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Proposed policy changes could hurt industry
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The landscaping industry in the United States could soon be facing severe job losses due to pending labor and environmental policy changes that are being advanced by two separate government agencies in Washington. To bring attention to the matter, organizations such as the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance have been busy raising awareness and creating dialogue about the impact such policies will have on the industry. More

Drought continues to raise concerns about North Texas water supplies
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An unusually hot summer, even by North Texas standards, is draining the area's water supplies faster than normal, prompting the likely implementation of stringent water restrictions across much of the region within weeks. The Tarrant Regional Water District's supply has dropped to about 80 percent of capacity, spokesman Chad Lorance said. More

Making the customer count
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"It’s not about gouging that last customer — that's not what we do," said Lisa Lautenbach, who, along with her husband Earl, runs The Watering Can Flower Market in Vineland, Ontario. Every person that walks through the door is treated as if they're the very first customer, which Lisa says is their No. 1 goal. More

Irrigation meetings planned across the northern Panhandle
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Four meetings highlighting three primary corn irrigation projects in the North Plains have been scheduled in August by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. All meetings will begin at 9 a.m. and are free. More

It's a big week for Texas air quality
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This is a week for Texas to be on pins and needles on the subject of air quality. The Metroplex does not meet federal air quality standards for ground-level ozone pollution, will not meet them this year and faces an almost impossible task in meeting them next year in time for an Environmental Protection Agency deadline. More

Sell your soul
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Our industry faces some big problems. Our customers don't love us like they used to, and our balance sheets are suffering because of it. Plants are less valuable than they were before the recession began. We have slid down the hill of consumer desire, and we're not sure why — or how to reverse that trend. Do we continue to be an "ornamental luxury good" or do we mount a full-out effort to be a "new necessity?" More

Legal immigration increases in Texas, US
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If current trends continue, the federal government will approve nearly 18,000 more applications for citizenship this year than it did in 2010, according to data recently posted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The agency is also likely to deny about 3,300 fewer. During the 2010 fiscal year, the government approved about 619,000 of what it calls the N-400, its application for naturalization. More

Tweeting: 10 marketing mistakes to avoid
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Is your small business effectively using Twitter to market your products or services to existing and potential customers? If not, it should. Aside from Facebook, it's another major tool with marketing power. The popular microblogging site touts a growing membership of nearly 200 million registered users, making Twitter fertile marketing ground to help you attract and retain customers. More

Two garden centers tap into green energy
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Mustard Seed Landscaping and Garden Center in Chaska, Minn., decided to take advantage of the steady, hard winds that the state is known for, the Chaska Herald reports. "This is a cool thing," owner Mark Halla told the paper. "It will power our whole facility." The retailer needed space for the windmill. The 160-foot high turbine sits on a 24- by 24-foot concrete pad that has 2,000 pounds of rebar sunk 7-feet deep. More

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