ban initially put into place in 2013. While this ban is only in effect in some areas overseas, it is possible you may receive questions as a result. NALP is committed to educating landscape professionals, customers and the general public about […]

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