New York State Fair registration is open!
Each year at the Great New York State Fair, NYSNLA has a booth in the John Deere Horticulture Building, giving our Association a chance to share enthusiasm for the green industry.
Be sure to join NYSNLA in Syracuse from August 27 to September 7 for your opportunity to volunteer your time and knowledge in our booth and network with your friends and statewide professionals!
Register early to reserve your preferred volunteer time.
Environmental Beautification Award winners announced
Congratulations to our 2015 Environmental Beautification Award winners. A full list of the winners can be viewed here. Photos of the winning projects will appear in the next issue of Nursery Lines and begin their rotation here on the home page in June.
Winners will also be provided with the Environmental Beautification Award Seal for use in their advertising and will receive one complimentary registration for the 2015 Leadership Forum.
The awards will be presented at the Environmental Beautification Awards Dinner and Nurserymen's Foundation Auction on August 26 at the Genesee Grand Hotel in Syracuse.
Nominations still being accepted
Nominations for the George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture and the NYSNLA Hall of Fame are open through April 30.
NYSNLA accepts nominations for these honors from each region and from the general membership.
Nominations should be submitted in narrative format and include the candidate’s work history and a statement of why he or she is deserving of the honor. They may be mailed to NYSNLA, 136 Everett Road, Albany NY 12205, or emailed to email@example.com. Click here for Gold Medal criteria and here for Hall of Fame criteria.
These awards will be presented on opening day of the New York State Fair, August 27, at tne NYSNLA Court of Honor, located in the John Deere Horticulture Building.
Labels for Invasive Species Act-regulated plants now available
Great news! The state has approved our label design for plants regulated under the new Invasive Species Regulations. Starting now, all NYSNLA members may download these labels for use on such plants in their inventories. Downloadable copies of the labels, along with a summary of the regulations and the affected species, are available on our Advocacy Page.
What our members say ...
Our company attended a LINLA event five years ago where we were reacquainted with a customer we had not worked with for quite a while. Our conversation with that customer led to an opportunity that completely changed the direction and focus of our company for the better. I can't put a price on what that conversation meant to the success of our business.
Be sure to check out our Education Calendar regularly to find professional development opportunities in your region and around the state. And, check our our Events Calendar to learn about meetings and networking opportunities.
Register now for our next webinar, April 23
"Navigating the Fair Labor Standards Act in the Landscaping Industry" is the subject of NYSNLA's next free webinar on Thursday, April 23, at 8 am.
Our expert from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division will explain requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and share his experience surrounding the most common issues in the industry. He will address issues arising from regular rate, salary exempt and not-exempt employees, hours worked, and record keeping, and address a number of frequently asked questions. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.
Aristoteles Rodriguez has been an investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor for many years and was previously an investigator with the New York State Department of Labor -- Division of Labor Standards. Mr. Rodriguez is part of the department’s Albany District /Hudson Valley Area Office, assigned specifically to conduct outreach within the landscaping industry.
This webinar, which comes with CNLP credits, is free to NYSNLA member businesses, but registration is required. The registration deadline is noon on Wednesday, April 22. Click here to register.
If you missed our winter QuickBooks webinars with Monica Mitchell Muir -- or you didn't miss them but would like to review the material -- Monica has recordings, handouts and other resources available here. Materials from both webinars are now available.
Also, the slides from Heidi Mortensen's March 2015 webinar on "Hot New Perennials for 2015" can be downloaded here. Be sure you're logged into NYSNLA.com first.
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