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

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Fireworks at Massachusetts Public Hearing

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

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H-2B Action Needed: It’s Not Too Late!

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

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NALP Member News – Week of March 4, 2018


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.

If you are an NALP member with major company news to share, please send it to kate@landscapeprofessionals.org

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Seasonal Labor Crisis Looms Large

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

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Pesticide Application Safety Work Group in Washington State

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

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Sun Valley Landscaping Hosts a Landscape Career Day Event

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

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3 “Can’t-Miss” SEO Trends to Implement in 2018

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

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EPA Extends Neonic Comment Period

In part, due to pressure from NALP and other industry stakeholders the EPA has granted a 60-day extension to the current neonicotinoid benefits assessment open comment period. Comments must now be submitted by April 21, 2018.  This additional time will allow landscape professionals to more fully respond to the content and approach reflected in the EPA’s documents. Continue reading

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NALP Leaders Meet with DHS

A photo provided by NALP member Shayne Newman as part of his H-2B cap impact story.

Last week, a group of NALP leaders and other stakeholders met with senior staff at DHS to stress the critical need for H-2B cap relief. The meeting was the latest step in a continuing dialogue that NALP has established with key administrative personnel to call for short term cap relief as well as a permanent fix to the issues related to the current cap. The DHS staff members were presented with firsthand accounts from representatives of some of our country’s premier landscape service providers, and over 50 pages of H-2B cap impact stories provided to us by NALP members. Continue reading

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