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"If you're not informed, it's your own fault."

ANLA and SAF have done a yeoman’s job of keeping green industry firms informed of what is happening in Washington in terms of the effects of mid-term elections and the critical regulatory and legislative issues facing nursery/floral businesses today. Be sure to check out the Washington Impact section (click here) of the ANLA Knowledge Center and the latest SAF analysis of the effects of mid-term elections on your business (click here). As the saying goes, what you don’t know, can hurt you.

Pawlow to address water management issues

COLLEGE STATION — Jonathan R. “Jon” Pawlow will be the Distinguished Lecturer for the eighth Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University on Oct. 27. His topic will be “Emerging Water Resources Issues — What are the Trends? What are the Policy options?” Pawlow is counsel for the water resources and environment subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He is responsible for matters within the subcommittee’s jurisdiction relating to water pollution control and water infrastructure, wetlands, hazardous waste cleanup, and… Read More →

Effects of health care reform

Much attenti0n has been placed on the recent health care reform legislation. Here is a short compilation of resources that will help in determining business-level impacts: How the Health Care Law Affects Your Business (NY Times) Health Care Refrom and You (SAF) Summary of Coverage Provisions (Kaiser) Health Care Bill Passed (Urbanomics) Health Care Reform Offers Benefits and Drawbacks (Garden Center)

ANLA Legislative Update

The recent signing of health care reform legislation has brought a renewed national focus on events here in Washington, DC. With a shift in Congress’ attention, ANLA’s government relations team looks to several key issues, and threats, for our industry. Click here to view video updates on immigration reform, health care reform legislation, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and the National Tree Planting Program.

Seeley Conference keynote discusses cap & trade

Dr. Robert Stavins, who is Director of Harvard’s Environmental Economics program and the opening keynote speaker for this year’s Seeley Conference (June 27-29 in Ithaca, NY) provides the following perspective on the future of cap & trade legislation: In a recent article in the New York Times, John Broder asks “Why did cap-and-trade die?” and responds that “it was done in by the weak economy, the Wall Street meltdown, determined industry opposition and its own complexity.”  Mr. Broder’s analysis is concise and insightful, and I recommend it to… Read More →

More info to factor into your voting decisions

The 2008 ANLA/Lighthouse Voter Guide is a non-partisan, informational guide that spells out the voting records for representatives and senators on green-industry issues, and a review of “industry champions.” The Lighthouse Program is the nursery and landscape industry’s national grassroots program. The program is a partnership between state and regional nursery/landscape associations and ANLA.

The other side of the coin

With the news full of failing banks, dried-up credit and falling stock markets, it’s no shock that people are afraid about what’s ahead, entrepreneurs included. And yet even in the midst of all this, the opportunities ahead are bright for green businesses providing renewable energy. In a recent post, I outlined the non-financial sections of the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008” fully expressing my frustrations. But there are always two sides of every coin. Perhaps the silver lining in the “bailout cloud” was an extension and expansion… Read More →

Farm Bill Side-by-Side Comparison

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, which governs Federal farm programs for 2008-12, was enacted into law in July 2008. ERS’ side-by-side comparison of this new Farm Act with previous legislation is now available (click here). Summarized but substantive, this comparison is a time-saving reference on farm bill provisions. Title X deals specifically with horticultural crops.