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TURF BIZ NOTES:
Ron Hall

Ignore the Circus and Stay Focused
By Ron Hall
It's important to stay aware of what's going on around you in terms of legislation, regulation, etc., but don't dwell on the negativity of the noise and don't let it discourage you. Keep your eyes on your goals and on the positive things within your life. Read More

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TURF SCIENCE:

Final Phase of N.J. Fertilizer Law Now in Effect
The third and final phase of a law imposing strict regulations on fertilizer use in New Jersey went into effect on Jan. 5, 2013. Read More

BASF Creates Specialty Products Department
BASF is merging its distinct businesses into one to create the BASF Specialty Products Department (SPD). Read More

XONERATE Receives Approval For Sales, Distribution in Florida
Arysta LifeScience North America has announced that XONERATE herbicide now is approved for sales and distribution in the state of Florida, the 45th state to receive approval on XONERATE. Read More

Nufarm Boosts its Plant Protection Business by Acquiring Cleary Chemical
Nufarm Americas has acquired Cleary Chemical Corporation, a marketer of fungicides, insecticides and plant growth regulators to the turf and ornamental horticulture industries. Read More


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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Cell Phone Use While on the Job
Do you have a cell phone policy for your employees? LawnSite.com members share how they keep their crews on task and off the phone. Read More

New England Grows
INDUSTRY NEWS:

Tesselaar Offers 2013 Gardening Trends and Tips
Anthony Tesselaar, cofounder and president of international plant marketer Tesselaar Plants, shares what he sees are the gardening trends and tips for 2013. Read More

Propane Council Extends Propane Mower Incentive Program into 2013
The Propane Education & Research Council has extended its Propane Mower Incentive Program through 2013, giving landscape contractors another full year to apply for more than $1 million in incentives toward the purchase of new propane-fueled commercial mowers or propane mower conversion kits. Read More

Weed Man Earns Number One Ranking in Lawn Care Category
For a second year in a row, Weed Man USA has earned the number one spot in the lawn care category for Entrepreneur magazine's annual Franchise 500, the world's most comprehensive franchise ranking. Read More

Rain Bird and Michigan Turfgrass Foundation Present Intelligent Use of Water Summit XIII
Rain Bird and Michigan Turfgrass Foundation are partnering to present The Intelligent Use of Water Summit XIII: "Play on! Water Issues in Today's Sport Turf Environment" on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. Read More

Tree Problems? Download Purdue's New Tree Doctor App
Check out the new smartphone app (Purdue Tree Doctor) that will help you diagnose and find recommendations to manage more than 175 tree problems on over 60 kinds of trees. Read More

Stihl Becomes Exclusive Sponsor of First-Responder Group Reach Out Worldwide
Stihl has entered into an agreement to become the exclusive sponsor of Reach Out Worldwide, based in Burbank, Fla. Read More

The Grounds Guys Celebrates Record Growth Year, Franchise 500 Ranking
The Grounds Guys landscape management franchise announced record franchise growth year in 2012, expanding from 37 franchise locations at the end of 2011 to 94 one year later. Read More

NDS Acquires KBI's Irrigation and Landscape Products
NDS, Woodland Hills, Calif., has purchased KBI's PVC and related plastic product lines, including fittings, unions, couplings, swing joints, risers, valves, tools and drains. Read More

Hunter Pro-Spray Challenge Offers Education and Chance to Win an iPad
In an effort to promote education about the recently expanded Pro-Spray line of pop-ups, Hunter is offering a chance to win one of eight iPads by simply participating in a short Pro-Spray tutorial and taking a quiz. Read More

Morbark Acquires Boxer Equipment
Morbark has completed the acquisition of Boxer Equipment, a product line of Mertz Manufacturing, LLC, including all product designs, intellectual property and manufacturing tools, as well as existing parts, completed units and other inventory. Read More

Maine Proposal Seeks to Ban Fuel with More Than 10 Percent Ethanol
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is preparing to wade into a national debate surrounding gasoline blends made up of more than 10 percent ethanol. Read More


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