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TAG: Issue Brief

Issue Brief: Science shouldn’t be politicized

September 10, 2018By

Attempts by some lawmakers to apply political solutions to questions of science is a disturbing trend impacting the green industry. In the U.S., we have a scientific, legal and administrative framework to evaluate pesticides for safety and effectiveness. Before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants or renews registration to a product, extensive research is conducted so we can be confident... read more

Issue Brief: Renew and remember

July 18, 2018By

Each July, members of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) head to the sacred grounds of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for NALP’s Renewal & Remembrance event. Hundreds of volunteers, many of them families, fan out across the cemetery to apply lime, core aerate lawn areas, install irrigation, plant flowers and cable, brace and trim trees. Those who have... read more

Issue Brief: Pesticide preemption

May 15, 2018By

Our ability to control pests on our customers’ properties rests upon a very thin tightrope known as pesticide preemption. This preemption means that in 46 states, only the state government can regulate pesticides, providing us with a single, uniform set of rules to follow. In the absence of preemption, antipesticide advocates are mobilizing and using scare tactics to unfairly malign... read more

Issue Brief: Local politics matter

March 19, 2018By

In my line of work, I attend a lot of hearings—state legislatures, city councils, county commissions and everything in between. Recently, I traveled to Florida where a county commission was deciding whether to impose fertilizer application blackout dates during much of the growing season. The science is on our side; the judicious use of fertilizer on turfgrass is a net... read more

Issue Brief: 2018 predictions

January 22, 2018By

Looking into government relations for the upcoming year, we see the ripple effects of the election of President Donald Trump working their way through the regulatory state. If your business relies on the H-2B seasonal guest-worker program, you can anticipate much more competition for the 66,000 available visas. We continue to work for visa cap relief in 2018, but Congress... read more

Issue Brief: Workforce efforts

November 8, 2017By

It may at times seem like there’s no help in sight for the chronic workforce shortage that most industry companies face. But many groups and associations have been working on state and local initiatives to help attract new workers to the industry. In October, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) hosted 40 executives from industry trade associations across the... read more