Use the NALP Action Center to Contact Legislators

NALP is aggressively pursuing legislative fixes for our key advocacy issues; H-2B permanent cap relief and Pesticide Regulatory reform.

But we need your help NOW, before a looming September 30 deadline.  September 30, marks the end of the fiscal year for the government and Congress is required to pass 12 appropriations bills to keep the federal government funded and running.  Continue reading

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Telling the Story of Landscape Career Paths

We want to tell the story of the the amazing careers anyone can have in the landscape industry.

NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative is doing just that in a new national media campaign. We’ll be pitching stories to media such as:

  • Does Your High School Graduate Need to Go To a 4-Year College?
  • 10 Unusual College Majors That Pay Off
  • Why Millennials Don’t Want a Typical Office Job
  • All in the Family: Local Company Finds Hometown Success.

 

We need your help telling these stories. Contact Missy Henriksen if you can share any stories like the following:

  • Successful landscape professionals who opted out of college and trained on the job,
  • Advice/testimonials from young professionals who pursued an education in horticulture and are now successful landscape professionals,
  • Testimonials from young millennials working in the industry, or
  • Companies who are family-run and have found hometown success regionally.

 

 

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Senate and House Agriculture Committee Leaders Meet to Discuss Farm Bill

Last Thursday, Senate and House Agriculture Committee leadership met officially for the first time to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill, prior to full Conference Committee discussions.  Leadership of the Committees that met include   Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Members Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).   A full conference meeting including all the conferees will occur at a later date, likely not until September after the August recess.  Staffers on both Agriculture committees and for all the conferees will be busy working toward reconciling the two version of the farm bill in August and NALP will stay heavily engaged in the process; advocating for the inclusion of the critical pesticide preemption language in the final Farm Bill.

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U.S. House of Representatives Adjourns for August Recess; Meet with your legislators in your district!

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned for their annual August recess.  The August recess is a critical in-district work period, especially in an election year.  The Senate will have an abbreviated August recess, currently scheduled for the first full week of August before returning to D.C. to handle confirmation hearings.  This is an opportune time for NALP members to continue to engage your legislators when they are back in your district. Continue reading

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EPA Publishes Risk Assessments for Altrazine, Propazine and Simazine

On Thursday July 26, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published Registration Review; Draft Human Health Risk Assessments for Atrazine, Propazine, and Simazine and Draft Cumulative Human Health Risk Assessment for the Triazines (Atrazine, Propazine, Simazine); Notice of Availability in the Federal Register.  The publication serves as the draft human health risk assessment (DRA) to support the Registration Review for atrazine. Propazine, simazine, and the cumulative risk assessment (CRA) for all of the chlorotriazine herbicides are addressed in separate documents.  Initial conclusions include  Continue reading

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H-2B Returning Worker Exemption Provision Included in House DHS Appropriations Bill

On Wednesday July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill along party lines (29-22), the bill included an amendment that would exempt returning workers from the H-2B statutorily mandated cap.  The amendment was strongly endorsed by NALP and the H-2B Coalition as a legitimate fix to the ongoing H-2B problem. Continue reading

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2018 Advocacy, Community Partnership and Environmental Stewardship Awards

In keeping with its history of honoring a commitment to professionalism in the landscape industry, the National Association of Landscape Professionals has named its 2018 Advocacy, Community Partnership and Environmental Stewardship Award winners. Honorees include the following.

Jeff Fedorchak, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at TruGreen, received the 2018 Advocacy Award for his work managing NALP’s Public Affairs Advisory Council, his work on Pesticide Preemption as well as his tireless focus on state and local regulatory issues. Continue reading

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Advocating on Capitol Hill this Week

It seemed fitting that when our buses pulled up in front of the Capitol this week with more than 100 landscape and lawn care professionals headed out for our annual industry Day on the Hill, that the sprinklers were on in the early morning, working to keep the lawn in front of the Capitol looking its best. Continue reading

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Renewal and Remembrance in Its 22nd Year

It was sweltering hot on Monday, July 16,  as 400 volunteers headed to Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery for the 22nd Renewal & Remembrance volunteer day of service. Continue reading

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How Mobile-First Technologies Revolutionized the Way I Do Business

By Cheryl Steelberg, Bruce Wilson & Co.

In tech-dense Austin, the cloud is king. Native Land Design’s Ben Collinsworth talks about how technology drives his business and how it can transform yours.

How do you stay on top of emerging technology?
Austin is an innovative tech hub and expectations are high. When everyone in our business community is competing to out-perform and out-deliver, the one who wins is the one who’s more aerodynamic.  That’s what tech does for us. It streamlines our ability to be more purposeful and more efficient. And, because our market is so competitive, we invest in training so no one gets left behind. Continue reading

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