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Ron Hall

KISS Over Complexity
By Ron Hall/Editor-in-chief
In reading the book "Currency Wars" by James Rickards this past weekend, I came across something called "complexity theory." I found it fascinating and I think it has meaning for us as businesspeople and as service providers. And, I think we can take comfort that the vast majority of us needn't worry about the consequences of the complexity theory, at least in terms of our companies or our industry. Read More

Next Big Fiscal Deadline Has Implications for All
By Craig Regelbrugge/ANLA
As the next big fiscal deadline draws near, members of Congress of both parties are testing the waters of public sentiment and considering options for the scheduled deep federal spending cuts known as "sequestration." The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) now calculates that sequestration will require an annual reduction of roughly 5 percent for nondefense discretionary government programs and roughly 8 percent for defense programs. Read More

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TURF SCIENCE:

Imprellis Herbicide Damage Claims Keep Climbing
Bloomberg news reports that DuPont Co. on Feb. 11 won a federal judge's approval to settle class-action claims that its Imprellis herbicide damaged trees at tens of thousands of homes and golf courses. Read More

Scotts Reports First Quarter Results
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company recently reported results for its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 29, 2012. Read More

Mae Council Joins Dow AgroSciences T&O Team
Mae Council has joined the Dow AgroSciences Turf & Ornamental team as a sales representative, replacing Scott Potter, who is retiring after 40 years of service. Read More

Bayer CropScience Announces Gilles Galliou as President of Environmental Science Division North America
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, has appointed Gilles Galliou as president of the Environmental Science division North America at Bayer CropScience. Read More

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IN YOUR OWN WORDS:

Should I Let Employees Make Important Choices?
LawnSite.com members discuss whether or not to allow employees to make judgment calls in terms of start time, lunch breaks and more, or come up with a strict handbook as company policy. Find Out More

INDUSTRY NEWS:

Kohler Engines Issues Media Advisory: Pay Attention at the Gas Pump!
Leading engine manufacturers, including Kohler Engines, are warning users of all gasoline-powered lawn mowers and other outdoor power equipment to be vigilant when fueling their equipment. Gasoline blends containing more than 10 percent ethanol, such as E15 and E85, should not be used. Read More

Richard Hunter Retires: Greg Hunter Promoted to President
Richard Hunter, after 19 years as president and CEO of Hunter Industries, is retiring. Effective immediately, the Hunter Board of Directors has appointed Greg Hunter president. Read More

Ruppert Landscape's President Chris Davitt to Retire in 2014
Chris Davitt, president of Ruppert Landscape, has announced that he will retire from his position in January 2014, but he will remain with the company in an active advisory role with the management team and will serve on the company's advisory board. Read More

Five Collegiate Students Receive Scholarships from PGMS
The Professional Grounds Management Society has announced its 2013 collegiate scholarship recipients. Read More

Rain Bird "Toss the Tool" Campaign Hitting its Mark
Landscape pros are making sport out of throwing away their sprinkler adjustment tools with Rain Bird's "Toss the Tool" online campaign. Read More

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Kim Lewey Named 2013 Enterprising Women Of The Year Awards Winner
Kim Lewey, co-owner of Lewey Landscaping & LawnCare, has been named one of the winners of the 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards in the "Up to $1 million in annual sales revenue" category. Read More

Celebrity Landscaper Ahmed Hassan Teams With Shindaiwa
Beginning with the upcoming Shindaiwa Fleet Week Event, celebrity landscaper Ahmed Hassan becomes the face of the Shindaiwa brand. Read More

Coxreels Announces 90th Year Anniversary of Manufacturing in the USA
Coxreels, a third-generation family-owned and operated business, will observe 2013 as a time to remember its strong and loyal customers, the many achievements of the past, celebrate its accomplishments of today, and look forward to a successful future. Read More

Irrigation Association to Partner with IPPCA, ARCSA for 2013 Irrigation Show & Education Conference
The Irrigation Association has announced a continued partnership with the International Professional Pond Companies Association as well as a new agreement with the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association for the 2013 Irrigation Show and Education Conference in Austin, Texas, Nov. 4 - 8. Read More

Dixie Chopper Enters Canadian Market
Dixie Chopper has announced its entry into the Canadian market. Through this arrangement, the company's full product line of commercial and residential zero-turn lawn mowers, parts and accessories will be sold and serviced by a network of certified dealers throughout Canada. Read More


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