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PLNA Member Fred Strathmeyer, Jr. Appointed Ag Deputy Secretary

Fred Strathmeyer, Jr.HARRISBURG - PLNA member Fred Strathmeyer, Jr. of the Strathmeyer Companies has been appointed by governor Tom Wolf as deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Before assuming his new position at PDA, Strathmeyer had been vice president at The Strathmeyer Companies, a group of companies that include Strathmeyer Forests, Inc., Strathmeyer Landscape and Strathmeyer Christmas Trees... (more)

 EPA-Backed Turf Grass Fertilize Bill is Back

Fertilizer spreaderHARRISBURG – The federal EPA-backed bill to regulate the application of turf grass fertilizer is being re-introduced in this session of the General Assembly by Senator Richard Alloway (R–Franklin County). Last session’s version of the bill, SB 1149 sponsored by Senator Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster), died at the end of the session without a vote by the full Senate. Senator Brubaker retired from his Senate seat in November of 2014... (more)

Attorney General Gives Tips on ACRE

Kathleen kaneHARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Senior Deputy Attorney General (SDAG) Susan Bucknum addressed a seminar on the ACRE law and the Right to Farm Act during the Farm Show in January. The ACRE law was passed in 2005 with the strong support of PLNA and other agriculture related organizations. The law helps to enforce the Right to Farm Act by authorizing the attorney general to review local government ordinances that violate the Right to Farm Act... (more

PLNA, AmericanHort, PLANET push for H-2B Reform Legislation

Immigration reform

WASHINGTON – PLNA, AmericanHort and PLANET joined with other seasonal workforce industries to urge legislators in Washington to fix the H-2B guest worker program. Many companies in the landscape contracting segment of the green industry rely upon the H-2B program to meet peak seasonal workforce demands. Recent developments have left many companies high and dry... (more)

Federal Judge Halts Administration’s Deferred Action Plan for Undocumented

Court Gavel

BROWNSVILLE, TX – A federal district court judge in Texas halted the Obama Administration’s plan to defer deportation of as many as five million undocumented immigrants (See PLNA e-News November 25, 2014). The decision came down days before the program was to begin accepting applications... (more)


Wolf Administration – Rendell 2.0?

Russell ReddingHARRISBURG - Governor Wolf, sworn in on January 20 as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor, has selected a cabinet that has many familiar faces from the Rendell Administration. Here is how the three departments that most affect the green industry shape up. Heading up the Department of Agriculture (PDA) will be Russell Redding, who stepped down as dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College to accept the post... (more)

New Committee Assignments for General Assembly

Rep. John MaherHARRISBURG - With the new 199th General Assembly sworn in on January 6, new committee assignments will mean new faces for PLNA to get to know, especially in the House. Of key interest to PLNA are the Agriculture and Rural Affairs and the Environmental Resources and Energy Committees. Rep. John Maher (R – Allegheny), the chair of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the past four years, has moved over to chair of the Environmental Resources... (more)

Outlook for Immigration Reform Dims in Senate, Brightens in House

U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The outlook for immigration reform in the new Senate dimmed further with the appointment of strong immigration reform opponents to key posts on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In addition, many of those new Senators elected last fall are leaning against or against immigration reform. But more newly elected Representatives in the House seem to favor immigration reform... (more)

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3/7/2015
Northeast Regional Christmas Tree Growers Meeting & Trade Show

3/9/2015
"Protecting our Water from Pesticide Contamination" and "Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in Turfgrass

3/9/2015
Webinar - Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Overview of Villanova's Research

3/10/2015 » 3/11/2015
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3/10/2015
Tree Canopy Conference: Preserving Trees in our Communities