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2014 Head Grower of the Year Ivan Tchakarov: An Enthusiastic Leader

December 31, 1969
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From humble beginnings, Ivan Tchakarov reached his current role as Metrolina Greenhouses’ director of growing through years of hard work and dedication. Full Story >>

Watch onDemand - Neonicotinoids: Cutting Through the Clutter

September 05, 2014
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In this video presentation, Joe presents the facts as research has demonstrated them and how to use the neonics effectively and responsibly with minimal non-target effects. Full Story >>

Vertical Farming: Maybe Not So Crazy?

September 05, 2014
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My boss and Acres Online Editor Chris Beytes, a self-described vertical farming skeptic, recently ventured out to FarmedHere in Chicago’s southern suburbs to tour the facility and ask some tough questions. Full Story >>

September 2014 Pesticide Report Released

September 04, 2014
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The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) released its September 2014 report.
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Western’s 1st Field Day at Greenleaf Nursery Co. Oct 16

September 20, 2014
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Western’s 1st Field Day at Greenleaf Nursery Co. Oct 16 in partnership with KNLA, MLNA, ONLA, NNLA & INLA Full Story >>

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

October 29, 2014
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Small, nonfarm businesses in 13 Oklahoma counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Enhance Greenhouse Production With Diffuse Light

October 29, 2014
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A lot of research has been underway to find the optimal conditions for plants' growth in greenhouses, be it the constructionof the greenhouse itself, the materials that are used or the impacts on the climate.  One key aspect is the usage of diffuse light.  If certain factors are considered, diffuse light brings a lot of benefits as opposed to direct light. Full Story >>

10 Agricultural Jobs That Didn't Exist 25 Years Ago

October 29, 2014
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Seedstock.com recently published a list of 10 agricultural jobs that didn’t exist 25 years ago, about half of which are controlled environment agricultural professions. Full Story >>

How To Get The Digital Generation Into The Garden: Garden Media’s Guide To Marketing To Millennials

October 29, 2014
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Millenials, the digitally obsessed, socially charged generation that loves to indulge in selfies and Instagram filters, are emerging in the world of gardening, too. Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Offers Condensed Principles of Horticulture Course

October 29, 2014
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OSU-OKC is offering an 8-week condensed "Principles of Horticulture' Course. Full Story >>

Electronic Filing Announced for H-2A and H-2B Visa

October 29, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Labor is announcing the implementation of electronic filing in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs. . . Full Story >>

Avoiding H-2A Application Processing Delays

October 25, 2012
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A recent report from the US GAO shows that over 90% of employer applications for H-2A workers were approved in 2011, but some employers experienced processing delays.  This report shares information and recommendations on these delays and could assist you in avoiding such delays.

 

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SNA 2014 Award Winner Announced

October 24, 2014
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The 2014 SNA Awards were presented at the SNA Annual Business Meeting, on Thursday, July  24, 2014, during SNA 2014.
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Listen Closely (to Cedar Valley Nurseries)

October 24, 2014
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Increased customer interaction and attentive listening put Cedar Valley Nurseries on a more streamlined track.

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Dukes Honored With Excellence in Education Award

October 24, 2014
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The Irrigation Foundation has named Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, CID, of the University of Florida, the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Education Award. Full Story >>

All-America Selections Announces Landscape Design Contest Winners

October 22, 2014
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All-America Selections (AAS) has announced the winners of its third annual landscape design contest. Full Story >>

Big Federal Grant Awarded to Help Tackle Rose Rosette Disease

October 22, 2014
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The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced nearly $4.6 million in funding to manage, mitigate, and solve the devastating garden rose pathogen known as rose rosette disease (RRD).

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AmericanHort Calls for Stronger Coordinated Response Against Plum Pox Virus

October 22, 2014
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Plum Pox Virus (PPV) is a devastating pathogen with the potential to decimate peach, plum, and other stone fruit crops. Full Story >>

Green Roofs: Patterns and Practices

October 22, 2014
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Landscape architects are increasingly taking advantage of the possibilities presented by green roof installations beyond their purely practical aspects.

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New Herbicides & Landscape Diseases Workshop Set for November 21 at OSU-Oklahoma City

October 22, 2014
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Category 3 Ornamental and Turf Winter Workshop will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at OSU-OKC.  "New Herbicides & Overview of Prevalent and New Landscape Diseases" is the topic of the workshop, which will offer 4 CEU Hours in 3a and 10. Full Story >>

Plants, Gardens Of The Future Will Be Radically Different, Grueber Says

October 22, 2014
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Garry Grueber of Cultivaris and Global Breadfruit commenced to blow the minds of everyone in his audience when he discussed what the future of horticulture may look like in 30 years. Full Story >>

Crew Management: Handling Your Most Valuable Asset

October 20, 2014
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I quickly discovered after taking a job with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department 13 years ago that managing the turf was going to be the “easy” part of my job. I had gone from a staff of two (including myself) to a staff of 14. Doesn’t seem that complicated, right? Full Story >>

Use Deals Like Groupon To Reach Customers From A Distance

October 17, 2014
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Very few independent garden centers are using "deal of the day"-type eMail promotions, such as Groupon, in their advertising.  However, some of the retailers that do use Groupon say that it has been successful for them.
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5 Steps To Simplify Spring Booking

October 17, 2014
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It’s time to plan for spring production. Where should you begin? There’s so much to think about, and so many factors to consider. Full Story >>

Harlan Hamernik (1936-2012)

October 17, 2012
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Harlan Hamernik, founder of Bluebird Nursery, Clarkson, Nebraska, passed away on October 15th. Full Story >>

Volunteers needed to help with Tornado Re-Leaf!

October 13, 2014
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On Saturday, November 8 the Tree Bank Foundation will plant mature trees to replace the thousands lost in the storms of last year. We need your help to get those trees planted! Full Story >>

Dr. Michael Dirr Returns to the 2015 Western

October 13, 2014
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Dr. Dirr and Bonnie Dirr have been dear friends of the Western for many years and will join friends & colleagues at the Western’s 125th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday evening January 3.  Full Story >>

Holiday Lighting...The Gift That Keeps on Giving

October 13, 2014
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In the holiday classic, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Chevy Chase nearly pulls his hair out trying to get his Christmas lights to work. He grows so desperate for a solution that he winds up checking each individual bulb, one by one, for a short circuit. Full Story >>

What You and Your Business Need to Know About Obamacare, Year 2

November 07, 2014
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For business owners, two things in life are certain: taxes and rising health care costs. The two become nearly interchangeable when new IRS Health Care Reporting requirements go into effect, starting in 2016. Full Story >>

How to upsell? Market well

November 07, 2014
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 It amazes me when fellow business owners get upset when one of their customers uses another company to perform a service they also offer. Full Story >>

Listen Up, Leaders: We Are All Millennials

November 07, 2014
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No doubt, Generation Y is poised to make a big impact on the world of work.  But are the supposed differences of the most tech-savvy generation in history all they are cracked up to be? Even more importantly, how will generational differences play out when it comes to leadership development, workplace culture and recruiting? Full Story >>

Everything You Need To Know About The Western

November 07, 2014
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The 2015 Western will be in Kansas City, returning to Downtown to Crown Center Exhibit Hall & the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center (formerly the Hyatt Regency). Full Story >>

Ash Dieback Disease Devastating Europe

November 07, 2012
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From Jeanetta Cooper (ODAFF):  Now we have an ash disease to watch for along with emerald ash borer. Full Story >>

New Standard for Landscape Irrigation

November 05, 2014
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The International Code Council and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers recently announced the release of a new ANSI consensus standard to classify sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, set uniform testing procedures, and establish minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components. 
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Collinsville FFA Chapter Benefits from ONLA Convention and Trade Show

November 05, 2014
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The Collinsville FFA chapter was very excited to be invited to volunteer at the Annual Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) Trade Show in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Full Story >>

AmericanHort Launches Initiative To Explore The Future Of Garden Retail

November 05, 2014
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The future of garden retail is being explored with a new initiative recently announced by AmericanHort. Full Story >>

November Pesticide Report Has Been Released

November 04, 2014
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The November Pesticide Report has been released. Full Story >>

ANLA Weighs in on Proposed USDA Plant Restrictions

November 30, 2011
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The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) has filed official comments on a recent USDA proposal to restrict importation of dozens of genera and species of plants from most parts of the world. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Gardening Show from October 25, 2014

November 03, 2014
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Oklahoma Gardening, the television show shown weekly on OETA, has a You Tube channel.  We are happy to share the videos from the show.

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Impatiens Downy Mildew: Is It Time Yet?

November 26, 2014
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A number of retailers recently asked me if they could start selling bedding impatiens again.  The number of complaints were way down.  The question in a nutshell was, 'Is it time yet?" Full Story >>

New OSHA Reporting Requirements Begin January 1, 2015

November 26, 2014
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Beginning January 1, 2015, there will be a change to what covered employers are required to report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Full Story >>

National Green Centre Learning Centers

November 26, 2012
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Join National Green Centre exhibitors at a series of Learning Centers offered during the convention.

Full Story >>

Is Your Landscaping Company Financially Responsible? 7 Tough Questions to Ask Yourself

November 25, 2013
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The poor economy of the last five years has taught most of us that it is extremely helpful to be financially sound when the cycle turns. Full Story >>

Expect Some Nursery Stock Shortages For Spring 2014

November 25, 2013
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A few retailers reported to Today’s Garden Center that they are having trouble sourcing some nursery stock for spring 2014, and nurseries confirm they are expecting some stock shortages in spring 2014. Full Story >>

2013 Oklahoma Turf Conference & Trade Show Dec 3rd & 4th – CEUs Have Been Approved!

November 25, 2013
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The 68th Oklahoma Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show will be held on December 3rd and 4th at the Watkins Center on the Campus of OSU in Stillwater, OK. Full Story >>

AmericanHort Statement on President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014
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On November 20, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration policy. The president's action will have substantial and mixed implications for the horticulture industry and the politics of immigration reform.   Full Story >>

Growers and Suppliers: Greenhouse Grower Needs Your Input

November 21, 2014
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Greenhouse Grower Magazine requests your input in their annual State Of The Industry Report in January. Full Story >>

Clover comeback? ‘Bee lawns’ gaining favor

November 19, 2014
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Turf grass may be an attractive ground cover for homeowners but it holds little appeal for pollinators.  Add some broadleaf plants with flowers to the mix, and it’s a different story: great forage for the birds and the bees. Lower maintenance, too.

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Peat Moss May Be In Short Supply This Year

November 19, 2014
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A SCPMA survey found that in Eastern Canada, which is the country’s largest peat producing region, the average harvest is around 65 percent, which is considerably below average in expected harvest volumes. Full Story >>

Dr. Charlie Hall Presents

November 19, 2014
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Dr. Charlie Hall presents "Charlie's Angle" for November 19th:  "They CAN Afford It!" Full Story >>

Pin It To Win It: Using Pinterest In Your Business

November 19, 2014
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As social media websites go, Pinterest certainly has consumers’ attention and time. It hit 10 million users faster than any site in history. Perhaps even more striking: Pinterest holds the number-two spot for referral traffic to websites (second only to Facebook) — even more than Twitter.
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JDLU Program to Kick Off CENTS 2015

November 17, 2014
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John Deere Landscape University (JDLU) will be open to professional landscape contractors the day before the show, January 6.

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Three Leading Scientific Societies Take an Objective Look at the Issues Associated with "Least Toxic Pesticides" Applied as a "Last Resort"

November 14, 2012
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Recommendations and decisions to use "least toxic pesticides" and "pesticides as a last resort" have flourished in the last decade, but according to three scientific organizations, these are not the correct approaches to the pesticide component of an Integrated Pest Management program. Full Story >>

Landscape Study Finds Positive Results

November 13, 2014
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A new study helps quantify the benefits of landscape work.  The results reinforce a common belief that a good landscape can increase the value of your home up to 15 percent. Full Story >>

ANLA and OFA Members Vote to Form New National Horticultural Trade Association

November 13, 2013
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OFA and ANLA merge:  The new trade association, named the American Horticulture Association, will be known as AmericanHort, and will begin operations by January 1, 2014. Full Story >>

UPDATE: White House Recommends Sourcing Insecticide-Free Plants In New Landscape Guidelines

November 12, 2014
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UPDATED:  The Obama Administration released an addendum to what it calls its pollinator-friendly landscape guidelines at the end of October, recommending that landscapers source only insecticide-free nursery stock. Full Story >>

OKC Harvest takes gardens to schools in Oklahoma City area

November 12, 2014
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Students are responding well to vegetable gardens at Tulakes Elementary in Northwest Oklahoma City. Full Story >>

2015 Grower Of The Year Awards Nominations Now Open

November 12, 2014
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Greenhouse Grower is proud to recognize outstanding greenhouse operations and excellent head growers with its Grower Of The Year award program. Full Story >>

Cost of Business Going Down in 2015!

November 12, 2014
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The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is pleased to announce that Oklahoma employers will see relief in their Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates in 2015. Full Story >>

Healthy Industry Predicted

November 12, 2014
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GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) business, which provides billions in financing to distributors and manufacturers, as well as lawn and garden dealers, is giving a healthy thumbs-up to the industry’s future. Full Story >>

4 Marketing Tasks You Can’t Ignore During the Off Season

November 12, 2014
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The landscaping busy season got its name for a reason.  There is so much grass to be cut and landscapes to be planted that other business tasks tend to fall by the wayside. Full Story >>

Salt Storage for the Snow Plow Contractor

November 12, 2014
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Salt is a hot commodity and valuable resource for combatting snow and ice. At the end of the 2013-2014 winter, it was difficult for many to get enough salt needed to treat their regions. This has left many buying salt even earlier than normal in preparation for the winter ahead. Full Story >>

Daylily Leafminer – First Detection in Oklahoma

November 11, 2013
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On August 1st, the first detection of the daylily leaf miner in Oklahoma was confirmed on daylily plants in a nursery in Tulsa. Full Story >>

Irrigating Crops on Demand

November 11, 2013
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Dr. Lou Anella, who spoke at our convention, has had an article published about the very same project that he shared with us.

Full Story >>

Western Trade Show - January 2014

November 11, 2013
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The Western Nursery & Landscape Association is excited to celebrate our roots with the 2014 Western Trade Show in Overland Park, Kansas. Full Story >>

November Pesticide Report

November 11, 2013
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The OSU Cooperative Extension Service has released its November Pesticide Report

Full Story >>

2014 Top 100 List Shows Growers Are Expanding

May 09, 2014
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Greenhouse Grower's annual Top 100 List ranks the largest greenhouse producers in the country by total square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouse space. Full Story >>

National Retail Federation Addresses Converns About EMV Chips

May 08, 2015
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In a story and video recently posted on the National Retail Federation (NRF)’s website, NRF senior vice president and general counsel Mallory Duncan talks about the new credit cards with EMV chips that banks continue to roll out, and how they are used. Full Story >>

Tulsa Mayor Bartlett Proclaims July 2013 as "Smart Irrigation Month"

May 08, 2013
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"Now, therefore, I, Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., Mayor of the City of Tulsa, do hereby proclaim July 2013 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the City of Tulsa." Full Story >>

World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm To Be Developed In Newark, N.J. (Greenhouse Grower)

May 07, 2015
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A former industrial site in the Ironbound community of Newark, N.J., will be redeveloped into the world’s largest indoor vertical farm.  The $30 million project was recently announced by RBH Group, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Prudential Financial Inc. and AeroFarms, in partnership with the City of Newark and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Full Story >>

H-2B Regulations: Bad as Feared (AmericanHort)

May 07, 2015
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Last week, the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Labor (DOL) jointly issued two H-2B regulations that became effective immediately – a final H-2B wage methodology rule and an interim final comprehensive H-2B rule. Full Story >>

8 Tips on Managing Credit Card Fraud

May 07, 2014
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In January I received a letter from my credit card company, telling me they were sending me a new credit card. Why? Because in December, I had shopped at Target.
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10 Tips to Overcome Spring Pressure

May 07, 2014
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Spring comes every year, and with it a seasonal surge that brings stress to landscape contracting businesses. Full Story >>

Industry Perspective: Systemic Insecticides and Bees: Are We Revisiting "Silent Spring"?

May 07, 2014
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Recently, there have been concerns associated with the potential direct and indirect effects of neonicotinoid systemic insecticides on bees. Full Story >>

2014 American Garden Award Contest Voting is Now Open To Public

May 07, 2014
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American Garden Award (AGA) is inviting the public to vote now in its 2014 contest.  OSU-OKC is a host of this program. Full Story >>

This Decrepit Lot is the Future Site of the World's Largest Urban Greenhouse

May 07, 2014
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It looks like a war zone, not the future of sustainable farming. Full Story >>

New Crape Myrtle Pest Hits Dallas Area

May 07, 2014
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Crape myrtle, a much used Texas landscape plant, is under threat from a new type of scale invader, said two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Full Story >>

New Mexico Japanese Beetle Quarantine

May 07, 2012
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Jeanetta Cooper of the Plant Protection Program (ODAFF Consumer Protection Services) shares information about this new quarantine.

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New Host of Boxwood Blight

May 07, 2012
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Japanese spurge, Pachysandra terminalis, has recently been identified as a new host of boxwood blight. Full Story >>

Taking It Public (Green Profit)

May 05, 2015
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75 million people visited public gardens across the U.S. last year.  Public Gardens and the horticulture industry can work hand in hand.  Todd Lasseigne, garden president and CEO of the Tulsa Botanic Garden, is a firm believer in partnerships with the nursery industry. “It’s a two-way street. The institution has to reach out to the nursery community and I believe the garden centers and nurseries have to reach out to their local botanical garden. At the end of the day if there is no communication it’s not going to happen.”  Full Story >>

May Pesticide Report Released

May 05, 2014
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The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has released it's May, 2014 report. Full Story >>

Change Is Good - You Go First!

May 30, 2014
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Change is often a really good thing. The curious thing to me is why we spend so much time resisting it. Full Story >>

Two ONLA Members Listed as GPN's

May 29, 2013
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Congratulations to Tara Tischauser of Guthrie Greenhouses and Jonathan Cude of Sedan Floral for being named two of GPN's "40 Under 40" for 2013!

 

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July 2014 is "Smart Irrigation Month" in the city of Tulsa

May 28, 2014
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Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. has declared July of 2014 "Smart Irrigation Month" in the City of Tulsa.

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

May 27, 2014
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Small, nonfarm businesses in 12 Oklahoma counties and neighboring counties in Kansas are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Full Story >>

Two Draft IA Position Statements Open for Member Comment

May 27, 2014
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The Irrigation Association’s Government Affairs Committee has released two draft position statements for member comment.  Submit Comments Through June 20.
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Why It's Time To Raise Your Prices

May 27, 2014
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Look around: The price of everything seems to be going up. Here are 5 reasons why it may be time to raise yours, too.

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ONLA Member Lavender Valley Acres: Outstanding Agritourism Attraction

May 24, 2013
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Congratulations to Lavender Valley Acres, the recipient of the RedBud Award for Outstanding Agritourism Attraction at the Annual RedBud Awards Program. Full Story >>

Making Plants More Defensive

May 21, 2014
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Researchers at the University of Missouri, including Scott Peck, recently identified a mechanism in plants that cues bacteria to attack the plants’ cells with harmful proteins. Full Story >>

Landscape Sales Up in 2013

May 21, 2014
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Financial information company Sageworks has published new data showing overall sales growth for landscape firms in 2013 Full Story >>

Philips and Green Sense Farms Tailor LED Grow Lights to Specific Crops

May 21, 2014
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Royal Philips, the global leader in lighting, has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-area commercial grower, to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights tailored to its specific crops. Full Story >>

Master Gardeners to Launch Junior Program in Oklahoma City

May 21, 2014
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The Oklahoma County Master Gardeners and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service will team up this summer to help take the mystery out of growing food that is healthy and available.
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Extension Centennial Documentary to Premiere on OETA

May 02, 2014
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The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) is marking its 100th anniversary with a special hour-long documentary premiering at 7 p.m., May 8 on OETA-TV.

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8 Things Truly Outstanding Leaders Do Without Thinking

May 02, 2014
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Once in a while you meet a leader who stands out--even in a room filled with skilled, experienced, successful people. She isn't just remarkably charismatic. He isn't just remarkably likeable. Full Story >>

Toxic Plants & Terrorism

May 19, 2014
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Recently the AmericanHort office in DC received an unexpected call from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fortunately, nobody was in trouble. Full Story >>

EPA Extends Deadline for Worker Protection Comments

May 19, 2014
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed significant revisions to its Worker Protection Standard (WPS) regulations, which apply to farming operations – including nurseries and greenhouses – that apply pesticides. Full Story >>

A Science-Based Protocol to Assess Plant Invasiveness

May 19, 2014
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To better understand the potential for a nursery plant to become invasive, the Horticultural Research Institute recently provided funding for a project to test an evaluation tool for the industry. Full Story >>

The Great Recession's Impact on Horticulture Evident in New Agriculture Census

May 19, 2014
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The USDA's National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently released the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Full Story >>

REAPing Energy Efficiency Grants

May 19, 2014
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USDA has announced $28.2 million in funding for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Full Story >>

USDA Releases Three Plant Varieties From Black Stem Rust Restrictions

May 15, 2013
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On May 13, USDA-APHIS proposed lifting the restrictions on the interstate movement of three Berberis thunbergii varieties. Full Story >>

USDA Announces Final Call for 2012 Census of Agriculture

May 13, 2013
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With the window to respond to the 2012 Census of Agriculture officially closing on May 31, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is urging farmers and ranchers not to miss this opportunity to be counted and help determine the future of farming in America. Full Story >>

Tell Senate To “Seize The Moment” On Immigration

May 13, 2013
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On May 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up S.744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The bill, a product of months of careful bipartisan negotiation, seeks to establish a 21st Century immigration system worthy of the United States of America.

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Fallin Proclaims July, 2013 "Smart Irrigation Month" in Oklahoma

May 01, 2013
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Governor Mary Fallin has proclaimed July of 2013 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the State of Oklahoma. Full Story >>

How To Prevent Leafy Gall Before You Lose Plants (Greenhouse Grower)

March 09, 2015
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Start clean to end clean is the ideal condition for plant propagation. But how can this be achieved when disease agents are present but undetected?

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Want To Avoid an IRS Audit? Avoid These 8 Red Flags (CNN Money)

March 09, 2015
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Budget cuts at the IRS may mean fewer audits this year. But that doesn’t mean everyone will get away scot-free.  While chances are low that your return will be targeted by the IRS, why put yourself at risk at all?

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3 Reasons Why Apologizing Hurts Your Business (Entrepreneur)

March 09, 2015
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When things go wrong in your business, do you apologize? I’m not so sure that you should -- at least not as much. Full Story >>

March Pesticide Report Released

March 09, 2015
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The March 2015 Pesticide Report has been released.  This month we learn about scorpion stings, an extinction plan for tumbleweeds and much more. Full Story >>

Proven Winners' $25,000 Scholarship Program

March 09, 2015
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In 2015, Proven Winners will award at least $25,000 in college scholarships to the next generation of industry leaders. Full Story >>

OSU-OKC Spring 2015 Career Fair is Seeking Businesses To Meet Students / Potential Employees

March 09, 2015
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The OSU-Oklahoma City Spring 2015 Career Fair is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 pm on April 2, 2015.  This opportunity to visit with students (potential employees) is currently open to businesses. Full Story >>

Seedling Truck Sales Throughout Oklahoma in March

March 07, 2014
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Oklahoma Forestry Services announces their tree sales throught the month of March. Full Story >>

Chain Saw Safety and Application Training Class

March 06, 2013
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Miner's Equipment and Truck Repair is hosting a free Chain Saw Safety and Application Training Class on Wednesday, March 27th from 7:30 to 2:30.  Class size is limited to the first 50 registrants. Full Story >>

EPA Details Worker Protection Changes

March 05, 2014
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On February 20, EPA release proposed changes to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that could make it more challenging for nursery and greenhouse growers and landscape companies to apply pesticides. Full Story >>

Horticultural Research Institute Accepting Scholarship Applications

March 04, 2013
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The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) is pleased to announce it is accepting scholarship applications for 2013. HRI will award $21,000 in student scholarships in 2013. Full Story >>

The Long View on Customer Loyalty

March 31, 2014
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It’s easy to say that we go the extra mile for our customers. But do we? Full Story >>

View Video That Was Shown at Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame Ceremony

March 28, 2014
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View the video that was shared during the 2014 Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame Ceremony on March 26, 2014.

Full Story >>

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

March 28, 2014
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Small, nonfarm businesses in 16 Oklahoma counties and neighboring counties in Kansas are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Full Story >>

AmericanHort Offers Spring Training for Sales

March 28, 2014
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AmericanHort presents Sell more & keep 'em coming back:  15-minute webinars for all staff levels Full Story >>

US Senators Introduce the Preserving America's Family Farm Act

March 26, 2012
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"U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) have introduced common sense legislation this week, the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act"

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$58 Million in APHIS Farm Bill Funding Will Support Horticulture Priorities (Greenhouse Grower)

March 25, 2015
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Nearly $58 million has been allocated by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to support the industry’s Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program, under Farm Bill Section 10007. Full Story >>

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed As Threat To White Fringetree (Science Daily)

March 25, 2015
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The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect pest from Asia that has killed millions of ash trees in the United States and Canada, is also attacking the white fringetree according to a new study. Full Story >>

Micro Irrigation Industry to Reach $8.13 Billion (Landscape Insider)

March 24, 2015
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A new market report says the Micro Irrigation Systems Market will reach $8.13 billion by 2020—a 16.2% jump from 2014.

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FRONT TO BACK: A Grand Entrance (Green Profit)

March 24, 2015
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From the parking lot of a strip mall, a customer can identify the entrances to individual stores. At many garden centers, however, the customer may encounter an “entrance” that spans the entire front of the exterior shopping area or, worse still, multiple entrances that later become multiple exits. Full Story >>

Do the Math: An Easy Path to Profitability

March 24, 2014
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Every successful business relies on accurate numbers. If you don’t have them right at the beginning, it’s certain you won’t see the revenue and profit numbers you’re expecting when the project is completed. Full Story >>

3 Tips for Hiring, Retaining Across Generations

March 24, 2014
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When Cam Marston spoke about "Four Generations: Workplace & Marketplace" last month at the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET’s) Great Escape in Anaheim, Calif., much of the talk skewed toward selling to multiple generations.
Full Story >>

What Clients Want In 2014

March 24, 2014
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As landscapers begin to start planning and designing outdoor living areas for clients in the spring, they should be aware of the top outdoor living trends for 2014. Full Story >>

The Biggest Mistake You're Making in Social Media

March 24, 2014
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Want to succeed in social media marketing? Odds are good you're missing your best opportunity to drive revenue. Full Story >>

Survey: Potential Turf and Ornamental Industry ACE (ESA)

March 23, 2015
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The Entomological Society of America (ESA), the organization responsible for the Handbook of Turfgrass Insect Pests, is considering developing a version of the popular Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) program for the turf and ornamental industry. Full Story >>

Preparing Your Point-of-Sale for EMV Payment Acceptance (TSYS Blog)

March 23, 2015
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Creating a new check-out experience for your business to accept chip cards and contactless transactions, like EMV and Apple PayTM involves providing customers access to interact with your credit card machine or reader. Full Story >>

A "Megadrought" Will Grip U.S. In The Coming Decades, NASA Researchers Say (Washington Post)

March 02, 2015
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The long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what’s coming: a “megadrought” that will grip that region and the central Plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says. Full Story >>

Sedan Floral Builds a Customer Base From Scratch

March 19, 2014
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The history of Sedan Floral is a cautionary tale followed by a growing success story. Full Story >>

5 Products To Attract Birds and Bird Lovers (Today's Garden Center)

March 18, 2015
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Bird watching is the fastest-growing outdoor activity in the U.S. According to a 2014 survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. More and more people are clearly taking up this hobby as a regular activity.
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Understanding Irrigation Water From A Nutritional Standpoint

March 17, 2014
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Water quality is a key factor affecting pH and nutritional management in container-grown crops. Full Story >>

Congratulations Rodd Moesel, Newest Inductee Into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame

March 17, 2014
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Rodd Moesel has been awarded the Oklahoma Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture (Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame). Full Story >>

How To Prepare For The Upcoming EWV Deadline (Today's Garden Center)

March 16, 2015
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Mark Oct. 1, 2015 on your calendars. According to MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover, come October 2015, if a customer presents you with an EMV chip-based card, you are supposed to be able to process it on an EMV device.
Full Story >>

If You Can't Beat 'Em: Third-Party Management Systems (Landscape Management)

March 16, 2015
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On a regional level, Giant Landscaping joins the third-party management game.  "It comes down to not being greedy.  If you're the guy out there paying for fuel, materials and labor, you need to be making money for that party of the job." Full Story >>

If You Can't Beat 'Em: Third-Party Management Systems (Landscape Management)

March 16, 2015
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On a regional level, Giant Landscaping joins the third-party management game.  "It comes down to not being greedy.  If you're the guy out there paying for fuel, materials and labor, you need to be making money for that party of the job." Full Story >>

Memoirs Of A Plantsman: Q&A With Allan Armitage (Greenhouse Grower)

March 16, 2015
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In light of the upcoming release of Dr. Allan Armitage’s memoir, “It’s Not Just About the Hat — The Unlikely Journey of a Plantsman,” Greenhouse Grower caught up with him for an in-depth Q & A about his newest work and what he’s planning next. Full Story >>

13 Ways To Market Your Business More Effectively [Steal This Idea] (Today's Garden Center)

March 16, 2015
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From Today’s Garden Center’s 2014 Steal This Idea issue, here are just a few suggestions on how to promote your business to the community, and hopefully draw new customers Full Story >>

Japanese Beetle Quarantine Update

March 11, 2013
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Colorado Department of Agriculture has made two changes to their Japanese beetle quarantine. Full Story >>

What Does The Sequester Mean for Our Industry?

March 11, 2013
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The broad, automatic federal spending cuts known as "sequestration" were never really intended to take effect. Yet, the deadline for Congress and the Obama Administration to replace them with a more surgical approach has come and gone. Full Story >>

Sneak Peek at 2012 Census of Agriculture Released

March 10, 2014
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On February 20, the USDA released its preliminary analysis of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. Full Story >>

H-2B Visa Cap Concerns Mount

March 10, 2014
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Users of the only legal visa program for seasonal, non-agricultural workers continue to have issues with onerous H-2B wage regulations and processing delays. Full Story >>

Pollinators and Pesticides: What’s Next for Neonicotinoids?

March 10, 2014
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Activist groups have continued and even expanded their efforts to ban the chemicals through picketing campaigns and working with elected officials who are sympathetic to their agenda. Full Story >>

ONLA Signs With 35 Industry Organizations On Letter to Senators Supporting 2013 Farm Bill

June 07, 2013
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ONLA has signed with 35 other industry organizations on a letter showing support for he 2013 Farm Bill, which will greatly affect our industry.

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How Does Your Town Measure Up Against America’s Prettiest?

June 06, 2014
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America in Bloom, with cooperating sponsorship from Home & Garden Showplace and Monrovia Nursery, announces an exciting new endeavor to encourage and recognize beautification efforts through a new annual photography contest. Full Story >>

April Home Construction Tops Million-Unit Rate on Multi-Family Surge

June 06, 2014
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Multifamily projects pushed the pace of new home construction in April to its highest level since November, according to a May 16 report from the Census Bureau. Full Story >>

Last Of Its Order

June 06, 2014
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Biologists believe Welwitschia mirabilis is the last of its genus on Earth.
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FY2015 Funds for Agriculture and EPA Frozen at 2014 Levels

June 06, 2014
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On May 19, horticultural research dodged a bullet.  A key House Appropriations subcommittee approved nearly $21 billion in discretionary spending for fiscal year 2015, approximately equal to 2014 funded levels. Full Story >>

Have You Ever Heard of a "Fomite"?

June 06, 2014
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Before May, I had never heard the word “fomite.” However, terms like fomite, natural host, conditional host, and conditional non-host were the focus of a three-day meeting held by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Full Story >>

IA Gears Up For Smart Irrigation Month Marketing Contest

June 06, 2014
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The Irrigation Association encourages the entire industry to promote the message of Smart Irrigation Month leading up to and during the month of July.

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July 2014 has been declared "Smart Irrigation Month" in OKC

June 05, 2014
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Mayor Mick Cornett has declared July of 2014 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the city of Oklahoma City. Full Story >>

June Pesticide Report Released

June 04, 2013
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The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has published their June Pesticide Report. Full Story >>

Supreme Court Settles Red River Rivalry

June 26, 2013
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The Red River, which forms most of the border between Oklahoma and Texas, was the subject of a high profile water rights case pitting the two states against each other. Full Story >>

Steal This Idea: Lecture Series Offers Educational and Marketing Opportunities

June 24, 2014
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Wallace’s Garden Center in Davenport, Iowa, offers basic gardening classes throughout the year. Wallace’s Kate Terrell explains why these talks engage their customers. Full Story >>

3 Water Garden Stores Engage With Digital Marketing

June 24, 2014
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For garden center retailers who specialize in water gardens, customer education about maintenance, plant selection and sanitation is critical.

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Nourishment for New Business Growth

June 24, 2014
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According to one business support specialist, big hurdles to business growth include the lack of a detailed planning system, expecting overnight success, and overlooking practical considerations that can quickly grow larger than your ability to deal with them.

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Governor Fallin Signs Proclamation Naming July 2014 "Smart Irrigation Month"

June 23, 2014
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July, 2014 has been proclaimed "Smart Irrigation Month" for the State of Oklahoma Full Story >>

Nominations Sought for The Don Shadow Award of Excellence

June 23, 2014
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Help SNA select the 2014 Don Shadow Award of Excellence recipient by nominating an industry member for this prestigious award. Full Story >>

Community Garden Planned for Salvation Army Center in OKC

June 20, 2014
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Construction of a community garden is set to begin at the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma's new Center of Hope. Full Story >>

Retailers Selling Castor Seeds And Rosary Pea Seeds Should Be Aware Of Suspicious Customer Activity

June 17, 2014
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The FBI's Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD) started an initiative to raise awareness among retailers of castor seeds and rosary pea seeds of suspicious activity that could represent illicit use of the seeds and its toxins, ricin and abrin. Full Story >>

Make Your Business Irresistable to New Owners

June 17, 2014
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You cannot sell a retail garden center or any business, for that matter, in a short period of time. It takes years of preparation. Full Story >>

April Building Materials Prices Swell For Fifth Month

June 17, 2014
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What do building materials prices, home sales and other construction data have to do with your landscape business?  Plenty!  Landscaping statistics follow construction statistics.  It is a great way to take a glance into the future.

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Citrus Industry to Nursery Industry: HELP! (Please)

June 16, 2014
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Citrus industry colleagues in Texas have reached out for help in their urgent search for orange jasmine plants, Murraya paniculata. Full Story >>

Encouraging News on Bee Health in the 2013-2014 Winter Loss

June 16, 2014
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In May, The USDA, in collaboration with the Bee Informed Partnership, reported the results of the 2013-14 bee colony winter loss survey. Full Story >>

Pollinator Update

June 16, 2014
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It is widely expected that the White House will make a policy announcement regarding pollinators the week of June 16, to correspond with National Pollinator Week. Full Story >>

H-2B Update

June 16, 2014
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On June 10, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies passed the fiscal 2015 appropriations measure for the Department of Labor and other agencies. Full Story >>

Mayor Cornett Declares July 2013 as Smart Irrigation Month

June 13, 2013
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Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett signed the declaration naming July, 2013 "Smart Irrigation Month".

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July is Smart Irrigation Month

June 13, 2012
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July is Smart Irrigation Month!  Smart Practices.  Smart Technology.  Smart Business.

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Ryan Lawn & Tree Acquires Reid Irrigation

July 09, 2014
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Ryan Lawn & Tree, an employee-owned company, has purchased Reid Irrigation, LLC. Full Story >>

OCES Pesticide Report for July Has Been Released

July 09, 2014
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The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service has released its July Pesticide Report. Full Story >>

Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship to Award $18,000 to Twelve Students at SNA

July 09, 2014
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The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund has announced the names of twelve students from eight southeastern universities chosen to receive academic scholarships this year. Full Story >>

New Prevailing Wage Data Available for H-2B Users

July 09, 2014
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The Office of Foreign Labor Certification has announced that the newest prevailing wage data from the Occupational Employment Survey (OES) as generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the year from July 2014 - June 2015 is now in effect. Full Story >>

How To Gain A Competitive Edge With Native Trees

July 09, 2014
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Incorporating native plants in landscape designs has become a hallmark of sustainable landscaping. Full Story >>

Lawn Care CEU Program July 13

July 09, 2012
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The OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program will conduct a Lawn care CEU program from 9 am to 12:30 pm on July 13 at the Oklahoma County Extension Office Full Story >>

It's All About Partnerships . . .

July 08, 2014
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I believe one of the biggest and certainly the most important thing we have control over are the partnerships we make. How are you doing in the partnership department? Full Story >>

All-America Selections' July Winner Announcement

July 08, 2014
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All-America Selections (AAS) is pleased to announce the first of the AAS Winners for the 2015 gardening season. Full Story >>

Planting Garden Center Flowers Is Good For Bees And Other Beneficial Insects

July 08, 2014
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Recently, some Internet and media sources have suggested that buying and planting flowers from your local garden center could be harmful to bees because traces of neonicotinoid insecticides were found in the leaves and flowers of plants randomly purchased from garden centers around the country. Full Story >>

Aquaponic Certification Class Slated for July 26th in Wilberton

July 07, 2014
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Eastern Oklahoma State College will host the first aquaponic certificate class in the state of Oklahoma this summer. Full Story >>

Master Gardener Training Classes Now Offered

July 07, 2014
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The Cleveland County Extension office is currently accepting registration for the 2014 Master Gardener Training program. Full Story >>

Choosing Medical Providers for Workers Comp

July 31, 2014
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How you choose and work with Medical Providers is a key component in reducing your Workers Compensation costs when an employee is injured on the job. Full Story >>

John Deere Landscapes Acquires Diamond Head Sprinkler Supply

July 31, 2014
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John Deere Landscapes, LLC announced today the acquisition of Diamond Head Sprinkler Supply Full Story >>

Employee Recruiting Strategies for Today's Landscaping Companies

July 31, 2014
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After several years of pulling their hair out over vicious price competition, most landscape contractors went into this year saying their biggest challenge would be finding employees. Full Story >>

The Best Ideas I NEVER Had

July 30, 2014
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Paul McCartney once wrote “Take a sad song and make it better.” Who knew he was writing about sharing ideas in the garden center industry? Full Story >>

How Wellness Plans Reduce Your Workers Comp Costs

July 30, 2014
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Many companies are now considering wellness plans and how they can help reduce health insurance costs. Full Story >>

“Social Media Is The New Garden Fence,” And Other Advice From Keynote Speaker P. Allen Smith At Cultivate’14

July 29, 2014
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Social media is not the enemy – it’s a tool that’s being used all over the world in many different markets to develop and engage the next generations of buyers. Full Story >>

2014 Western Trade Show

July 29, 2013
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The Western Nursery & Landscape Association is excited to celebrate our roots with the 2014 Western Trade Show. Full Story >>

5 Opportunities for Garden Retailers to Stand Out in 2014 and Beyond

July 23, 2014
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Today's Garden Center received many responses to their 2014 State of the Industry Survey responses.  Here are some of those. Full Story >>

"Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate" November 18-19 in Lisle, IL

July 23, 2014
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The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois will host a conference titled “Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate,” November 18-19.
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Inaugural Urban Ag Week set to include films, classes and garden tours

July 18, 2014
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The OKC Urban Ag Coalition is a new group comprised of urban farms, community gardens, non-profits and supportive businesses. Full Story >>

How Important are Insecticides to Our Industry?

July 18, 2014
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With the recent public attention on the horticultural industry’s use of insecticides, especially neonicotinoids, we are often asked about the economic impact of these chemicals. Full Story >>

Greenhouse Grower Thrilled To Honor 2014 Medal of Excellence Winners

July 15, 2014
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Greenhouse Grower announced its Medal of Excellence winners at the Evening of Excellence, held Monday, July 14 in Columbus, Ohio, at Cultivate’14. Check out the breeders, growers and new varieties that earned the Medal of Excellence awards for 2014. Full Story >>

Cut and Dry - Drought Tolerant Turfgrass

July 15, 2014
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Turfgrass that stands up to drought conditions gives landscape contractors a mindful solution. Full Story >>

How To Decide If/When To Discount a Product

July 12, 2014
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Talkin' Finance With Steve Bailey, a consultant and former garden center retailer:  how do you determine whether it’s better to discount to move the product rather than holding it to (hopefully) sell it for full price in the fall? Full Story >>

House Passes Farm Bill Minus Nutrition Provisions

July 12, 2013
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On July 11th, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, by a vote of 216-208. Full Story >>

Immigration Reform: Progress, But Long, Hot Summer Ahead

July 12, 2013
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For the many green industry professionals monitoring the immigration reform debate, here is the upshot: the Senate has passed a bipartisan comprehensive bill, and the House as decided to “go slow”. Full Story >>

Your Comments Needed: USDA-APHIS Publishes Second List of Prohibited Plants For Public Comment

July 10, 2013
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The second list of plants and flowers the USDA-APHIS proposes to prohibit for import into the U.S. – the “NAPPRA” (Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis) round two – was published in mid-May for public comment. Full Story >>

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Certain to be a Target of Activist Groups in 2014

January 08, 2014
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Neonicotinoid insecticides, such as clothianidin and imidacloprid, are important tools in defending trees, shrubs, and plants against destructive invasive species like the Japanese beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. Full Story >>

H-2B in the News

January 08, 2014
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The H-2B program is making news almost daily, and not much of it is good. Full Story >>

Comprehensive Immigration Reform & Landscape

January 08, 2014
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Proactive employers should make sure that internal processes are already in place to comply with I-9 employment verification rules and fair and equitable hiring practices. Full Story >>

Regulations to Watch in 2015 (The Hill)

January 07, 2015
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With President Obama determined to leave his mark through regulations, administration officials are trying to finalize as many health and consumer safety protections as possible before his term runs out.  Full Story >>

Irrigation Association Offers CIT Exam Registration Discount Through March 31st

January 07, 2014
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Irrigation professionals can save up to $50 on Certified Irrigation Technician (CIT) exam registration fees when they register for a paper/pencil exam by March 31.

Full Story >>

Introducing AmericanHort

January 06, 2014
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On December 31, the consolidation of ANLA and OFA was completed and AmericanHort was born on January 1. Today begins a new chapter in the history of the horticulture industry with the emergence of one premier national association to serve the all-encompassing, global industry. Full Story >>

TCIA Winter Management Conference: Early Bird Rates end Friday, January 10th

January 06, 2014
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Register for WMC this week and save $100! Full Story >>

Farm Bill Passes The House!

January 31, 2014
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On January 29 the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 2014 Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) with a strong bipartisan vote of 251-166. Full Story >>

Avoid Card Fraud-Related Chargebacks: 9 Essential Tips for All Merchants

January 28, 2015
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Credit card usage is expected to grow by 65 percent over the next five years* Managing card-not-present chargebacks is always painful. Now, add fraud-related chargebacks into the mix. Full Story >>

When OSHA Comes Knocking (Green Industry Pros)

January 28, 2015
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The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) exists to help ensure worker safety throughout U.S. industry. OSHA does this through standards and regulations, educational outreach, and sometimes intervention, inspections and fines. Full Story >>

100 Years of OSU Extension

January 27, 2014
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In spring 2014, extension services across the country will celebrate their 100th birthdays.  Full Story >>

UCO to Host Water Quality Training in Edmond (News OK)

January 23, 2015
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The University of Central Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Oklahoma County Conservation District will host a two-day Blue Thumb Water Quality Education volunteer training from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 30 and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31. Full Story >>

February Aquaponic Certificate Class Open To The Public

January 23, 2015
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The public is invited to participate in a one-day aquaponic certificate class hosted at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton, OK. The class will be presented by EOSC faculty in conjunction with Symbiotic Aquaponic, a nationally-recognized company.
Full Story >>

How To Make Best Use Of Your Loyalty Programs (Today's Garden Center)

January 23, 2015
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A recent report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) highlights how retailers are adapting their loyalty programs to reach and retain their best customers. This issue was the topic of a session at the NRF’s conference in New York City in January. Full Story >>

2015 State of the Industry: 2015 Brings More Debate on Pollinator Health, Pesticides and The Plants We Sell (Greenhouse Grower)

January 23, 2015
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Last year was busy on the regulatory front for the horticulture industry.  Last year was busy on the regulatory front for the horticulture industry. Full Story >>

Study Shows 96% of Consumers Value Online Reviews (LandscapeManangement.net)

January 23, 2015
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Software Advice, an advisory resource for field service software buyers and a part of the Gartner brand, released a new study regarding how online reviews impact consumers when selecting lawn care services, alluding to why businesses should prioritize building a positive online profile. Full Story >>

2011 Bedding Plant Trials at OSU-OKC

January 23, 2012
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Flower trialing has been in progress for many summers at the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center at OSU-OKC. Full Story >>

Box Blight: Boxwood Disease Reported (from Jeanetta Cooper, ODAFF)

January 23, 2012
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The detection of a boxwood disease not known to occur in the U.S. has been reported on several species of boxwood in North Carolina, Connecticut, Virginia, Rhode island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, and New York.
Full Story >>

Younger Consumers Think Gardening Is Good, But Hard Work, Time Consuming and Dirty

January 22, 2014
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While the pace of business seems to keep increasing, the number of new faces coming to the garden center may not be, research from Today’s Garden Center’s 10% Project finds. Full Story >>

First Report of Rose Rosette Disease In Florida

January 21, 2014
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On January 15th the Florida Division of Plant Industry confirmed the presence of rose rosette virus in three Florida counties.

Full Story >>

News From "The Hill"

January 21, 2014
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AmericanHort continues to keep the industry informed of governmental and regulatory issues.

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Worried You've Got Rose Rosette Disease? Send Your Sample To OSU

January 21, 2014
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Rose Rosette Disease continues to impact shrub roses in landscapes East of the Mississippi. Quickly recognizing and confirming RRD is important in controlling its spread and allows for the potential to mitigate the disease before it expands to other roses in the vicinity. Full Story >>

A Look at 2015 Legislation (Landscape Online)

January 19, 2015
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Legislation can often hinder or help the work of landscape businesses; as such it is important to stay current with the bills being presented to Congress. LC/DBM recently spoke with associations and their government affairs directors to see what challenges 2015 may have to offer. And although the legislative outlook is still uncertain, many associations have an idea of what is to be expected. Issues include: H-2B, pesticide bans, water concerns, and much more. Full Story >>

Gardening With The Experts to be held January 25th in Shawnee

January 17, 2014
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The annual Gardening with the Experts program is scheduled for 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Organized by the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce Beautification and Enhancement Committee, the program is designed to provide current information that will help gardeners get ready for spring. Full Story >>

4 Ways To Make More Cash in 2014

January 17, 2014
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Whether a strategic plan is in place for 2014 or not, these four great tips are worth checking out. Full Story >>

When it Comes to Firewood, Buy It Where You Burn It

January 15, 2014
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Oklahoma Forestry Services is asking Oklahomans to buy firewood near the location where they will burn it to help prevent the spread of insects and diseases that can kill trees and devastate recreation spots.
Full Story >>

Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard Draft

January 15, 2013
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The International Code Council Consensus Committee on Landscape Irrigation Emission Devices has produced a first draft of ASABE/ICC 802-201.

Full Story >>

WESTERN Show & National Green Centre Education Return to Kansas City for 2014 and Foreseeable Future

January 14, 2013
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DID YOU KNOW 2014 begins your Western Nursery & Landscape Association's 125th Anniversary? Full Story >>

Six Garden Tools Your Customers Will Love

January 13, 2014
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Today's Garden Center Magazine shares six suggestions.

Full Story >>

Help AmericanHort Recognize Emerging professionals with GPN's 40 Under 40

January 13, 2014
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Nominations for GPN Magazine's 40 under 40 are currently being accepted. Full Story >>

The Economic Outlook for 2014

January 10, 2014
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Join TNLA for a webinar on January 17th.  In this webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will present his annual economic outlook for the green industry. Full Story >>

Webinar Feb. 10: Making Cents of Green Industry Economics

February 09, 2015
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Dr. Charlie Hall presents his annual economic outlook for the green industry on February 10th at 10:00 a.m. CST. Full Story >>

USDA Extends Census Deadline

February 08, 2013
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USDA Extends Census Deadline, Reminds Producers It Is Not too Late
Many Farmers Already Counted, Are You One?
Full Story >>

Online Reviews Can Make You Or Break You (Turf)

February 04, 2015
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Keep a close eye on what folks are saying about your company on the Web. Full Story >>

New Federal Regulations Continue to Strain Landscape Industry (Irrigation & Green Industry)

February 04, 2015
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When the White House's Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs published its Rules List for 2015, anti-regulation groups were appalled by the more than 2,000 new regulations on the docket. Full Story >>

IR-4: A Pest Management Resource For Growers (Greenhouse Grower)

February 04, 2015
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Almost 40 years ago, IR-4 (Interregional Research Project Number 4) began serving the ornamental horticulture industry, helping to facilitate the registration of pest management tools. Full Story >>

Lloyd Noble Scholars Program Application Period Now Open

February 04, 2015
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The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is offering college students an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Noble Foundation’s renowned agricultural consultants and researchers. Full Story >>

Highlights for Horticulture: More on the Farm Bill

February 03, 2014
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While AmericanHort’s farm bill agenda is mostly focused on the Horticulture title of the bill, many other areas of the farm bill touch on our industry. Full Story >>

The Science of Selling Garden Art

February 28, 2014
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“A garden without a statue is like a sentence without a verb.” Full Story >>

2013 Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Application - Now Available

February 28, 2013
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The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund, dedicated to one of the most honored horticultural leaders and humanitarian, provides aid for students in the industry.  Applications for scholarships are currently being accepted, with a deadline of May 31, 2013.

Full Story >>

Protect Your Online Reputation to Protect Your Revenues (TSYS Blog)

February 27, 2015
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 Every business from doctor’s offices to the local coffee shop is being reviewed online. The use of online reviews to qualify a business prior to making a purchase has become a standard practice.  Understanding your rankings and reviews matters to your revenue - Harvard Business School found that a one star rating improvement in a review can increase revenue by 9 percent. Full Story >>

When ICE Comes To Visit - Record-breaking Immigration Enforcement in Fiscal Year 2010

February 27, 2012
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SIMPLE WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM CRIMINAL LIABILITY IN A TIME OF INCREASED IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

In reaction to an increasingly hostile climate to illegal immigration in the United States Federal Agencies charged with enforcing immigration laws have stepped up prosecutions of US employers found to be knowingly employing unauthorized workers.

Full Story >>

Department of Labor Announces Webinars On The New H-2B Comprehensive Final Bill

February 27, 2012
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On February 10th, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the H-2B Comprehensive Final Rule, which will take effect on April 23, 2012. Full Story >>

Agriculture Among Top Paying College Degrees Of 2015 (Growing Produce)

February 25, 2015
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According to the latest Salary Survey report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), agriculture is not such a bad career choice for those looking to make a decent living.

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Report shows landscapers see growth in 2014, expect even more through 2015 (Total Landscape Care)

February 25, 2015
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The third annual Green Industry Benchmark Report has been released, and it shows some encouraging findings, including major growth in 2014 and new hires this year.

Full Story >>

Low Temperatures in winter of 2013/2014 Bring Possibility of Increased Winter Injury to Bermudagrass Stands

February 24, 2014
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Due to the cold temperatures throughout Oklahoma this past December and January, some areas have experienced more winter-kill of bermudagrasses than in most previous years. Full Story >>

Top Ways Landscape Contractors Lose Money

February 24, 2014
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It's safe to say that most landscape contractors would like to make more money. Full Story >>

What Consumers Say It Takes To Get Them In The Door (10% Project)

February 24, 2014
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What do consumers say it will take to get them to shop at garden centers? Full Story >>

Systemic Insecticides

February 21, 2014
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Systemic insecticides are substances that when applied to a plant are absorbed and translocated into other plant parts through the sap stream, thus rendering untreated areas insecticidal or toxic to certain insects. Full Story >>

New Media Components - Are They Worth Their Weight in Dirt?

February 21, 2014
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Advances in greenhouse growing media (substrates) continue to evolve to meet current day problems, needs, and trends. Full Story >>

Six Steps to Improving Customer First Impressions

February 21, 2014
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Jon Schallert of The Schallert Group, Inc. gives six great tips to making that great "First Impression" on your customers.

Full Story >>

Marijuana's Trajectory and Ascent To Horticultural Crop Status (Greenhouse Grower Magazine)

February 20, 2015
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The focus of this article is not whether we should or should not legalize marijuana. Rather, it is to explain what many of us in the research and commercial sectors of horticulture are intrigued by, which is this plant’s botanical background, horticultural significance and controlled environment production potential.

Full Story >>

2013 Had The Biggest Increase in Garden Spending This Century (Today's Garden Center)

February 20, 2015
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While I know better than to make any major pronouncements based on one year’s data, the 2013 National Gardening Survey (NGS) reporting the biggest annual rise in retail sales (up $5.4 billion or 18 percent) this century to $34.9 billion is a fact that many in the industry will savor.

Full Story >>

Prediciting Plant Responses to Drought (USGS)

February 19, 2015
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A new U.S. Geological Survey study shows how plants’ vulnerability to drought varies across the landscape; factors such as plant structure and soil type where the plant is growing can either make them more vulnerable or protect them from declines. Full Story >>

Evaluating Grower Productivity

February 19, 2014
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Achieving good productivity is the foundation of any profitable business venture, and plant growing is no exception.

Full Story >>

Understanding pH Management For Container-Grown Crops

February 19, 2014
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The most common nutritional problems occur in greenhouse crops when the pH of the growing medium is outside the acceptable range of the crop. Full Story >>

Top 10 Facts You Should Know About Your Business

February 19, 2014
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Mark Twain once said, “It is not what we know that gets us in trouble, it is what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” Full Story >>

2014 National Floriculture Forum To Be Held in May

February 14, 2014
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This year's Forum will be held in Winnipeg, Canada on May 14th and 15th. Full Story >>

Joplin and Duquesne Area Tree Donations Needed

February 14, 2012
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Trees are needed for parks, schools, streets, yards and other locations in Joplin and Duquesne, Missouri, after the destruction of the EF5 tornado of May 22, 2011.

Full Story >>

KSU Student Career Days Event - ONLA Members may attend at reduced rates

February 14, 2012
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ONLA members are eligible to register at reduced PLANET membership rates to attend the annual Student Career Days Event to be held March 22-25, 2012 at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Full Story >>

Nominations for IA awards due March 1st

February 14, 2012
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Nominate a person or organization for an Irrigation Association annual award. IA is now accepting nominations for its 2012 awards. Full Story >>

SNA 2015 Plans Underway

February 13, 2015
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We invite you to join thousands of industry professionals in Atlanta for this one-of-a-kind regional event! SNA 2015.
Full Story >>

Growers Expect Increases In Production for 2014

February 12, 2014
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It’s not uncommon to see high hopes from growers in Greenhouse Grower’s State Of The Industry survey. Full Story >>

The Future of Perennial Breeding

February 12, 2014
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The world of perennial breeders was once associated with small, specialized growers and backyard breeders. Full Story >>

Architecture Firms Report December Billings Decline

February 12, 2014
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While year-end slowdowns are common due to winter weather, economists are concerned that the broad scope of the decline could affect growth in 2014. Full Story >>

National Irrigation Survey

February 12, 2013
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Ornamental plant production industry members are requested to participate in a survey from the University of Maryland.

Full Story >>

OSH slates Dr. Jules Janick as Speaker

February 12, 2013
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Dr. Jules Janick has been chosen as the Oklahoma Horticultural Society's speaker for the 2013 Winter Meeting.

Full Story >>

February Pesticide Report Has Been Released

February 11, 2015
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The February Pesticide Report from OCES has been released.  Bees and bed bugs, corn rootworms and more. Full Story >>

Sudden Oak Death Is Still On The Radar

February 10, 2014
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APHIS revises Phytophthora ramorum domestic quarantine for certain host nurseries Full Story >>

USDA Announces Creation of Regional Hubs

February 10, 2014
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The hubs will advise growers on a range of issues including climate change and invasive pests. Full Story >>

Congress Sends Farm Bill To President Obama

February 10, 2014
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Millions of dollars in additional funding for floriculture and nursery crops became a reality on February 4 when the Senate passed a new five-year Farm Bill. Full Story >>

GROW! "Oklahoma Gardening" Starts Season February 15

February 10, 2014
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Oklahoma gardeners who are ready to get back in the gardening groove can get started soon as new episodes of OETA's popular television program Oklahoma Gardening resume airing. Full Story >>

Citrus Greening discovered in Mission, Texas

December 09, 2013
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In late November USDA-APHIS confirmed the discovery of citrus greening, or Huanglongbing (HLB), in Mission, Texas. Full Story >>

Despite the Mixed Messages, Immigration Not Dead Yet

December 09, 2013
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Mixed messages out of Washington are nothing new.  Where does immigration currently stand? Full Story >>

Marketing To Generation Z: Young Industry Leaders Share Their Ideas

December 09, 2013
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In their first ever Google Hangout, Greenhouse Grower posed a question to a panel of young marketers and savvy growers from operations across the country about how we as an industry can market our products to upcoming generations. Full Story >>

Thinking Outside The Box: 4 Emails You Should be Sending This Holiday Season (Marketing Land)

December 05, 2014
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How can you take your emails from good to great this holiday season?  Columnist Jimmy Daly says the keys are context and personalization. Full Story >>

Bibles, Badges, Business: Needing Practical Solutions to Immigration Dilemmas

December 05, 2012
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Craig Regelbrugge, who spoke at the membership meeting held during the 2012 ONLA Annual Convention and Trade Show shares more on a concept he shared with our members:  "Bibles, Badges, Business". Full Story >>

Emergency Rulemaking: Commercial Production of Castor Beans

December 05, 2011
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An emergency rulemaking regarding the commercial production of castor beans will be presented to the State Board of Agriculture for consideration on December 13, 2011. Full Story >>

The December Pesticide Report Has Been Released

December 03, 2014
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The December Pesticide Report from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is available. Full Story >>

National Green Centre receives USDA Grant for SITES

December 03, 2012
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The National Green Centre has received a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to provide education on the Sustainable Sites Initiative to plant growers looking to meet SITES requirements and provide plants for SITES certified projects. Full Story >>

5 Retail Predictions for 2015 (Marketing-Interactive,com)

December 22, 2014
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As growth in mobile commerce continues to fuel overall spend online, e-commerce sales are estimated to rise by 20.1% by the end of 2014, exceeding US$1.5 trillion for the first time globally. Full Story >>

Top 2 Reasons NFC is Crucial to Security in Payments (TSYS Blog)

December 22, 2014
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One of the most exciting developments to the payments ecosystem is the introduction of Near Field Communication (NFC), which enables smartphones to quickly and securely communicate payment information with other phones and point-of-sale devices.

Full Story >>

Free Training for Your Business Is Available until January 15th

December 19, 2012
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ONLA has partnered with SouthWestern Association on a federally-funded joint-project with Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to help businesses and their employees.  Sign up to participate for no cost no later than January 15th by contacting the ONLA office.

Full Story >>

Customer Service Should Be Part of Your Hiring Process

December 18, 2013
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At one time, service was as important as product or price for retailers. The concept of customer service has been so ignored that most consumers do not even recognize it anymore. Full Story >>

AmericanHort Launches January 2014

December 18, 2013
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As the new year arrives, so will AmericanHort, the historic consolidation of ANLA and OFA, two of the nation’s premier horticultural industry organizations. Full Story >>

New Regulated Plant under P. ramorum Quarantine

December 18, 2013
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The APHIS Plants for Planting Manual has been updated, 12/2013-24, to add Gaultheria procumbens to the list of those plant species that are regulated to prevent the spread and dissemination of Phytophthora ramorum. Full Story >>

Court Decision in Island Holdings Case Prohibits DOL from Mid-season H-2B Wage Increases

December 18, 2013
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On December 2, 2013, the Department of Labor's Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals ("BALCA") ruled that DOL's H-2B prevailing wage regulation does not allow DOL to raise prevailing wage rates mid-season. Full Story >>

Succulents: Here To Stay and Gaining Momentum (Greenhouse Grower)

December 17, 2014
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Succulents have made their mark, indoors and out. We see them everywhere, scattered across Pinterest pages, crossing over to the floral industry in cut flower arrangements, or growing on a living wall, even in a bride’s bouquet and as trendy, upscale favors at a party. Full Story >>

New Study Find Neonicotinoids Are Top-Rated Products For Controlling Pests on Ornamentals (Greenhouse Grower)

December 17, 2014
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In an extensive study of the diverse turf and ornamental industry, researchers found that neonicotinoids are the primary tools used by professionals to control destructive insect pests.  Full Story >>

Attend The Western January 5th and 6th

December 16, 2013
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The Western Show will be held January 5-6, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas. Full Story >>

OK-ARK Turfgrass Short Course January 7-8 To Be Held in Stillwater - Register Today

December 16, 2013
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Registration is open for the OK-ARK Turfgrass Short Course.  It will be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma on Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. Full Story >>

Shipping container greenhouse. The future of urban farming?

December 16, 2013
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Thanks to new growth-related technology like aquaponics and micro-methanation, very good yields can be obtained on a very small area, and still be environmentally friendly (organic produce and energy efficient). Full Story >>

Garden Centers Need to Sell Dreams, Not Just Products (Opinion piece from Today's Garden Center)

December 16, 2013
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As part of Today’s Garden Center’s 10% Project: Expanding The Customer Base, Emory University’s Susan Hogan, Michigan State University’s Bridget Behe and I have just completed an online consumer study to learn how people under 49 view gardening and garden centers. Full Story >>

How Will The Affordable Care Act Affect Your Business?

December 16, 2013
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As a small business owner, you may be confused about which parts of the (ACA), informally known as “Obamacare,” apply to your enterprise. You’re not alone; figuring out the 1,600- page law is causing a lot of people’s heads to spin. Full Story >>

OSU Is Seeking Applications for Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

December 15, 2014
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Oklahoma State University is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture for the Stillwater campus.

Full Story >>

The End of Retail is Overrated

December 13, 2013
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The convenience of e-commerce is valuable. But even our most digitally savvy shoppers prefer shopping in stores. Full Story >>

The Top 10 Trends For The Next 10 Years

December 13, 2013
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The garden center industry is changing rapidly these days. Here are Today’s Garden Center’s predictions for where all these adjustments will take us in the next decade. Full Story >>

Endangered Species Act/Pesticide Legal Battle Underway

December 12, 2012
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EPA has requested that a U.S. district court dismiss a "mega-suit" which challenges the registration of 382 pesticide active ingredients as it fails to identify specific violations of the Endangered Species Act. Full Story >>

ANLA, OFA Push For Meaningful Immigration Reform

December 12, 2012
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Upwards of 250 leaders in the faith, law enforcement, business, and agricultural communities joined in Washington last week to call on Congress to repair America's broken immigration system. Full Story >>

EWG Calls for One-Year Farm Bill Extension, No 'Secret' Farm Bill

December 12, 2012
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The Environmental Working Group joined with several groups to call on lawmakers to stop a secret farm bill from being attached to any legislation designed to straighten out the nation's finances. Full Story >>

Can Green Roofs Put Green In Your Pocket? (Landscape Online)

December 10, 2014
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Do green roofs present a business opportunity for landscape contractors? The market is growing. Full Story >>

"The Cheapest Generation" Will Be Tomorrow's Gardeners (Greenhouse Grower)

December 10, 2014
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Members of the Millennial generation don’t spend money the same way their parents did. They aren’t buying cars and houses at the same level of previous generations, and according to a recent article from The Atlantic titled “The Cheapest Generation,” it might be more than an effect of a bad economy. Full Story >>

Cheers & Jeers For White House Pollinator Health Task Force

December 10, 2014
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In late November, AmericanHort and SAF submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the Obama administration’s Pollinator Health Task Force, which includes 16 federal agencies and is co-chaired by EPA and USDA.  Full Story >>

Dr. Greg Bell Inducted into Oklahoma Turfgrass Hall of Fame

December 10, 2014
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The Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation (OTRF) inducted Emeritus Professor Dr. Greg Bell into the Oklahoma Turfgrass Hall of Fame during the opening of its 69th Oklahoma Turf Conference& Trade Show on Dec 2, 2014 at Stillwater, OK. Full Story >>

Bidding a Fond Farewell to An Oklahoma Institution. . .

August 09, 2012
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Horn Seed Company closes its doors after 91 years of business. Full Story >>

U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program Stakeholder Meetings Announced

August 05, 2014
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The USDA-APHIS recently opened a comment period on the proposed changes to the U.S.-Canada Greenhouse Certification Program (USGCP). They will be receiving comments through September 2 Full Story >>

Find Your Customer

August 05, 2014
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Discovering your ideal demographic, determining how to best reach out to it, researching that demographic and then listing its wants and needs based on that research are the four tips that a former irrigation business owner and founder of a business management software company puts forward as an approach to grow your landscape company.

Full Story >>

2014 Seeley Summit: Thinking Differently About Water

August 04, 2014
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The theme of this year’s Seeley Summit was “Water: Horticulture’s Next Game Changer.” The summit provided an opportunity for industry members to learn and develop strategies to tackle the issue of water scarcity. Full Story >>

Congratulations to the recipients of the ONLA Scholarships for 2012

August 30, 2012
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Congratulations to the 2012 recipients of the ONLA Scholarships. Full Story >>

OKASLA's Public Awareness Event: Rededicating The Philbrook

August 20, 2012
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OKASLA's Public Awareness Event:  Rededicating The Philbrook

Saturday, September 1st at 10:30 a.m. Full Story >>

Kelly Norris Talks Gen X And Y And Future Of Gardening At Cultivate’14

August 13, 2014
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Consumer confidence is up, but sales in the industry are still flat. To solve that, we have to find a dynamic structure that’s sustainable for generations, and one way to do that is to convince consumers of the importance of gardening. Full Story >>

August Pesticide Report Released

August 13, 2013
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The August Pesticide Report from the Oklahoma Cooperative Education Service has been released. Full Story >>

SNA 2014 Sets the Stage for Positive Growth

August 11, 2014
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SNA 2014, held July 22-24 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Ga., saw positive energy and encouraging signs of growth. Full Story >>

August 2014 Pesticide Report Released

August 01, 2014
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The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) released its August 2014 report. Full Story >>

SNA 2013 Award Recipents Announced - Including an ONLA Member

August 01, 2013
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SNA believes industry members should be recognized for their distinguished talents, extraordinary service and life achievements.  The awards will be presented at SNA 2013. Full Story >>

Southern Nursery Association Speakers Announced

April 09, 2015
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The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the lineup of speakers for the 14th Southern Plant Conference, scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2015, during SNA 2015 at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in Atlanta. Full Story >>

Steal This Idea: Use Local Partnerships To Build Your Own Audience

April 09, 2014
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Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin, Del., found a built-in audience for its fairy garden events when it began partnering with a local art school. Full Story >>

OSU's Shelley Mitchell Named Recipient of AHS 2014 Great American Gardeners Award

April 09, 2014
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Congratulations to Shelley Mitchell of OSU for being named as a recipient of an American Horticultural Society's 2014 Great American Gardeners Award Full Story >>

Workers’ Compensation Insurance: What Business Owners Don’t Know Can Definitely Hurt Them (Facility Executive)

April 08, 2015
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In this day and age of cost cutting, far too many business owners see workers’ compensation only through their “expense lens,” rather than understanding how important it is to their risk management program, according to Sarah Tupper, vice president of sales at FrankCrum, a national Professional Employer Organization (PEO). Unfortunately, this shortsightedness can come back to haunt them. Full Story >>

All-America Selections Launches Herbaceous Perennial Trialing Program Endorsed By, and In Partnership With, The Perennial Plant Association

April 08, 2015
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Perennial Plant Association (PPA) is a trade association composed of growers, retailers, educators, landscape designers and contractors that are professionally involved in the herbaceous perennial industry. Together, the two organizations have determined the details necessary to conduct a thorough and horticulturally sound perennial trial and PPA actively endorses this new AAS trial. Full Story >>

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap For Fiscal Year 2015 (Homeland Security Today)

April 08, 2015
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The congressionally mandated cap on the number of foreigners seeking to enter the US on a H-2B Non-Agricultural Workers visa for Fiscal Year 2015 has already been reached, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced Friday. Full Story >>

Program to Provide Wounded Veterans with Free Lawn Care (Green Industry Pros)

April 08, 2015
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According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 3.6 million veterans with a service-related disability. Thus, the need for day-to-day household and lifestyle assistance services is a major need area. Full Story >>

California Institutes First Ever Statewide Mandatory Water Restrictions (Greenhouse Grower)

April 08, 2015
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California Gov. Jerry Brown announced April 1 that, for the first time in state history, action will be taken to implement mandatory water restrictions. Full Story >>

Oklahoma Ranked Number 1 in Controlling Nutrient Pollution for 2nd Year in a Row

April 08, 2013
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A recent comparison of EPA priority nonpoint source pollutant reduction numbers from across the nation shows that Oklahoma again ranks as the number one state when it comes to reducing harmful nutrients from our streams and rivers. Full Story >>

Amazon to Sell Landcape Services (Irrigation & Green Industry)

April 07, 2015
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The eCommerce giant Amazon.com is expanding its sales portfolio to include landscape contractors. Full Story >>

EPA Proposes Bold Clean Water Act Expansion

April 07, 2014
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EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have jointly released a proposed rule intended to "clarify protection under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources."

Full Story >>

New Guidance for Phytophthora ramorum Announced

April 07, 2014
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Beginning on March 31, USDA-APHIS began implementing some changes to their Phytophthora ramorum domestic quarantine regulation (7 CFR 301.92). Full Story >>

Minnesota Requires Non-hardy Nursery Stock Labeling

April 05, 2013
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Jeanetta Cooper (ODAFF) shares information from Minnesota that could affect you. Full Story >>

Department of Labor Gives Up Attempt to Regulate Youth Workers

April 30, 2012
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As reported by The Oklahoma Farm Report:  The white flag of surrender has been held up by the Obama Administration, after a huge backlash swept across rural America to the Department of Labor's decision to crack down on youth 16 or younger that wanted to work for anyone on a farm that was not owned by their parents. Full Story >>

April Pesticide Report Has Been Released

April 03, 2015
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Unwanted Pesticide Disposal locations and dates, elevator workshops, bees, termites and more about pesticides than you could ask for - it's all here in April's edition of OCES's Pesticide Report.
Full Story >>

USDA Identifies New Treatment Options For Fire Ants

April 03, 2013
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USDA-APHIS recently released the results of an Environmental Assessment regarding treatment strategies for Imported Fire Ants (IFA). Full Story >>

Oklahoma State University Names Thomas Coon To Lead Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources

April 25, 2014
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Oklahoma State University named Dr. Thomas Coon as Vice President, Dean and Director of the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR). Full Story >>

"Flowers Are For Girls" - What Do You Think?

April 24, 2015
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"Flowers are for girls" is WalMart's latest campaign.  Really?  What do you think? Full Story >>

Nursery Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching (USDA RMA)

April 24, 2015
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Some Oklahoma nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations.  During 2014, many Oklahoma nursery operations were covered by the program; combined, the liability coverage for these nursery operations totaled over $43 million. Full Story >>

Senate Holds Major Immigration Hearing

April 24, 2013
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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a marathon immigration hearing on Monday, April 22. Full Story >>

ANLA Working to Protect Nursery Industry's Access to Cash Accounting Practices

April 24, 2013
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Last week, ANLA submitted comments to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means regarding the importance of maintaining the Nursery Industry's ability to use cash accounting practices. Full Story >>

Nursery Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching

April 23, 2014
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Many Oklahoma nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations.  Oklahoma nursery producers are reminded that May 1 is the sales closing date for participation in RMA's Nursery Crop Insurance Program for 2014. Full Story >>

Irrigation Association Webinar April 24th

April 21, 2014
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The Ogallala Aquifer:  The Role of Irrigation in a Sustainable Future is the first agricultural webinar in the IA's 2014 series. Full Story >>

The Positive Impact of Turfgrass - Overlooked and Misunderstood

April 21, 2014
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The positive impact of turfgrass on our environment is often overlooked - if not grossly misunderstood.
Full Story >>

Three Oklahomans to be honored for their positive effects on OSU and the state

April 02, 2014
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Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will honor three Oklahomans with one of the organization's highest honors, the DASNR Champion award. Full Story >>

HGTV HOME Plant Collection Looking for Partners in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South

April 02, 2014
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The HGTV HOME Plant Collection is working to expand its nationwide grower group with an emphasis on partnering with growers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S., Full Story >>

Listening to Gardeners on Pinterest

April 02, 2014
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Greenhouse Grower Magazine shares statistics from a search on Pinterest.  Interestingly enough, these findings could help you!  Knowing what is trending could help you decide what to stock in your garden center or suggest to your clients. Full Story >>

5 Reasons to Get Youth Active in Gardening

April 02, 2014
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April is National Gardening Month, making it an ideal time to consider starting a garden.  It is also a good time to consider getting children active in gardening since they are increasingly spending more time indoors with their faces turned toward electronics. Full Story >>

10 Most Common Lawn Care Myths

April 02, 2014
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April is National Lawn Care Month.  PLANET asked its professional landscape members to name the 10 most common lawn care myths and shared the realities behind those myths. Full Story >>

Construction Signals Look Good for Landscaping

April 02, 2014
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January data from the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, along with data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), offer some very encouraging signs. Full Story >>

Irrigation Foundation Excellence Education Award Accepting Nominations through April 30th

April 02, 2014
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The Irrigation Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Irrigation Foundation Excellence in Education Award. Full Story >>

Myriad Botanical Gardens Seeking Volunteers

April 02, 2014
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The Gardens Needs You!  We're looking for volunteers to help with spring and summer events. Full Story >>

Landscape Grasses Take Container Gardening To A New Level

April 02, 2014
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It’s easy to reach for flowers and blooms when thinking combos, but today’s cacophony of color, texture and form in the ornamental grass world makes them ripe for the picking. Full Story >>

IA & ASIC Release Revised Landscape BMPs

April 02, 2014
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Document Outlines Best Practices & Implementation Guidelines for Irrigation System Design, Installation & Management

Full Story >>

Five Creative Ways to Use Social Media

April 02, 2014
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Social media is more than just a marketing tool for your business.  It helps us promote our products and services. As small business owners, social media is more than having presence on Facebook. It's a place for us to level the playing field with the big brand companies.

Full Story >>

Irrigation Association Upcoming Classes and Webinars

April 17, 2015
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The Irrigation Association announces upcoming classes and webinars. Full Story >>

Governor Fallin Signs Measure Creating Safeguards for Agritourism Businesses

April 17, 2013
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A bill protecting the rights of agritourism operators has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Full Story >>

Senate Group Reaches Landmark Agreement on Immigration Reform Agriculture Provisions

April 17, 2013
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ANLA and OFA applaud a landmark agreement in principle on the agricultural provisions of the Senate immigration reform bill. Full Story >>

The Southern Plant Conference features a stellar cast of speakers

April 16, 2014
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The 13th Southern Plant Conference, hosted by Don Shadow, will feature a stellar cast of speakers Full Story >>

John Deere Landscapes Purchases Eljay Irrigation

April 16, 2014
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John Deere Landscapes, Alpharetta, GA, and Eljay Irrigation, Calgary, AB, announced today that John Deere Landscapes has purchased Eljay Irrigation. Full Story >>

Spring 2014 Update: A Mixed Bag For Retailers

April 16, 2014
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Spring has not sprung yet for all garden centers this year. With some regions continuing to receive late blasts of winter weather, some retailers are analyzing what they can do to take advantage of the late start. Full Story >>

Construction Spending Flat in February

April 16, 2014
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Spending on residential construction products recorded the biggest decline in seven months in February, but overall construction spending managed to rise slightly as winter weather continues to vex the industry. Full Story >>

When To Add Personnel

April 16, 2014
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How do you know when it’s the right to time to ramp up personnel? We asked a few Green Industry experts for their advice.

Full Story >>

First Discovery of Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma in North America

April 15, 2013
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Last week the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) informed the USDA that Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma (APP) was identified from an apple orchard (Pacific Gala) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Full Story >>

Energy Grant and Loan Application Deadlines Looming

April 15, 2013
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USDA grant applications for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are due April 30, 2013.  The deadline for guaranteed loan applications is July 15, 2013.

Full Story >>

Improve Service Provider Efficiency With GPS-Enabled Dispatch Software (Software Advice)

April 14, 2015
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When it comes to residential service providers, such as lawn care services and landscapers, one of the biggest pain points that their customers express are waiting around for late workers to show up and/or long windows of arrival-time. Full Story >>

Value of Global Hydroponics to Grow $8.5 billion in Next Five Years (Inside Grower)

April 13, 2015
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A new report from Research and Markets offers insight on the U.S. and global hydroponic market and identifies substantial growth opportunities over the next five years. Full Story >>

Stopping What Might Bug You Next

April 11, 2014
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Have you ever wondered what AmericanHort (formerly ANLA) does?  Here is one example of the numerous things they tackle on behalf of the green industry on a nation-wide basis. Full Story >>

EPA Worker Protection Revisions Proposed

April 11, 2014
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The EPA officially published on March 19 its proposed revisions to its agricultural Worker Protection Standard.  The standard applies to greenhouse, nursery, and Christmas tree growers as well as other farm types using pesticides Full Story >>

California's Water Crisis Precipitates Restrictions (Turfgrass Producers International)

April 10, 2015
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. . . But eliminating lawns shouldn't be one of them.  The water crisis in California could hardly be more severe than it already is. 

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AmericanHort, SAF, HRI and AFE Responds to Lowe's Position on Neonicotinoids

April 10, 2015
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AmericanHort, Society of American Florists, Horticultural Research Institute and American Floral Endowment published a Statement in Response to Lowe's Position on Neonicotinoids on April 9th.

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Three Oklahomans Honored For Their Positive Effects on OSU and Oklahoma

April 10, 2013
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Linda Shackelford, long-time ONLA member and past-president of OGGA, received the DASNR Champion Award on Tuesday, April 9th. Full Story >>

November Construction Spending Up Year Over Year (Landscape Online)

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With November’s first estimate on the books, construction spending in the first 11 months of 2014 was 5.7 percent above the spending for the same
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