Wednesday is LAST DAY for hotel group rate for TNLA Business Management Workshop
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. Visit www.tnlaonline.org to find out more and register for this information-rich, boost-the-bottom-line workshop! Don't miss the early bird pricing deadline! More
Holiday procrastination: Does it mean a big weekend for you?
Green Profit Share
Do you have all your holiday shopping done yet? If not, you can take some solace in the fact you aren't alone. A recently conducted National Research Federation survey found that most shoppers still have more than half of their shopping to wrap up (53.5 percent, to be exact) between now and the big days. And it turns out 16.5 percent hadn't started their holiday shopping as of last week. More
It's time to renew your TNLA Certification
If your TNLA Certification expires Dec. 31, 2011, don't forget to renew! Contact Marisol Ybarra at 512-579-3866 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance renewing.
Garden trends for 2012
American Nurseryman Share
In today's world where news travels at the click of a mouse, people are finding balance and purpose tapping into the power of plants and cultivating a "new good life." Recent garden trends unveiled at the FloraHolland Trade Fair focused upon the benefits of plants as the 3 V's: Vital, Vogue and Voyage. Plants are necessary for health (Vital); for their versatility and ability to elicit emotions (Vogue); and for their cross cultural influence (Voyage). More
'Crazy ants' invading sections of state
Some say Austin has always had its share of "crazies," but now they're coming in the form of crawling ants that resemble spiders. The breed, known as Caribbean or Raspberry "crazy ants" are invading Central Texas, according to entomologists with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Crazy ants get their name from their erratic movements. More
High court to review tough Arizona immigration law
The Associated Press via Google News Share
The Supreme Court stepped into the fight over a tough Arizona law that requires local police to help enforce federal immigration laws pushing the court deeper into hot, partisan issues of the 2012 election campaign. The court's election-year docket now contains three politically charged disputes, including President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and Texas redistricting. More
Sign up today for 2012-13 TNLA membership
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 email@example.com.
Growers offered free soil testing
AgriLife Today Share
Farmers in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties are encouraged to take part in a free soil testing program to help the environment and their bottom lines, according to officials with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. The program started in October and will extend through the spring. More
Texas' economic outlook: Slow and risk-filled
Houston Chronicle Share
Texas' economy is moving more fully into recovery with job growth and higher-than-expected tax revenues, but the risk of a new recession remains, the state comptroller said. Giving measured hope to those battered by the economy, State Comptroller Susan Combs said that "the most likely scenario continues to be one of slow, steady recovery from the worst recession in our state since World War II." More
Peat: Is supply to US going global?
Greenhouse Grower Share
The Canadian peat shortage has led to the emergence of new suppliers to U.S. growers. One of those suppliers is Klasmann-Deilmann, a European-based producer that's partnered with ForemostCo to deliver a new peat product to the U.S. market. Klasmann-Deilmann officially began planning its entry into the U.S. market long before this year's peat shortage. More
Texas approves plan assessing future water needs
Bloomberg Businessweek Share
Texas approved a somberly worded plan that lays out where the state should spend $53 billion to cope with its water needs over the next half century, and warns that future droughts may mean not enough supply to keep up with growing demand. The 295-page report by the Texas Water Development Board says that to avoid a potentially thirsty future, the state should implement 562 infrastructure and conservation projects. More
Ozone pollution spiked in Texas this year
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Share
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 is allowed by federal air-quality standards. All told, Dallas-Fort Worth violated ozone standards on more days this year 32 so far than anywhere else in Texas, including the greater Houston area. More