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Landscape Professionals Lobby for Change During H-2B Fly-In

On June 8, 80 landscape professionals from 18 different states headed to Capitol Hill to carry the H-2B reform message and share their stories. This fly-in was hosted by NALP in collaboration with Seasonal Employment Alliance, the Federation of Employers and Workers of America and AmericanHort to push for H-2B reform this summer as there […]

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NALP Members Lobby During February Legislative Days

NALP’s Legislative Days were to be held in person this year, but COVID restrictions in Washington D.C. and on the Hill led to the switch to a virtual event. Despite the change to virtual, More than120 industry professionals took part. “I think it makes sense, especially during COVID, to transition over and we had more […]

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Department of Homeland Security Will Release Additional Visas for First Half of the Fiscal Year

On Monday, December 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced that they will be releasing an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the first half of the fiscal year, which begins October 1 and ends March 30. Of the 20,000 visas, 6,500 will be carved out for Northern Triangle countries (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and also […]

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Five Key Advocacy Areas NALP Is Focused On

During LANDSCAPES 2021, Andrew Bray, NALP’s VP of government relations, provided an update on a number of advocacy topics that impact the lawn and landscape industry. If you missed this presentation, here are the five key topics Bray covered and the main takeaways. CARB The California Air and Resource Board (CARB) released a proposed regulation […]

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NALP members met with Rep. Billy Long, (R-MO) as part of the Virtual Legislative Days.

NALP’s First Virtual Legislative Days Made a Big Impact

Our first virtual Legislative Days drew to a close on Friday afternoon, June 25, with over 130 meetings between elected officials and their staffs and NALP members. Conversations focused on supporting the recently introduced H-2B returning worker exemption bill, HR 3897 introduced by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and by bipartisan co-sponsors. Staff members on the […]

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DHS to Release 22,000 Supplemental H-2B Visas

Last night, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor reached a deal to release 22,000 supplemental H-2B visas. These additional visas are a result of the discretionary authority granted to DHS by Congress in the FY 21 Appropriations. The official rule has not been published and many details remain unknown with regards to the […]

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Ideal Landscape Group Moves Away From H-2B Usage and Focuses on Culture

Ideal Landscape Group, based in St. Louis, Missouri, has been using the H-2B program for close to 15 years. The company typically requests 45 visas. In 2019, only 25 percent or less of the companies in the St. Louis area that use the H-2B program received their workers. “We were fortunate enough to get them,” […]

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President Trump Suspends H-2B Program through 2020

On Monday, June 22, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order to further limit the entry of immigrants into the United States. The Executive Order extends the April 22 Order which suspended entry of immigrants into the U.S. and expands the scope of the Order to also suspend temporary guest worker programs until the end […]

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How North Point Outdoors Handles Cash Flow & Labor Challenges

During his transition from high school to college, Andrew Pelkey started mowing residential lawns to help make ends meet. By his sophomore year, he had around 40 or 50 residential lawn accounts and decided to leave school to pursue landscaping full-time. By the end of year two, he was running a landscape and snow plow […]

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Timberline Landscaping continues to deal with labor force issues.

NALP Member Timberline Landscaping Talks About Continuing to Battle Labor Force Challenges

Joshua Pool, chief operations officer of Timberline Landscaping, says he has always been one to gravitate toward the outdoors. Growing up in Central Kansas, Pool admits he loved playing in the dirt and being outside as often as he possibly could. After working with a local landscape company during his last year of high school, […]

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