All events below will be held at the Conrad Washington DC hotel unless otherwise noted below.
Tuesday, February 15
10:00 AM — 6:00 PM | Registration/Information Desk
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM | Lunch
12:30 PM — 1:00 PM | Lunch Speaker: Benefits of the H-2B Program
David Bier, The Cato Institute
David J. Bier is a research fellow with a focus on immigration at the Cato Institute. He is an expert on legal immigration, border security, and interior enforcement.
Bier’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, and many other print and online publications. The U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal appeals courts have cited his research and writing. Bier has testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.
Bier will go in depth on the value of the H-2B guest worker program for seasonal businesses and he will also discuss the positive economic impacts during a time with a severe worker shortage.
1:00 PM — 1:30 PM | Lobbying Landscape H-2B Reform
Cristina Antelo, Ferox Strategies; Lynn Jaquez; CJ Lake
Can we get a permanent fix this Congress? Is the returning worker exception a viable solution? Is the appropriations path the only way forward? What are the political hurdles that must be overcome?
Join two of Washington’s most savvy political insiders with decades of experience lobbying immigration and both Democratic and Republican leadership as we discuss the path forward on H-2B reform in the 117th Congress.
1:30 PM — 2:00 PM | Accessing the Supplemental H-2B Cap- What You Need to Know; and What about the Northern Triangle?
Arnulfo Hinojosa, FEWA; Bill Carlson, The Palladium Group
With record high H-2B demand what can we expect for a supplemental cap this year and what does your company need to understand to give yourself the best chance of accessing the supplemental cap. This session will focus on time, numbers and procedures while also taking a closer look at the Northern Triangle countries and why your business should consider requesting workers from these countries.
2:00 PM — 2:15 PM | Break
2:15 PM — 2:45 PM | Protecting Responsible Pesticide Policies
Dudley Hoskins, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Bob Mann, NALP; Megan Provost, Responsible Industry for Sound Environment (RISE)
Attacks against the Federal Fungicide Rodenticide and Insecticide Act (FIFRA) to dismantle the regulatory framework our industry continue. As an industry we need to do a better job telling our story about integrated pest management and the benefits of having tools available to better protect the environment. As we gear up for a Farm Bill cycle in 2023 now is the time to continue to talk about the lawn and landscape industry as we are promoters of healthy green spaces.
Join industry experts with experience within the industry, the Administration and on Capitol Hill as they set the table for what lies ahead and how you can make a difference with your continued advocacy on these topics.
2:45 PM — 3:30 PM | Voices for Healthy Green Spaces- Creating a Community of Advocates
DDC ; Lisa Stryker, NALP
This January NALP launched Voices for Healthy Green Spaces our new digital advocacy platform to better engage landscape professionals, their customers and anyone interested in protecting green spaces. This platform is NALPs new tool to help change the discussion and harness our grassroots to effect policies that impact your business.
Join experts that assisted in creating the platform as they walk through why this platform is unique, who we are targeting and how it can be used impact policy.
3:30 PM — 4:15 PM | Gas to Electric
Speakers TBD; Moderated by Andrew Bray, NALP
In December, California passed a policy that will ban the sale of virtually all non zero emission landscape equipment beginning in 2024. Since then, we have seen a proliferation of gas-powered leaf blower and equipment bans being debated throughout the U.S.
Join a panel of industry experts to learn what is coming next, what are the difficulties with this transition, what is the industry position moving forward, and how can we advocate at the Federal level to ease this transition for landscape professionals.
4:15 PM — 4:30 PM | Break
4:30 PM — 5:30 PM | Wrap Up and Issue Briefing Tie-In
The NALP government relations team will wrap up the day by reviewing the NALP priority issues and briefing materials. NALP will go through each issue and review the talking points and briefing materials to ensure you are comfortable with the messaging.
NALP will also review the logistics for the meetings tomorrow and new policies and procedures in place on Capitol Hill. Lastly, you will be broken into your state delegations so that schedules can be closely reviewed and that everyone understands their role and who they will be participating with.
5:30 PM — 7:00 PM | Networking Reception
Wednesday, February 16
6:00 AM — 8:00 AM | Registration/Information Desk
7:30 AM — 8:30 AM | Breakfast
Breakfast Speaker: Politics and Partisanship, What's Wrong with Capitol Hill
David Crow, DCLRS
Join Washington DC insider David Crow as he provides an overview of the political landscape in the 117th and how partisanship has never been more decisive in the 117th Congress. Crow will equip you with some political foresight prior to embarking on your meetings that will help you understand the nuances of the politics and make you a more informed advocate.
Last Minute Reminders & Questions
8:30 AM — 9:00 AM | Transportation to Capitol Hill
9:00 AM — 3:00 PM | Capitol Hill Visits
12:00 PM — 1:00 PM | Lunch