As a consumer, we all have minimum expectations from the companies we do business with. But, attaining minimum expectations is not what makes us continue business. At the Account Manager Excellence workshop in Atlanta, Georgia, Ken Thomas and Ben Gandy of Envisor Consulting explained it is the “Extra Mile Service” landscape and lawn care companies provide that fosters loyal and happy customers. Continue reading
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
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
Last Thursday, NALP was present at a public hearing held by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources as the agency began the process of renewing local electric utility Eversource’s five-year Vegetative Management Plan for rights-of-way maintenance. [from here link to blog post with the following text:] Under Massachusetts regulations, the public is invited to submit both oral and written comments as MDAR considers the application. Not surprisingly, attendees that spoke were overwhelmingly and vociferously against the use of pesticides, glyphosate especially. Continue reading
Last week, the Department of Homeland Security added insult to injury when they unexpectedly announced that they had secretly conducted a lottery to determine which H-2B applicants would receive their workers. This unprecedented move is devastating and adds further confusion to what is already an extremely problematic situation. Continue reading
On March 2, 2018 Connie Hom, President of Buckingham Greenery was awarded the Master Entrepreneur of the Year at the Metropolitan Business League Annual Awards event.
Chris Senske of Senske Services was recently awarded the Sam Volpentest Entrepreneurial Leadership Award presented by the Richland, Washington Rotary.
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Last week, many NALP members received devastating news. They were informed by the Department of Labor that they would not receive the H-2B workers they were counting on. This year, due to an unprecedented volume of applications, over 60% of seasonal businesses were unsuccessful in getting workers through the H-2B program. The pending seasonal labor crisis we have been warning Congress and the administration about has now gone from a possibility to a reality. Continue reading
Written by: Heather Hansen of Washington Friends of Farms & Forests
What began as the most onerous anti-pesticide bill before the Washington State Legislature in decades, now creates a work group to study pesticide application safety. Agricultural organizations in Washington went from opposed to support as the bill was amended. Continue reading
Paul Fraynd, CEO and Partner at Sun Valley Landscaping presenting to students at Beveridge Magnet Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska
Sun Valley Landscaping of Omaha, Nebraska, recently held a Landscape Career Day event at Beveridge Magnet Middle School. Using materials from NALP’s Landscape Career Day planning guide the Sun Valley Team introduced 180 seventh grade students to the wide range of careers available in the landscape industry. Continue reading
Author, Alain Parcan, director of marketing for Market Hardware, Inc., and NALP consultant, contributed this article.
When today’s customers are looking up products and services, it’s no secret Google is the number one option. Therefore, it is easy to see why business owners are desperately seeking the right answers when trying to solve the mystery of Page One ranking on Google.
In 2018, more and more landscape professionals will reap the benefits of their SEO efforts by staying up-to-date on current trends. Reaching your target audience relies on your ability to produce relevant content and optimize your Website based on current best practices. Here are three trends to keep in mind when setting up your SEO strategy. Continue reading