Portland, Maine Ordinance Passes

Last week on a 9-0 vote, the City Council in Portland, Maine approved an ordinance that will prohibit the use of all synthetic pesticides on both public and private property beginning July 1, 2018. This ordinance follows a similar one passed in neighboring South Portland. For landscape professionals, this means that only products that are listed by the EPA as minimum risk and permitted by the USDA’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances can be used. Use of synthetic pesticides on golf courses that have attained sanctuary status through Audubon International, sports fields owned by the city, rights-of way maintained by the city as well as treatment for certain invasive insects of shade trees are still permitted. Continue reading

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Trump to End Salvadoran Worker Protected Status

The Trump administration has canceled the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them vulnerable to deportation, according to a Department of Homeland Security announcement sent to lawmakers Monday. The administration will notify the Salvadorans they have until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave the United States or find a new way to obtain legal residency. Continue reading

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Most Recent Companies to Pledge Financial Support to the Industry Growth Initiative

Thank you to the most recent companies to pledge support to NALP’s Industry Growth Initiative, enabling industry efforts to grow the industry and its workforce. Continue reading

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Share Your Safety Stories and Win

Share the creative, unique ways that you incorporate safety into your daily routine at the office and be entered to win an Apple Watch! Run an annual fitness competition at the office? Do a creative team stretching routine? Have creative ways to track and share your “no accident” record with staff? We would love to hear your stories!

The National Association of Landscape Professionals in partnership with Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, is launching the year-long #NALPSafe campaign to share the creative ways that companies work on safety with their employees.  We will be sharing your ideas all year.

How to participate: 

  • Write a story, film a short video- around 1:30 or take a picture of the creative way you incorporate safety into the workplace.
    • Example: Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, had a creative way to get their whole office walking each day. Check out their #NALPSafe story.

  • Submit your entry by email to marketing@landscapeprofessionals.org or post to social media on your own outlets using #NALPSafe or post to the NALP Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag your post – #NALPSafe.
  •  Submissions will be accepted until February 28th, 2018. The best and most innovative safety stories will be chosen to win at the end of the competition.

The #NALPSafe safety education campaign is sponsored by NALP in partnership with Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc. We can’t wait to hear your #NALPSafe stories.

 

In partnership with Ranch Mesa Insurance Services, Inc. 

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EPA Releases Pesticide Assessments

The EPA released preliminary ecological and human health risk assessments for a number of pesticides including clothianidin, thiamethoxam and dinotefuran insecticides.  The agency also released a preliminary ecological risk assessment for imidacloprid.  Previously, pollinator-only risk assessments were released for these pesticides earlier this year and  in 2016.  Continue reading

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The Best Landscape Business Resources You Aren’t Using

They might be the best kept secrets, but we don’t want them to be. Here are our staff picks for the top five NALP resources that NALP member companies can be using now.

Customizable Employee Handbook 

It’s hard to stay on top of all the latest HR rules and policies. Luckily, we’ve made it easy by providing a customizable employee handbook.  Just add your logo, review and tailor the information for your needs and it is ready to go.  It is available for download in the HR section of the member center. Continue reading

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First Half of H-2B Cap Hit

On December 21, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the 33,000 cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018 was reached on December 15. This means that with extremely limited exceptions seasonal businesses who petitioned USCIS for workers with a start date after December 15 and before April 1, will not get their H-2B workers. The announcement comes almost a month earlier than the first half cap was reached last year. We expect that many companies could also be shut out of the second half cap, which begins on April 1. Continue reading

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Top Blog Posts of 2017

What, 2017 is over already? We hope NALP helped deliver a few light bulb moments this year that helped propel your business.  Here are the top 5 blog posts from Landscape Industry Essentials in 2017.

Top 5 Landscapes Sales Tips that Work –  Marty Grunder, consultant, speaker, and owner of Grunder Landscaping, shares gives his advice on making the sale when you aren’t the lowest bid. Continue reading

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Congress Delivers on Promised Tax Reform Christmas Gift

Congressional Republicans delivered on their goal of passing a major tax reform bill, and now the measure goes to President Trump who has indicated plans to immediately sign the bill into law once it is enrolled and formally presented. The President has said on numerous occasions that he wanted the bill finalized in time for him to deliver tax reform as an early Christmas gift to American families, and it looks like he will be able to deliver on that pledge. House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement late last week to resolve policy differences between the two chambers. Continue reading

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Landscape and Lawn Care Companies Light up the Holidays

Goldberg & Rodler, Inc.

Would it surprise you to learn that 25% of the member companies of the National Association of Landscape Professionals do Christmas lighting and decor for their commercial and residential clients? For all of the landscapes pros who have been hard at work this season – thank you for making the holidays shine brighter!  Here are a few of photos of members work this holiday season. Continue reading

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