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Restrictions considered for imported boxwoods
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USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service has informally indicated to ANLA that they have been intercepting several quarantine pests, notably pathogens, on imports of boxwood from various countries. APHIS is exploring restricting buxus imports worldwide until risk assessments are conducted and appropriate mitigation measures are put into place, according to Craig Regelbrugge, ANLA's vice president for government relations and research. More



Groesbeck running out of water
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Groesbeck mayor Jackie Livingston says the town is two weeks away from running out of water and has been given emergency approval to run three miles of pipeline through a state park to draw water from a rock quarry, town and state officials said. Towns throughout Texas have been struggling with dwindling reservoirs and water resources as a historic drought parches the state. More

Texas cities at risk of running out of water
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Eighteen communities across Texas, including the Austin suburbs of Leander and Cedar Park, are on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's "high priority" water list, which covers cities and towns that either could run out of water within six months if nothing changes (like rainfall or a new pipeline connection) or do not know how much water they have remaining. More

3 ideas to change the nursery industry
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Recently, OpenHort posted several articles about "collective marketing," the whole idea of having an industry-wide "got milk?" type of campaign. The general conclusion these posts arrived at was that such an initiative would simply not work as we currently define it. But rather than give up, OpenHort has three ideas that can change the green industry. More

Labor unrest
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The labor situation in the green industry might be summed up this way: lots of clouds, not much hope for silver linings anytime soon. Though many businesses have trimmed their workforce during the economic downturn, the fact remains that farm, nursery, greenhouse and seasonal employers depend significantly on hired labor that wasn't born here and has papers that look better than they really are. More



Is that a weed?
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Plants of all kinds spring to life after a rain or disturbance, but how does one go about identifying what role it plays on the range and how to manage it? On Dec. 1, the final presentation in a series of webinars offered by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service's ecosystem science and management unit will be "Online Resources for Plant ID and Management." More

Home Depot sees holiday growth
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Home Depot has always sold cut Christmas trees, but it wasn't until recently that shoppers at the store could also find all the trimmings — along with the inflatable Santa Claus, PVC reindeer and holiday wreaths to fully deck the halls and the rest of the house. The holiday season, typically the most important for retailers, is Home Depot's slowest of the year. More

Invasive species are a blight on US landscape
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America is under siege — not by a foreign power, but by invasive species slowly working their way across the nation, leaving a sometimes-devastated and often-changed landscape in their wake. Just as Dutch elm disease from Asia removed an iconic tree from the American landscape beginning in the 1940s, the emerald ash borer may conquer the ash tree in coming years. More

Where the candidates stand on immigration
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Michele Bachmann advocates a fence on "every inch" of the Mexican border, while Herman Cain has said he opposes "amnesty in every form." Newt Gingrich has called for "100 percent control of the border," and Rick Perry has defended a Texas law that lets illegal immigrants pay in-state tuition to state colleges. More
 
 


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