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2024 and Beyond

Not sure what 2024 will bring in terms of recession and consumer confidence levels, laws and regulations that impact that industry or even extreme weather? Our experts read the tea leaves to help you prepare. The Economy You only have to skim recent headlines to see the constant coverage of an impending slowdown or a […]

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NALP Hosts Advocacy Field Trip

On Sept. 7, 2023, the National Association of Landscape Professionals hosted staff members of the EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and USDA to show how lawn care companies safely and effectively apply products to stop invasive species and maintain the health of our green spaces. Bob Mann, senior director of regulatory and technical affairs […]

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NALP Members Participate in Farm Bill Fly-In 

NALP hosted its first Legislative Day of the year on May 9 -10 to advocate during the Farm Bill cycle with around 40 attendees.   The Farm Bill is an omnibus piece of legislation that runs on an approximate five-year cycle, addressing a wide spectrum of issues that touch upon agriculture. Issues surrounding pesticide policy and […]

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What the 2022 Mid-Term Elections Mean for the Landscape Industry

The 2022 mid-terms came and went on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and unfortunately, the results are still not yet final for control of either of the House or the Senate in the 118th Congress. Going into this election, pundits were beginning to predict that we could see a massive wave election like in 1994 and 2010 […]

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DHS to Release Nearly 65,000 Additional H-2B Visas for Fiscal Year 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Department of Labor (DOL), will be issuing a regulation that will make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023. These visas are in addition to the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally allocated each fiscal year. DHS hopes that […]

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NALP and Lawn Care Companies Partner to Boost State Advocacy Efforts

Advocacy is one of the key focuses of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. While there are a lot of matters being fought for at the federal level, some of the toughest battles are at the state and local levels. These misinformed and misguided policies can seriously impact lawn care companies and threaten their businesses. […]

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Landscape Professionals Lobby for Change During H-2B Fly-In

On June 8, 80 landscape professionals from 18 different states headed to Capitol Hill to carry the H-2B reform message and share their stories. This fly-in was hosted by NALP in collaboration with Seasonal Employment Alliance, the Federation of Employers and Workers of America and AmericanHort to push for H-2B reform this summer as there […]

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Highlights of H-2B with Andrew Bray: Season 2, Episode 51 of Growing in the Green Industry Podcast

In season 2, episode 51 of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus at Include Software and Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape talk with Andrew Bray, VP of government relations for NALP. Bray is a government relations professional with over 15 years of legislative, regulatory, campaign and legal experience. As vice president […]

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Government Relations 2021 Recap

As the year comes to an end, we would like to share with you some of the challenges we faced this past year, our wins, our losses, and our continuing battles. We know that because of the pandemic we have had to adjust to different advocating methods and the limitation of in-person events and meetings.  I […]

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Five Key Advocacy Areas NALP Is Focused On

During LANDSCAPES 2021, Andrew Bray, NALP’s VP of government relations, provided an update on a number of advocacy topics that impact the lawn and landscape industry. If you missed this presentation, here are the five key topics Bray covered and the main takeaways. CARB The California Air and Resource Board (CARB) released a proposed regulation […]

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