Kentucky Legislature Overturns Governors Tax Veto

A significant tax reform measure that contains a new 6% sales tax on 17 services including landscaping and snow removal was approved late last week when the Kentucky legislature overrode the veto of Governor Bevin. The outcome was the end of a series of questionable governance actions executed by Kentucky legislative leaders in pursuit of the bill’s passage. The measure was introduced less than two weeks before its passage and it was rushed through both chambers of the state’s legislature without ever receiving a public hearing. Continue reading

Posted in Legislation & Regulation | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Kentucky Legislature Overturns Governors Tax Veto

Congressional Hearings Include H-2B Questions

Congressional hearings last week offered the first opportunity for members of Congress to seek answers regarding how quickly the administration is likely to act on their authority to authorize additional H-2B visas. Both the Senate and House held Appropriation Subcommittee meetings that featured testimony from the two Secretaries with jurisdictional oversight of the H-2B program. The House hearing featured DHS Secretary Kirsten Nielsen while the Senate meeting’s key witness was DoL Secretary Alex Acosta. Continue reading

Posted in Legislation & Regulation | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Congressional Hearings Include H-2B Questions

FARM Bill Introduced in House

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee introduced the text of H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”). Introduction of the measure was initially expected in February, however House Democrats expressed concern over reforms to the current federal food stamp program and the bill was held back by the Committee Chair Mark Conaway (R-TX) to allow for opportunities to negotiate alternative language. However, it became increasingly clear that no compromise could be reached and so the bill was introduced as originally drafted.  Continue reading

Posted in Legislation & Regulation | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on FARM Bill Introduced in House

Hit Us with Your Best Shot – Landscape Professionals at Work Photo Contest

Example Photo

Help inspire others to be a part of the landscape profession by sharing photos of your team members at work. Selected photos will be used to show students and job-seekers about the outstanding professional opportunities that await them in our field. So hit us with your best shot – and help us demonstrate the passion, professionalism, and beauty that is pervasive in this industry. The photo contest is open through April 30th.  Two winners will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. Continue reading

Posted in Landscape Careers, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hit Us with Your Best Shot – Landscape Professionals at Work Photo Contest

Great Sales Pros Get Referrals

What makes a great landscape or lawn care sales or account manager?  According to Marty Grunder, of Grunder Landscaping, who led the NALP Sales Bootcamp events recently in Philadelphia and Dallas, there are five Strategic things that good sales pros have in common. Continue reading

Posted in Business Advice & Stories, Sales & Marketing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Great Sales Pros Get Referrals

RightPlantz.com: New Web Platform to Help Home Gardeners

Have you ever watched people wander around a nursery or garden center skimming plant tags trying to figure out which flowers, plants and trees would be best for their yard? You often get the feeling that they’ll be buying the wrong plants and putting them in the wrong places in their yard.  Continue reading

Posted in Industry News | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on RightPlantz.com: New Web Platform to Help Home Gardeners

President Signs Omnibus Bill that Includes H-2B Cap-Relief Language

Last week, President Trump signed into law the 2018 Omnibus budget bill. Included in that measure was language that COULD provide substantive cap-relief for this year. We say could because the language agreed to by Congress is the same language that they settled upon last year; the cap-relief language grants discretion to the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue additional visas up to the historic maximum number that were issued in a single year when a returning worker exemption was in place. That means that DHS now has the authority to issue another 60,000 plus visas. The question now is will they do it, and if so, how quickly will they act. Continue reading

Posted in Legislation & Regulation | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on President Signs Omnibus Bill that Includes H-2B Cap-Relief Language

The Label Is Always the Law

The continued legalization of cannabis and hemp in many states is proving to be a conundrum to regulatory agencies nationwide.  Since both plants are listed by the federal government as Schedule 1 narcotics, there are no federally registered pesticides that are labeled for use by growers in states where cannabis is legal. That said, any product used as a pesticide must conform to established regulations.  In Oregon, a pesticide producer was fined by the state for failing to disclose the presence of the insecticide/miticide abamectin in a product labeled as all natural.  In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Health suspended the license of a medical marijuana grower when tests detected the presence of the insecticide bifenthrin.  Neither abamectin or bifenthrin has cannabis listed as a crop on their labels. Continue reading

Posted in Legislation & Regulation | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on The Label Is Always the Law

California Judge Bans Commonly Used Pesticides

Last week’s Advocate noted the injunction issued by a federal judge in California that temporarily halted the state from designating the popular herbicide glyphosate as cancer-causing.  This week, a state judge issued a ruling saying the state must stop using a wide variety of pesticides: Continue reading

Posted in Legislation & Regulation | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on California Judge Bans Commonly Used Pesticides