Ask Your Federal Representatives to Increase H-2B Cap in Omnibus Spending Bill
Reach out to your federal representatives to ask them to include an H-2B returning worker exemption or other cap relief as part of its fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill! As of December 11, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security reported that it has processed petitions for nearly 27,000 H-2B workers for the first half of fiscal 2018.
Dr. Jerry Parsons Receives TNLA Honorary Lifetime Membership Award
The Texas Nursery & Landscape Association was pleased to present Dr. Parsons of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award at the TNLA Region I November meeting for his dedicated service and contributions to the Texas Green Industry.
Nursery/Landscape EXPO Moves to San Antonio 2018-2024
The Texas Nursery & Landscape Association announced that it will host its Tradeshow, the Nursery/Landscape EXPO in San Antonio for the next seven years.
TreeTown USA to Acquire Village Nurseries
TNLA Member, TreeTown USA has acquired Village Nurseries a specialty grower for landscape professionals, re-wholesalers and retailers based in California.
H-2B Cap Reached for 2017
The 2017 H-2B cap of 66,000 temporary workers has been reached. No new applications with start dates before October 1, 2017 are being accepted.
TNLA Joins Eminent Domain Coalition
Although some changes have been made to Texas' eminent domain policies in recent years, much work is needed to even the playing field for private property owners. TNLA is committed to protecting Members' rights and has joined forces with organizations across the State to work towards fair property rights policies.
Boxwood Blight Continues to Spread Across the United States
Illinois is the most recent state to confirm a case of boxwood blight, although the disease has been spreading for years. It's important to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disease and to begin utilizing management practices to decrease the chance of its spread.
TNLA Receives AgriLife Extension Partnership Award
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presented TNLA with a 2017 Partnership Award for the Association's endeavors to educate green industry growers, retailers, service providers, consumers and students. This is the second time TNLA has received the Partnership Award.
TNLA's Efforts to Build the Green Industry Workforce
For many years, having a qualified, reliable workforce has been a concern in the Texas Green Industry. TNLA has been cultivating relationships with organizations in order to increase interest and training for horticultural careers.
The Rusty Patch Bumble Bee is added to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Endangered Species List
In 2017 the rusty patch bumble bee became the first bumble bee species to be added to the Endangered Species List. Other species of bees have been added, but this addition was particularly worrying to many environmentalists and horticulturalists.
Horticultural Research Institute Releases Best Management Practices for Bee Health
Protection of pollinators, especially bees, is crucial for the continuing health of the Green Industry, and our ecosystems. The Horticultural Research Institute has created Best Management Practices based off scientific research to help the horticulture industry protect bees.
H2-B Cap for the First Half of 2017 is Reached
As of January 12, 2017 the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H2-B worker visa cap for the first half of 2017. The USCIS will not be accepting new applications for workers until after April 1, 2017.
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