Congress Acts to Avoid Government Shutdown; NALP Continues to Urge Cap-Relief

Last week, Congress passed a temporary spending bill, or continuing resolution, to fund the federal government through December 22.  Over the next two weeks, lawmakers hope to negotiate the terms of a larger spending bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal 2018, which runs through September 30, 2018.   Continue reading

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NALP Attends the Quarterly Meeting of the Massachusetts Pesticide Board

NALP VP of Government Relations Paul Mendelsohn traveled to Boston this past week to join Director of State and Local Government Relations Bob Mann in attending the quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Pesticide Board.  Topics covered in the meeting included the announcement of those who will form the new Pesticide Advocacy Council, including our own Bob Mann.  Continue reading

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NALP Presents at 2017 National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention

On Wednesday, December 6, Martha Hill, member of the NALP Workforce Development Committee, presented to high school educators about Growing Careers in the Landscape Industry at the National Association of Agricultural Educators Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.  The secondary school educators in attendance were exposed to NALP’s careers website, www.LandscapeIndustryCareers.org, as well as the National Association of Landscape Professional’s homepage, and the National Collegiate Landscape Competition site.  Continue reading

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Top 7 Reasons to Attend Leaders Forum

Do you really need seven reasons to attend Leaders Forum, the top executive learning experience for Lawn Care and Landscape CEOs, Owners, and Managers? Not when it is at the all inclusive Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, January 25-27. Act fast, the early discount pricing ends – Friday, December 12, 2017. Continue reading

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Potential Restrictions for Insecticides in Massachusetts

Massachusetts State House

In Massachusetts, a bill that would restrict the use of neonicotinoid insecticides such as imidacloprid has been favorably voted out of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. Continue reading

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Funding for Pesticide Review

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment released its FY 18 bill and has requested continued funding for the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). This request is necessary because the current Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA) expires in 2017, and attempts to extend the act are being held up due by several democrats who serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee.  Continue reading

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Work Unplugged: 3 Ways Brain Rest Leads to Greater Productivity

Article author Mark Borrasso is a Success Coach at LandOpt, an NALP Consultant Member firm.

As you read this, you have the world at your fingertips. With the availability of tablets, smartphones, and increasingly portable computers, instantaneous access to information is the highest it has ever been in human history. Your brain, the storehouse for that information influx, constantly stands at the ready to sort through it all and make sense of it. Research consistently shows technology has done and will continue to do much to contribute to the evolution of the human brain. Continue reading

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Member Action Still Needed on H-2B

 

NALP thanks our many members who reached out to their Representatives and asked them to sign a bipartisan letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The letter included the signatures of 65 Members of Congress. If your Representative signed the letter, please follow up and say thank you.

To get cap relief signed into law, however, our Congressional outreach must continue.  Right now, we have a golden opportunity for you to directly connect with your members of Congress. All Senators and Representatives will be in their home states through November 27.  Please call or visit in person with your Senators and Representatives at their district offices.  Phone calls and visits to the district office while your elected officials are home will help amply our message that we need 2018 cap relief now! Continue reading

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Here’s What a Few Landscape Pros Are Grateful For

This Thanksgiving reminds us of how grateful we are to work for such amazing professionals in the landscape industry who are making our communities better places and creating career opportunities for their employees. When you look back at 2017 what are you most thankful for? We asked NALP members and here are a few of their responses.

Some of the Seasonal Solutions team awaiting the Solar Eclipse in their special glasses and t-shirts.

“Looking back on 2017 we are thankful first to the people that work so hard pushing this company to new milestones. While there is always more work to be done we have built a great team around a foundation of company culture, clear mission and values to live by based on integrity, personal growth and legendary client services. We work hard to make our company a place people want to work and the result has been more tenured people, a stronger management team, little turnover, happy clients and a margin to fuel growth and push our planned direction. We remain optimistic for our companies future and the increasing professionalism of our industry.” Continue reading

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YardApes Annual Fundraiser Raises $10,000 for Local Charity

Shayne Newman, (right) founder and host of  the YardApes’ Quad-Am Golf Classic presents a check to Diane Swanson, (left) Director of Pratt Nature Center.

YardApes of New Milford, Connecticut, held their 12th annual Quad-Am Golf Classic on Tuesday September 12th, 2017. The Golf Classic benefited The Pratt Nature Center, a local 205-acre wildlife preserve and educational center.  The Pratt Nature Center’s mission is “to stimulate a lifelong responsibility for and joy in the natural world by encouraging people to experience themselves as part of nature, dependent on the Earth’s resources.” The YardApes Quad-Am Golf Classic donated $10,000 to The Pratt Nature Center and $66,00 in total to area nonprofits since its start in late 2006.  Continue reading

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