July 3, 2012

TURF BIZ NOTES:

Ron Hall

The OPEI at 60 Years More Vital
Than Ever

By Ron Hall, editor-in-chief
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is 60 years old this year. Here's a tip of the cap to the international trade association that represents the manufacturers and suppliers of consumer and commercial outdoor power equipment. Read More


TURF SCIENCE:

TGIF Crosses the 50 Percent Threshold for
Full-Text Availability

The Turfgrass Information File has passed a truly significant milestone, with half of all TGIF records now linking to full-text of the item. Read More

FMC Announces Summer Rebate for Dismiss CA Herbicide
FMC Professional Solutions is offering California turf professionals a summer rebate promotion of $20 per bottle on Dismiss CA herbicide (one bottle treats 2 acres). Read More

Ash Borer Spreading Rapidly While Funds to
Fight it Dry Up

Numbers of emerald ash borer have increased greatly this month in Wisconsin, underscoring the growing influence it is having on the state's landscape since first detected in 2008. Read More

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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

The Official "Did You Ever Wonder Why?"
Lawn Care Thread

Members of LawnSite.com share their most-burning questions. Read More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Rain Bird Announces Controller Give-Away During Smart Irrigation Month
In honor of Smart Irrigation Month, Rain Bird will be conducting a sweepstakes on its Facebook page, awarding a new Rain Bird ESP-SMT Smart Control System and a new Rain Bird SST-1200s Smart Controller to Facebook fans each week during the month. Read More

The Grounds Guys Celebrate Veterans Small Business Independence Day
On June 28, The Grounds Guys and its parent company, The Dwyer Group, helped celebrate Veterans Small Business Independence Day, a national event celebrated by over 60 companies in 12 cities. Read More

Brouwer Company Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Forty years ago, Gerry Brouwer revolutionized the way sod was harvested around the world. This year, the company celebrates its 40th anniversary. Read More

New Jersey Law Driving Up Lawn Care Costs
Homeowners are now facing an adversary that's tougher than any dandelion: the 2011 New Jersey Fertilizer Law, which was designed to prevent excess runoff of excess nutrients into streams, rivers and bays, and also drives up fertilizer prices. Read More

PGMS Site Visit to Focus on Best Practices,
Dynamic Site Tours

The Professional Grounds Management Society will be focusing its 2012 Summer Regional Grounds Management Seminar & Site Visit on best practices, taught through educational programs led by professionals in the green industry, and through dynamic site tours. Read More

Small Businesses in Arizona Worry After Immigration Ruling
The Supreme Court ruling on immigration is igniting fears among local officials that Arizona might be boycotted, dealing an economic blow to local business and employees. Read More

OPEI Announces 2012-2013 Officers and Directors
The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute has announced its 2012-2013 Officers and Board of Directors during its 60th Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 20-22, 2012. Read More

Reinders & Spring Valley Partner Up
Reinders, Inc. is now the exclusive master distributor of Spring Valley branded fertilizer and ice melt products for Wisconsin, and it will assume responsibility for all direct sales efforts and deliveries previously provided by Spring Valley. Read More

Loans and Leases for Equipment Increased in May
U.S. companies borrowed more in May, mainly to replace equipment, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. Read More

Sanctions Now in Effect for S.C. Businesses that
Don't Use E-Verify

Starting July 1, businesses across South Carolina will face immediate penalties if they don't check the legal status of new employees through E-verify. Read More


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