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Ron Hall

Sustainability Revisited in Portland
By Ron Hall/Editor-in-chief
The significance of sustainability in the landscape industry varies widely from region to region within the United States and Canada. Where I live in a rural northwest Ohio discussions about sustainability in relation to the landscape/lawn service industry don't come up very often, mostly because the region is dominated by thousands of acres corn and soybeans, and not urban landscapes and lawns.

In Portland and the Pacific Northwest, however, sustainability is a big deal. I knew that before attending the recent Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) conference in Portland earlier this month. Even so, during my short visit to Portland I greatly appreciated being reminded of just how strong a trend it is there. Read More

TURF SCIENCE:

Bayer CropScience Celebrates Opening of New Development Facilities, Laboratories
Bayer CropScience celebrated the opening of its new Development North America facilities and laboratories this past week. Read More

Valent Professional Products Hires Rod Marquardt as National Accounts Manager
Taking the next step in a career that has led him from the grain elevators of the Canadian prairie to the Turks & Caicos Islands and back again to the North American mainland, Rod Marquardt has joined Valent Professional Products as national accounts manager. Read More

MultiGuard Protect Nematicide Expands Distribution Network
Agriguard Company, LLC has announced sales and distribution expansion for its MultiGuard Protect contact nematicide. Read More

Katana Herbicide Receives Expanded EPA Registration for Sports Turf and Residential Spot Treatment
Katana Turf Herbicide from PBI/Gordon Corporation received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval on expanded labeling for use on professionally managed sports turf and as a spot weed treatment on residential turf. Read More

Hydro-Scape Named Southern California Distributor of Pharmgrade
Hydro-Scape Products, Inc., has been named the exclusive Southern California distributor of Pharmgrade, a top line of fertilizers that includes organic liquid products. Read More

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INDUSTRY NEWS:

TruGreen's First-Quarter Results "Disappointing"
The ServiceMaster Company, one of the world's largest residential service networks, has announced preliminary unaudited first-quarter 2013 results, including operating revenue of $608 million, a decline of 7.1 percent compared to the same period in 2012. Read More

MRM Editorial Director Larry Aylward Honored
Larry Aylward, editorial director of Moose River Media (MRM), earned the inaugural Plant Health Writer of the Year Award at the annual conference of the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) on May 9. Read More

Margaret Frith Dies; Wife of Lawn Doctor's Russ Frith
Margaret Frith, wife of Lawn Doctor founder Russ Frith and mother of CEO Scott Frith died April 27 in Florida. Read More

Turfgrass Specialist Receives Clemson's Top Agriculture Honor
Bert McCarty has been named the 2012 recipient of Clemson University's highest agricultural honor: the Godley-Snell Award for Excellence in Agricultural Research. Read More

John Deere Introduces GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards
John Deere announces the launch of the GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program, which rewards loyal John Deere customers and helps them manage their equipment more easily and cost-effectively. Read More

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Bill Banning Ethanol Wins Support from Maine House
The Maine House took a decisive stance against blending ethanol into gasoline, giving initial approval to a bill that would ban the corn-based additive from motor fuel if two other New England states pass similar laws. Read More

Actor and Philanthropist Paul Walker and Reach Out Worldwide Visit STIHL, Inc.
Actor and philanthropist Paul Walker recently visited the Virginia Beach, Va., headquarters of STIHL, Inc. to thank the company for its support of his relief organization Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), a network of professionals with first-responder skill sets. Read More

PLANET Announces National Come Alive Outside Sales Workshop in June
PLANET has partnered with JP Horizons to host a national sales training and business building workshop at the acclaimed Gibbs Gardens, in Atlanta, Ga., June 13-14. Read More

Top Care Wins CLEAN Award from Missouri Propane Education & Research Council
Top Care, a landscape contractor in Fenton, Mo., has won a CLEAN (Community Leadership in Environmental Awareness Now) Award from the Missouri Propane Education & Research Council. Read More

Schiller Grounds Care Consolidates Manufacturing Operations
Schiller Grounds Care announced it is consolidating its manufacturing operations. Effective immediately, production at its Norfolk, Neb., facility is being consolidated into two of Schiller's existing operations, Johnson Creek, Wis., and Southampton, Pa. Read More

Scotts LawnService Opens Three New Franchise Locations
The Scotts LawnService continues to expand the Scotts LawnService brand, with new locations soon opening in Casper, Wyo., College Station, Texas, and Keene, N.H. Read More


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