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Month: February 2017

Safety Advice from Winning Companies

April 15 is the deadline to participate in the Safety Recognition Awards. Author Rod Dickens talked with two winners of the Best of the Best safety recognition awards to see what they are doing right when it comes to safety at their companies. The Raimondi Horticultural Group in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ, has won the Best of […]

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4 Factors That Shape Your Insurance Risk Profile

Author, Drew Garcia, with Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, is the program director for NALP’s Workers’ Compensation Program.  Ever wonder why your insurance rates high when your competitors are low? There are reasons for that including, frequency of claims, severity of claims, experience rating, average claim cost incurred, operations, trends, loss ratio etc. If you evaluate your […]

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This Week's State Legislative Roundup

In the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, the city council recently introduced a resolution calling on state legislators to repeal or amend a state law that prevents municipalities from regulating the use of pesticides themselves. In Utah, the House of Representatives approved HB 280, legislation preempting local governments from regulating fertilizer, pesticides and seed. The […]

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Betsy Demoret, Retiring After 25 Years

If you’ve been to an NALP, PLANET, or PLCAA event in the last 25 years, then you have definitely seen or been helped by Betsy Demoret.  With a big smile and lots of energy, Betsy has been a bit of a “den mother” to many staff and members. She loves to stay behind the scenes, […]

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House Agriculture Committee Approves Two Pesticide Related Bills

Last week, two pesticide-related bills supported by NALP and other industry stakeholders sailed through the House Agriculture Committee.  The committee passed both bills by voice vote in the first 10 minutes of the Committee meeting, and provided renewed hope that Congress will take much needed action to help ease the current regulatory burdens related to […]

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How to Get the Job When You Aren't the Lowest Bidder

Author Marty Grunder, consultant, speaker, and owner of Grunder Landscaping, one of the largest firms in the Midwest, gives his advice on making the sale when you aren’t the lowest bid. Catch Marty at his NALP Sales Boot Camps in Baltimore and Charlotte the week of March 27, 2017.  Of all the questions I get […]

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BYU Provo Prepares for NCLC

                  For first-time attendees at this year’s National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) at BYU Provo, March 15-18, the event promises to be an eye-opener for students and industry members alike. “I competed in the late nineties while a student at Penn State University,” said NCLC Chair Kory […]

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What's Going on in State Governments This Week?

Every year, there is a frenetic level of state legislative activity, and most of it occurs between January and June. This is because a vast majority of state legislatures are part time in nature. Amazingly, despite the relatively short time that they are in session, our nation’s state legislators introduce over 150,000 bills annually, and […]

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NALP Advocacy Heavily Focused on H-2B Fix

NALP continues to aggressively advocate for the need to address significant problems in the H-2B guest worker program. We understand the crucial need that H-2B serves for many of our members who rely on a dependable seasonal workforce. In January, NALP staff met with over a dozen legislative offices to discuss H-2B and the immediate […]

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NALP on the Road Shooting Career Videos

We are on the road again, this time in Florida shooting videos for our new career-focused website, LandscapeIndustryCareers.org which will launch in March. We are creating a series of video designed to encourage students and other job seekers to explore careers as landscape professionals. We filmed last week with dozens of professionals who graciously shared their time […]

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