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Inaugural Membership Recognition Event Awards Dedication and Loyalty

HARRISBURG - On January 14, 2016 long-time members and new members gathered at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex to honor and recognize outstanding individuals and members of the PLNA community. After the annual business meeting of the membership, the group socialized over a buffet lunch and then the honors began.New members, 10 year, 20 year, 30 year, 40 year, 50 year and even 100 year members were recognized for their dedication and loyalty to the industry and PLNA. Four individuals were awarded ... (more)

 OutdoorLivingPA Campaign Moves Forward to Philadelphia Flower Show

PLNA's consumer awareness campaign kicked off at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg in January. Next stop, the Philadelphia Flower Show, March 5 - 13. An advertisement for OutdoorLivingPA will premier in the Spring2016 issue of GROW magazine which will be distributed at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Over a quarter-million Flower Show shoppers can see this ad. The ad will also run in the April and May issues of the PHS e-News which reaches over 125,000 garden enthusiasts each month. As a member of PLNA you automatically have a listing ... (more)


PCH Emeritus Category Established

In 2015 the PLNA Board of Directors voted to create a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist (PCH) Emeritus category, honoring active PCH's who have maintained their designation in good standing for at least 25 years. There are 2 groups within this category; PCH Emeritus Class (40 plus years) and PCH Emeritus Member (25 - 39 years). Twelve individuals were inducted into the PCH Emeritus Class ... (more)

State Budget Impasse to Shut Down Penn State Extension and Ag Research

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STATE COLLEGE – Penn State Extension and Agricultural Research are running out of money will have to shut down unless the state budget impasse is solved quickly. Penn State Extension provides education and technical assistance to landscape contractors, nursery growers and other agricultural related businesses in Pennsylvania. The research done by the Penn State College of Ag Sciences is working on problems important to the green industry such as woolly adelgid, emerald ash borer, boxwood blight and Asian long horned beetle... (more)

Redraft of Lawn Fertilizer Bill Addresses Most PLNA Concerns


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) last week released a redraft of their proposed bill to regulate fertilizers and their application, including turf grass fertilizers. PDA made several adjustments in the bill language based on comments made by PLNA. PLNA’s goal was to have the new fertilizer program integrated as closely as possible with the existing pesticide certification program so as to cause minimal impact and cost on companies in the lawn care business. We think... (more)

Wolf Administration Set to Roll Out $900 Million Growing Greener III

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HARRISBURG – The Wolf Administration is prepared to roll out a $900 million third version of the popular Growing Greener program which has funded many environmental and recreation projects in the state under the Ridge and Rendell administrations. PLNA is a part of a steering committee put together by the Wolf Administration to develop the outline of this third Growing Greener program. The details were revealed in a paper circulated at the group’s last meeting. February 1. A copy of the paper... (more)

Good News on the Pollinator Front

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PULLMAN, WA - The latest good news on the pollinator front arrived in the form of research results from a team of scientists at Washington State University (WSU). The principal investigators (T. J. Lawrence, E. M. Culbert, A. S. Felsot, V. R. Hebert, and W. S. Sheppard) set out to conduct a survey and risk assessment of honey bee colony exposure to four neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam) in urban, rural, and agricultural settings. Wax and beebread (pollen stored in hives) were collected from a total of 149 apiaries... (more

H2-B Program Fixed by Congress, but Thwarted by Bureaucracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Thanks to the hard work of our national associations, AmericanHort and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), language providing H2B relief was included in the federal FY 2015-2016 omnibus spending bill. President Obama signed that bill into law on December 18th last year. Although the reforms in the bill will last only for nine months, provisions in the bill include many of the H2B reforms that the green industry had been seeking for the past several years, plus some more urgent reforms needed in light of the recently issued... (more)

Bill Introduced to Limit Liability of Snow Removal Contractors

SnowplowHARRISBURG – Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Bucks) has introduced a bill (H.B. 1672) to limit the liability of snow contractors only to accidents that are their fault. Recently many property managers have begun including in their contracts with snow removal contractors clauses that place liability for accidental slips, trips and falls on snow contractors, even those accidents the contractor had nothing to do with. This has led to sky-rocketing liability insurance premiums for snow removal contractors. The PLNA Government Relations Committee will consider this legislation... (more)

Do You Need a USDOT Number on Your Trucks?

A USDOT Number is required for a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) (49 CPR Part 390.5), which is defined as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate and/or intrastate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight, of 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater; or to transport more than 8 passengers, including the driver, for compensation or to transport more than 15 passengers... (more)

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