The Players – Capitol Hill Report
With a new administration and a new Congress, AmericanHort's Craig Regelbrugge is busy in Washington, D.C. keeping up with the ever-changing political landscape on Capitol Hill. Regulatory relief, major infrastructure spending, tax cuts and reform, and health care are all areas of great concern. But the issue of greatest uncertainty and anxiety in the coming year will be labor. Craig advocates for horticulture every day on Capitol Hill, protects our industry's interests and educates us. He will provide an insiders view of what we may expect from Capitol Hill, the players to watch, and the issues affect our industry the most.
Craig Regelbrugge serves as AmericanHort’s senior vice president, where he is responsible for industry advocacy and research programs. AmericanHort is the national trade organization representing the horticulture industry, including nursery and greenhouse growers, garden retail, interior, and exterior landscape professionals, and others in the plant supply chain. The mission of AmericanHort is to unite, promote, and advance our industry through advocacy, collaboration, connectivity, education, market development, and research.
Regelbrugge serves in national leadership positions representing the horticulture industry on matters relating to the labor force, plant health, and trade. He co-chairs the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform, a broad-based coalition seeking legislation to ensure a stable and legal agricultural workforce, and is chairman of the board of the National Immigration Forum Action Fund. He also serves on the executive committee of the National Council of Agricultural Employers, and chairs NCAE’s Immigration Committee.
Regelbrugge received his undergraduate degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech, and he worked in the retail nursery industry and served as a county horticultural extension agent in Virginia before joining the trade association community in December, 1989.
He is a frequent presenter, author, and spokesperson on topics relating to the workforce and immigration, production, trade, and environmental issues impacting farmers and small businesses in and serving the horticulture industry.