Month: April 2016

States Taking Action on Pollinator Issues

The 2016 state legislative cycle has been marked by a significant number of states examining the issue of pollinator health. Multiple states have already established Pollinator Protection Task Forces, announced plans to release studies on issues impacting pollinator health, or considered legislation designed to protect our nation’s pollinator population. As many states look to conclude […]

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Do's and Don'ts for Meeting with Legislators

Meeting in person with elected officials and/or legislative staff is the most effective means of political advocacy. Here are some important “do’s” and “don’ts” to ensure that your lobbying meeting is successful and effective.

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WOTUS Opposition Suffers Setbacks

Last Thursday, a federal appeals court stood by its decision that challenges to the Obama administration’s controversial water rule belong with it, rather than having to first go through district courts. The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied petitions, NALP and other industry groups, states, and property rights activists opposing the Waters of […]

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New H-2B Lobbying Efforts

NALP and its allies are diligently working to gain Congressional support for much needed H-2B relief.  As part of our lobbying effort, the H-2B Workforce Coalition, which is co-chaired by NALP, has turned to Representative Billy Long (R-MO) who has agreed to circulate a letter to House DHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Carter and Ranking Member […]

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10 Steps to Better Cash Flow

Most businesses monitor cash pretty closely but everyone seems to have their own system. NALP Consultant member, Monica Muir, discussed this and more in her NALP webinar QuickBooks Tools and Strategies for Better Cash Flow.  The webinar is now available in the archives. Here are Monica’s 10 ways to help you monitor and/or improve cash flow. 1.Monitor […]

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States Abuzz with Pollinator Protection Measures

Protecting pollinators such as honey bees and monarch butterflies has been a popular topic in state legislatures nationwide this year. According to information posted by the Pollinator Stewardship Council, 25 states either have already created or are developing a Managed Pollinator Protection Plan. Many of these plans follow the guidelines for Pollinator Protection issued last […]

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First 5 Things Foreman Should Look at When Evaluating a Site

Damion Draeger, Landscape Horticulture Instructor at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, provides pointers about the first things foreman should consider on a job site. He will cover a lot more ground in his two-part webinar series Summing Up Landscape Math, April 21 & 28, 2016. His tips for foremen include: Equipment Access- Think about your equipment […]

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Pesticide Ban Moves Forward in South Portland Maine

The South Portland Maine City Council unanimously approved a first reading of a pesticide ban that would limit what chemicals landscape professionals can use to control lawn and garden pests in the city. The ordinance would apply to city property starting May 1, 2017, and broaden to private property May 1, 2018. It would be […]

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NALP-PAC Board of Directors Announced

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Political Action Committee (NALP-PAC) has announced its Board who will serve as ambassadors for the PAC and help to better educate industry professionals about the importance of effective advocacy and the role that a PAC serves. In addition, the Board will help set fundraising strategy, identify candidates, committees and […]

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6 Things Successful Account Managers Do

In NALP’s Become the Ultimate Account Manager virtual conference, Phil Harwood of Pro-Motion Consulting, Inc. shared some of the secrets of successful account managers. He says they should: Develop and expand relationships with prospective and current customers with their long-term value in mind – not just short term sales goes Set sales and renewal goals […]

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