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Texas begins cracking down on invasives
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Several years after an invasive species ban was created in 2005, Texas is beginning to crack down on the sale and distribution of the plants. And due to the plants being listed broadly by species, confusion is arising, says Jim Reaves, Texas Nursery & Landscape Association's director of legislative and regulatory affairs. A recent TNLA member was fined for growing a sterile variety of purple loosestrife, a species on the noxious plant list. More



Record drought at the root of Houston-area trees' deaths
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Texas' historic drought is taking a toll on trees in parks and other public spaces, a problem complicated by restrictions on outdoor water use imposed by Houston-area cities. In Galveston, which banned outdoor watering temporarily before relaxing the restrictions, officials are struggling to protect 8,000 trees planted to replace those killed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. More

New EPA rule could lead to rolling blackouts in Texas
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The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission expressed concern that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service. If implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is not delayed, "I have no doubt in my mind that this rule will result in reliability issues and rolling outages in Texas," Donna Nelson said at the start of the commission's meeting. More



Water woes could cost Texas
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When the Legislature approved a statewide water plan in 1997, then-Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock hailed it as "the heart of our legacy," while its sponsor, Sen. J.E. "Buster" Brown, promised it would provide plentiful supplies of the crucial resource "for our grandchildren and our grandchildren's grandchildren." Then came the Great Drought: Since passage of the landmark 1997 legislation, state funding for water projects has been as scarce as rain in the summer of 2011. More

Texas drought brings forecast for record $5.2 billion in losses
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The blistering drought in Texas has caused an estimated $5.2 billion in crop and livestock losses this agricultural season, a record figure that could still rise, state officials said. AgriLife Extension Service economist David Anderson said field surveys from November 2010 to Aug. 1 this year indicate livestock losses of $2.1 billion and crop losses of $3.1 billion in the state. By the time crops are done being harvested, it might be more. More



Natural Industries breaks ground on Houston facility
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Natural Industries has broken ground on a 20,000 square-foot facility in an office park setting on the north side of Houston that will include a 5,000 square-foot research laboratory. The facility is expected to be completed later this year. "With increasing global demand for our patented microbial products, we have outgrown our lab space," says Boomer Cardinale, marketing director for Natural Industries. More

Staying small, growing big
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Bigger isn't better — that's what Dave Stracka has found in this economy. "A lot of guys try to get as many accounts as they can, and they really don't look at the bottom line, what they are charging or what they are losing, for that matter," says the president of D.S. Enterprises Lawn & Landscaping and Cherry Valley Landscape Center in Rockford, Ill. More



4 tips for conflict-busting conversations in the workplace
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A long-time cashier is offended by something a new manager said during a meeting, and is threatening to leave. And an employee in marketing is furious about being passed over for a promotion in favor of her coworker and is trying to discredit her. These are just a couple of examples of the workplace conflicts that take up 42 percent of the typical manager's time. The trick to moving past these conflicts and on to increased productivity. More

2011 new varieties: Dazzling debuts from California Spring Trials
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Looking for something new to add excitement to your offerings next year? There's no excuse for growing the same old, same old, when you have this comprehensive directory of all the hot new varieties that were introduced at the California Spring Trials. More than 40 companies introduced hundreds of new plants this year. More
 


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