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The state of the nursery business
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Growers have experienced the worst of times over the past couple of years. If you visited any nurseries this past growing season, you've probably seen more weeds than ever before. Where once there was nursery stock, you now see bare ground, weeds or other crops like corn, beans or even zinnias as a you-cut crop. More

Drought opens door to new invasive weed varieties
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Cattle raisers buying out-of-state hay could be setting themselves up for an invasive weed nightmare in years to come, an unexpected complication caused by the devastating drought across Texas. So warns Dr. Barron Rector, associate professor and Extension range specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension Service. More

How to get your new Ag/Timber registration from the Comptroller
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Under a new state law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, commercial agriculture or timber producers will need an Ag/Timber Number issued by the Comptroller's office to make eligible sales tax-exempt purchases for their business beginning Jan. 1. Who this affects: If you produce agricultural or timber products for sale in the regular course of business, the new law will require you to have an Ag/Timber Number for eligible sales tax-exempt purchases. More

Irrigation filtration 101
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In many cases, the success or failure of a filtration system is determined before water is even pumped into the system. If the wrong product is selected or if the equipment is sized incorrectly, the filtration system will generally not provide optimum performance. More maintenance is usually required, and water and energy resources may not be used efficiently. More

Texas trees struggle through drought
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This summer was not only devastatingly hot, but incredibly damaging to Texas trees. While estimates of how many of our area trees will be lost are difficult, many of the Dallas area's green spaces will not be the same. An organization charged by its mission with shepherding and protecting our trees, Texas Trees Foundation is a familiar name for those involved with green initiatives. More

Texas needs to get with the clean-air program
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Texas is a massive polluter: It leads the nation in nitrogen oxide emissions and is second only to Ohio in emissions of sulfur dioxide. We have more coal-fired plants (the largest contributors to greenhouse gases) than any other state. And we are the only state in the nation not to comply with EPA rulings. More

Update on H2B wage legislation
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The new language of the bill completely prohibits implementation, administration or enforcement of the new wage rule until Jan. 1. This contains the powerful proscriptive language that was recommended by the H2B community; however, it also provides for an additional month delay, which could provide the judges deciding the litigation another month in which to issue a ruling. More

Immigration from Mexico in fast retreat, data show
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North of the U.S.-Mexico border, Republican presidential candidates are talking tough on illegal immigration, with one proposing — perhaps in jest — an electrified fence to deter migrants. But data from both sides of the border suggest that illegal immigration from Mexico is already in fast retreat, as U.S. job shortages, tighter border enforcement and the frightening presence of criminal gangs on the Mexican side dissuade many from making the trip. More

3 heucheras to consider for 2012
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The National Garden Bureau has proclaimed 2012 as the Year of the Heuchera. To celebrate heuchera throughout 2012, here's a look at heuchera varieties from Green Leaf Plants. More

What's not working: Impersonal communications
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When major box stores announce reductions in store square footage, that change reflects the time-starved consumer's desire for a more compact, shoppable environment. For us, that means eliminating the springtime jungle of flats, 4-inch and overhead baskets. If she can't find her way through the jungle, she buys less or, worse still, buys nothing. Our 10-year mantra of more varieties and more selection has bitten us on the retail butt. More

Turf war? Glendale, Calif., bans fake grass
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The city of Glendale, Calif., is imposing a ban on artificial grass. Notices are going out to homeowners whose front yards are covered in turf. Geneva Dotson says she was forced to pay crews $3,000 to rip up her brand new front yard after receiving a notice from city hall. More

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