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

October 29, 2012

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

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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Harlan Hamernik (1936-2012)

October 17, 2012

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

Ash Dieback Disease Devastating Europe

November 07, 2012

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

ANLA Weighs in on Proposed USDA Plant Restrictions

November 30, 2011

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 >>

National Green Centre Learning Centers

November 26, 2012

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

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

November 25, 2013

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

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

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 >>

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

November 14, 2012

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 >>

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

November 13, 2013

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 >>

Daylily Leafminer – First Detection in Oklahoma

November 11, 2013

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

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

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Western Trade Show - January 2014

November 11, 2013

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

The OSU Cooperative Extension Service has released its November Pesticide Report

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

May 08, 2013

"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 >>

New Mexico Japanese Beetle Quarantine

May 07, 2012

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

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

Two ONLA Members Listed as GPN's

May 29, 2013

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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ONLA Member Lavender Valley Acres: Outstanding Agritourism Attraction

May 24, 2013

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

USDA Releases Three Plant Varieties From Black Stem Rust Restrictions

May 15, 2013

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

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

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

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

Seedling Truck Sales Throughout Oklahoma in March

March 07, 2014

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

Chain Saw Safety and Application Training Class

March 06, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Oklahoma Small Businesses

March 28, 2014

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

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

"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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Do the Math: An Easy Path to Profitability

March 24, 2014

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

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.
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What Clients Want In 2014

March 24, 2014

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

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

Sedan Floral Builds a Customer Base From Scratch

March 19, 2014

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

Understanding Irrigation Water From A Nutritional Standpoint

March 17, 2014

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

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

Japanese Beetle Quarantine Update

March 11, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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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June Pesticide Report Released

June 04, 2013

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

Supreme Court Settles Red River Rivalry

June 26, 2013

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 >>

Mayor Cornett Declares July 2013 as Smart Irrigation Month

June 13, 2013

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

July is Smart Irrigation Month!  Smart Practices.  Smart Technology.  Smart Business.

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Lawn Care CEU Program July 13

July 09, 2012

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 >>

2014 Western Trade Show

July 29, 2013

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

House Passes Farm Bill Minus Nutrition Provisions

July 12, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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 >>

Irrigation Association Offers CIT Exam Registration Discount Through March 31st

January 07, 2014

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.

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Introducing AmericanHort

January 06, 2014

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

Register for WMC this week and save $100! Full Story >>

Farm Bill Passes The House!

January 31, 2014

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 >>

100 Years of OSU Extension

January 27, 2014

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

2011 Bedding Plant Trials at OSU-OKC

January 23, 2012

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

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

January 22, 2014

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

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

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News From "The Hill"

January 21, 2014

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

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 >>

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

January 17, 2014

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

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

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.
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Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard Draft

January 15, 2013

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

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

January 14, 2013

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

Today's Garden Center Magazine shares six suggestions.

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

January 13, 2014

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

The Economic Outlook for 2014

January 10, 2014

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 >>

USDA Extends Census Deadline

February 08, 2013

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

Highlights for Horticulture: More on the Farm Bill

February 03, 2014

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

“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

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.

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

February 27, 2012

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.

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

February 27, 2012

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 >>

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

February 24, 2014

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

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

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

Systemic Insecticides

February 21, 2014

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

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

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

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Evaluating Grower Productivity

February 19, 2014

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

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Understanding pH Management For Container-Grown Crops

February 19, 2014

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

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

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

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.

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

February 14, 2012

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

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

Growers Expect Increases In Production for 2014

February 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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OSH slates Dr. Jules Janick as Speaker

February 12, 2013

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

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Sudden Oak Death Is Still On The Radar

February 10, 2014

APHIS revises Phytophthora ramorum domestic quarantine for certain host nurseries Full Story >>

USDA Announces Creation of Regional Hubs

February 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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 >>

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

December 05, 2012

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

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 >>

National Green Centre receives USDA Grant for SITES

December 03, 2012

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 >>

Free Training for Your Business Is Available until January 15th

December 19, 2012

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.

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Customer Service Should Be Part of Your Hiring Process

December 18, 2013

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

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

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

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 >>

Attend The Western January 5th and 6th

December 16, 2013

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

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

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

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

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 >>

The End of Retail is Overrated

December 13, 2013

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

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

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

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

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 >>

Bidding a Fond Farewell to An Oklahoma Institution. . .

August 09, 2012

Horn Seed Company closes its doors after 91 years of business. Full Story >>

Congratulations to the recipients of the ONLA Scholarships for 2012

August 30, 2012

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

OKASLA's Public Awareness Event: Rededicating The Philbrook

August 20, 2012

OKASLA's Public Awareness Event:  Rededicating The Philbrook

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

August Pesticide Report Released

August 13, 2013

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

SNA 2013 Award Recipents Announced - Including an ONLA Member

August 01, 2013

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 >>

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

April 09, 2014

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

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 >>

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

April 08, 2013

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 >>

EPA Proposes Bold Clean Water Act Expansion

April 07, 2014

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."

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New Guidance for Phytophthora ramorum Announced

April 07, 2014

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

Soil Health The Next Big Trend

April 05, 2013

Joe Magazzi shares how integrating biologicals into your program is smart, simple and cost-effective Full Story >>

Minnesota Requires Non-hardy Nursery Stock Labeling

April 05, 2013

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

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 >>

USDA Identifies New Treatment Options For Fire Ants

April 03, 2013

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

Senate Holds Major Immigration Hearing

April 24, 2013

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

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

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

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

The positive impact of turfgrass on our environment is often overlooked - if not grossly misunderstood.
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Three Oklahomans to be honored for their positive effects on OSU and the state

April 02, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five Creative Ways to Use Social Media

April 02, 2014

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.

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Governor Fallin Signs Measure Creating Safeguards for Agritourism Businesses

April 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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First Discovery of Apple Proliferation Phytoplasma in North America

April 15, 2013

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

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.

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Stopping What Might Bug You Next

April 11, 2014

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

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 >>

Three Oklahomans Honored For Their Positive Effects on OSU and Oklahoma

April 10, 2013

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

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