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Sign up today for 2012-13 TNLA membership
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Take advantage of this opportunity to pay your 2012 -2013 TNLA membership dues in three monthly payments! Payments must start in December 2011 and will end no later than Feb. 16, 2012. Use the Business Member Rate Table to calculate your total dues payment and set your payments. To participate in this payment plan, you will need to send the completed credit card authorization form back to TNLA no later than Dec. 26. If you need assistance, please contact Marisol Ybarra at 512-579-3866 or More

Earlybird registration ends Dec. 21 for TNLA Business Management Workshop
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Increase productivity, create effective marketing materials, and reach customers faster, smarter, better! Charge into 2012 with the latest ideas and tools to help you leverage your business, empower you to make strategic changes, and get the results you want. The 2012 Workshop will feature Ron Rosenberg and Terry Brock. Rosenberg is a nationally recognized, award-winning marketing and customer service expert who will give you the "Inner Secrets of Outrageous Marketing." Brock, a practical, hard-hitting, fun (and funny!) presenter will show you how to use technology to build strong customer relationships.

Visit to find out more and register for this information-rich, boost-the-bottom-line workshop! Don't miss the early bird pricing deadline!

Rose torture: Texas heat yields better varieties for research
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At least one person admits that the extreme heat in Texas this year was beneficial. But all the same, he'd opt next time for a handmade torture chamber. "Some people will complain about the heat, but from my viewpoint as a breeder, I love stress," said Dr. David Byrne, Texas AgriLife Research rose breeder. More

Help ANLA stop H-2B program
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ANLA continues to actively oppose the H-2B wage rule and the March 18 proposed H-2B rule. As you know, on Nov. 18, President Barack Obama signed into law a spending bill for the Departments of Agriculture, Justice and other Departments. The law keeps the government funded through Dec. 16. It also prevents the Department of Labor from implementing the H-2B wage rule prior to Jan. 1. More

Boxwood blight found in Connecticut
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In October, boxwood blight (Cylindrocladium pseudonaviculatum) was positively identified in Connecticut. This is the first confirmed incidence of boxwood blight in the United States. According to USDA APHIS, the disease was almost simultaneously identified in North Carolina and Virginia as well. More

East Texas Christmas tree farmers protect trees from drought
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One of the unfortunate side effects of getting such little rain over the summer is affecting one of many families' favorite Christmas traditions — getting a live Christmas tree. "We literally put sprinklers on large tripods and moved the sprinklers around the farm, and it was an all-day long, into-the-night kind of watering system," said Kama Bozeman, owner of Yesterland Farm in Canton. More

LCRA drought plan approved by TCEQ
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved a Lower Colorado River Authority request to cut Highland Lakes water to downstream farmers next year if prolonged rain doesn't come and drought conditions don't improve significantly. The unanimous decision allows LCRA to cut off water from the Highland Lakes to farmers in the Gulf Coast and lakeside irrigation divisions if the lakes contain less than 850,000 acre-feet of water on March 1. More

Denton County Master Gardeners want your feedback
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If you live in North Texas, Denton County Master Gardeners would like your feedback on what survived in your garden and landscape this past year. Did you have a Texas native give up in the heat? Did you have a surprise or two that seemed to perform well under the dry and hot conditions? They'd like to know about it! They are compiling this information in hopes of helping North Texans make better plant buying decisions for the future. Check here to see the results, or you may provide your email in the survey.

Here is the online survey. Please complete it by Jan. 31. Thank you for participating!

Farmers skeptical as leaders pitch possible labor alternatives
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The winter has brought a temporary lull in the farm labor shortage caused by Alabama's tough immigration law, but the clock is ticking fast. John McMillan, the commissioner of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries presided over a conference designed to help farmers find workers for their fields. Farmers have voiced among the loudest complaints since the state's immigration law took effect in October. More

Perennials bring pizzazz to containers
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The same question is asked around garden centers again and again each spring, "Can I put this in the shade?" as your customer points to the never-ending sea of tempting sun annual container designs. The answer is always no as you guide them to the shade section: impatiens, impatiens, some coleus with begonias and then MORE impatiens. More

Make a fun, how-to video customers will watch
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VideoBrief Ken Lain, owner of Watters Garden Center in Prescott, Ariz., has a way with a camera. In a YouTube video, he shows that pruning perennials like Russian sage is easy. He keeps it short, he uses humor and demystifies pruning for a basic gardener. And more than 3,000 people have watched it. More

A look back on 2011 sales
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More than 100 readers took a recent survey with questions about their 2011 sales and their sales expectations for next year. Looking back on 2011, the majority of those surveyed (61 percent) say their sales were up this year compared to 2010. More

2011 proving to be bad year for Texas air quality
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Nestled near subdivisions north of Fort Worth stands equipment that measures air pollutants. On 26 days this year, readings at the site showed higher concentrations of lung-damaging ozone than allowed by federal air-quality standards. All told, Dallas-Fort Worth violated ozone standards on more days this year than anywhere else in Texas, including the greater Houston area. More


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