Farm Bill Defeated in House

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (the “Farm Bill”) by a vote of ( 198 – 213).  An odd coalition of all House Democrats and 30 members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus led to the defeat. Democrats opposed revisions to the federal food stamp program while the Republicans were hoping to force the Speaker to bring a immigration bill to the floor for a vote.

The legislation, sponsored by House Judiciary chairman Goodlatte, would address all four areas of immigration reform being sought by the President – address DACA, end chain migration, establish merit based immigration, and provide wall funding. The Goodlatte bill would also require e-verify for all new employees and replace the H-2A guest worker program with the new H-2C category which would also include dairy workers, seafood processors and other non-crop related agricultural work categories. Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Zoysia

What a weird sight! This lawn is beyond brown but has something green growing in the middle of it!

This is Zoysia; of if you’re into calling grasses by their Latin names, Zoysia japonica (impress your family and friends with that nugget of information). Where does it come from and how did it get there? Continue reading

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How to Grow Your Landscape Business Quickly

Bob Grover shares insights on how his Oregon company has nearly doubled in size over the past three years, giving attendees a glimpse of what they’ll see and learn when touring Pacific Landscape Management in August.

Pacific Landscape Management in Portland, Oregon, has nearly doubled in size over the last three years. No acquisitions have been necessary. All of the growth has been organic. “We’ve had a great run,” says Bob Grover, owner and president. “I give a little credit to the economy and a lot of credit to my team.” Continue reading

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H-2B Relief Still an Unknown

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security transmitted a proposed H-2B related rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review. This is an important first step in our quest for H-2B cap-relief. However, the nature of the rule has still not been made public. We are working with our Champions of Capitol Hill to learn more. This week, DHS Secretary Nielsen is scheduled to testify before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. During the hearing, several of our Senate supporters are prepared to ask questions about the proposed rule and timing of its implementation. We know that many of you are struggling right now and are counting on the administration authorizing additional visas. We continue to aggressively work on your behalf and will relay any developments on cap-relief as soon as additional information is known.

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Congress to Take Up Farm Bill

This week, the House will begin debating H.R. 2, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The measure is an important opportunity for landscape professionals to gain greater certainty in regulatory decisions related to pesticide use. The House Bill contains language that: Continue reading

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4 Powerful Ways to Educate Your Customers

Article Author Mike Eisenhuth, is a Success Coach for LandOpt, an NALP Consultant Member firm.

Imagine you are seeking a contractor to do work on your house. What qualities, features and attributes will you look for in this service provider? What questions will you ask? As a consumer, you want to ensure the best investment of your hard-earned money. The same is true for customers of your business. Continue reading

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It’s About Time- Technology Can Make Safety Training More Efficient and Effective

Article Author Olivia McMurrey, member of the NALP Safety and Risk Management Committee 

As safety training at many landscape companies has become more in-depth – to better protect workers and to satisfy OSHA expectations – it is demanding more of managers’ time, and keeping track of all the physical paperwork is challenging.

Bryce Christianson, founder and managing member of Titan Sitework Contracting in Anchorage, Alaska, recently made solving this problem his priority. The answer, he says, lies in learning-management software, or LMS. Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Stemming and Seedheads

You’ve fertilized, applied crabgrass control, sprayed weeds, and instructed your customer on how to water and mow their lawn.  On your last visit, the lawn was screaming green, the best in the neighborhood.  Today, the customer calls and says that their lawn is ruined, you’re responsible and that they’re going to sue you, report you to the Better Business Bureau, have you run out of town on a rail and even have your library card revoked.  What happened? Continue reading

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National Safety Stand-Down: Help Prevent Falls in the Workplace

In recognition of the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls, NALP would like to remind our members and other green industry employers to observe these fall prevention safety tips:  Continue reading

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States Move to Protect Consumer Interests

The attorneys general in several states are stepping up their efforts to fill “the void left by the Trump Administration’s pullback of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).” They expressed initial concerns in December when the President announced the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as CFPB interim director. Continue reading

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