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Hays County added to emergency quarantine for formosan termite
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Researchers at Texas A&M University recently found a Formosan subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus infestation in Hays County. This addition will increase the list of quarantined counties to a total of 31. Note: Travis County is already under quarantine. TDA filed an emergency rule with the Texas Register on June 27 adding Hays County to the list of quarantined areas for Formosan termite, effective immediately. More

Sales tax exemptions for items used to enhance availability of water
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The exemption applies to equipment, supplies and services used solely for certain types of water conservation. For the purpose of this exemption, "solely" means the equipment, services or supplies are used exclusively for the reason stated. More

Across Texas, athletic fields suffer in drought
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The two practice fields used by high school football teams here still look green, but perhaps not for long. This Central Texas town banned outdoor irrigation using city water last week, so workers have laid hundreds of feet of pipe from the fields to an old well. No one is sure how much water the well may hold. More

July is Smart Irrigation Month
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It's not too late to get involved. Regardless of your organization's size or focus, IA has easy-to-implement resources to help you participate. Download tools from the Smart Irrigation Month web site today. More

Outdoor fireplaces loaded with opportunities for higher margins and profits
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Let's start with a word of caution. If you've never offered this service, then by all means start small. On one hand, a fire pit or fireplace is a fantastic add-on, loaded with opportunities for higher margins and profits. On the other hand, however, there's potential for an inexperienced contractor to lose money if not designed correctly. More

EPA rules will cost Texans money
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It's no secret that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Texas have had their share of disagreements regarding the best way to promote clean air and secure Texas' energy future. Reasonable people often have legitimate differences about the path toward achieving laudable goals. However, a recently intimated agency action poses a direct and imminent threat to Texas' economic success. More

'Desertscaping' thrives in El Paso's extreme heat
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Take a drive around any of El Paso's housing developments, and you'll notice less green and more earthtones. That's because a growing number of homeowners in the sun city find that keeping their lawns green is costing them too much green. That's thanks in big part to the current extreme drought. More

EPA to further scrutinize pesticides
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to obtain information on nanoscale materials in pesticide products. Under the requirements of the law, the EPA will gather information on what nanoscale materials are present in pesticide products to determine whether the registration of a pesticide may cause unreasonable adverse effects on the environment and human health. The proposed policy will be open for public comment. More

Drought reveals Texas-tough plants in landscape
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Weather conditions during the last several months have been tough on plants. The following are a few examples of landscape plants that have earned this writer's 2011 Energizer Bunny Performance Award for withstanding harsh growing conditions and delivering color to the landscape under duress. More

Drought and the garden
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For the last several weeks, we have been looking at ways to help make our landscapes more able to withstand the effects of drought, and to be more efficient in using irrigation water. Earth-Kind, an environmental stewardship program of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, includes water conservation as one its main objectives. To help reach that goal, it pulls together seven principles to help develop a water-efficient landscape. More

Grower groups organize protest of E-Verify
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Society of American Florists and Western Growers Association are joining the Coalition for Immigration Reform in lobbying Congress to scuttle the current version of the E-Verify immigration bill. The group wants growers to visit their Congress members in Washington and at their home offices. More

New technologies help distributors deter warehouse theft
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In a recent nine-month-long undercover operation at a warehouse, it was revealed that six long-term, trusted employees were stealing $180,000 worth of product annually. Unfortunately, this type of security breach is not uncommon. More

Plants' economic benefits revealed in white paper
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An important component of America in Bloom's mission is education on the importance of horticulture. Dr. Charles R. Hall, Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, Texas A&M University, Department of Horticultural Sciences and America in Bloom Board member, has written a white paper for AIB called "Plants Bring Communities Together: The Benefits of Human-Plant Interactions." More

Protect your business against Chrysanthemum White Rust
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Are you willing to spend 30 minutes to refresh your information? Sign up for a free Chrysanthemum White Rust educational event presented by ANLA and SAF! CWR is a quarantine-significant pest, so it's particularly important for you to be aware of the steps you can take to avoid the disease in your fall chrysanthemum crop. The webinar will take place multiple times throughout July and August. More

OSHA violations
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Few words strike more uniform fear into the hearts of landscapers than the word "OSHA." Each year, the Department of Labor summarizes the frequency with which OSHA violations occur by industry classification. According to the Department of Labor, the five most frequently cited OSHA violations from October 2009 through September 2010 for the landscape and horticultural services industry group were … More

Retail ready: July is decision time
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Are you going to be open for the summer months or not? The question isn't whether you are going to have the doors open while worn-out staff deadheads plants that have exceeded their saleable life. The question is whether you are going to be open for business with fresh product, focused staff and an inviting shopping environment. More

Shared ownership
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AgriLawn is an employee-owned company with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan or ESOP. According to the ESOP Association’s website, an ESOP is defined as "an employee benefit plan which makes the employees of a company the owners of stock in that company." In the case of AgriLawn, employees attain shares of the company based on their years of service and compensation level. More

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