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10/17/2014 - Swanson Russell Promotes Three in Lincoln Office

LINCOLN, Neb. - Swanson Russell announces the promotion of Nate Custard, Jordan Kaiser and Taryn Liess in its Lincoln office. A native of Elmwood, Nebraska, Custard was promoted to senior writer/producer. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism degree. Custard joined Swanson Russell in 2011 and after leaving to take a position with another agency in Lincoln,...


10/17/2014 - National Lawn Care Summit Planned for December

HERNDON, Virginia - The Professional Landcare Network and the National Pest Management Association will co-host the national Lawn Care Summit, Dec. 3-5, 2014, in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Charlie Hall of Texas A&M University, the event's keynote speaker, will offer insight about the future of the industry, the economic forecast as it relates to consumer purchasing, how to adapt to economic cycles,...


Project EverGreen and Ruppert Nurseries Help Restore Historic Union Station Garden  - WASHINGTON, D.C. - In celebration of...

10/17/2014 - Project EverGreen and Ruppert Nurseries Help Restore Historic Union Station Garden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Union Station's Columbus Plaza recently received a complete face lift. Project EverGreen, partnering with Ruppert Nurseries, the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and the National Park Service, joined together to organize and support station partners and community volunteers in a large-scale effort to restore and renew the Columbus...


10/16/2014 - ICC and ASABE Announce New Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler Standard

The International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announce the release of a new ANSI consensus standard to classify sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, set uniform testing procedures and establish minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components. The ASABE/ICC 802-2014 Landscape...


10/16/2014 - Legislative Alert: Ask Congress to Support Helpful Pollinator Legislation

Over the past year or so, much of the blame for the loss of managed bee colonies has been attributed to the use of neonicotinoids. Recently, 60 House Democrats sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking for tighter restrictions on neonicotinoid products. However, general scientific consensus is emerging that the Varroa mite, in association with a range of honeybee viruses,...


10/16/2014 - Hustler Turf Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Dealer Event

HESSTON, Kan. - Hustler Turf hosted an event in Orlando, Florida, to mark the company's 50th anniversary. In 1964, Hustler Turf introduced the world's first zero-turn mower and is currently one of the leading turf care brands in the world. Hustler personnel, dealers and suppliers gathered for three days of celebration, fun, prizes and a look into the future. Hustler executives delivered presentations...


10/16/2014 - STIHL, Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - STIHL, Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of manufacturing in the U.S. What began with fewer than 50 employees assembling one model of chain saw in a rented warehouse in 1974 has grown into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Today, STIHL, Inc. manufactures more than 275 model variations,...


10/16/2014 - Kubota to Sponsor Alan Jackson's 2015 Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Kubota Tractor Corporation is joining Alan Jackson's 25-year career celebration. The industry-leading tractor and equipment company has signed on as a sponsor of the country superstar's upcoming 2015 tour. The multi-platinum selling Grammy winner, fresh off playing the first of his two sold-out Artist-In-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's CMA Theater,...


10/14/2014 - IrriGreen, Inc. Announces Three New Board Members

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - IrriGreen, Inc., developer and manufacturer of the IrriGreen GeniusIrrigation System, announced that three business executives have joined its board of directors. The three new board members are Jack Judd, Carl Hung and Andy Vander Woude. Judd is chief financial officer of Proto Labs, Inc. Judd previously served as CFO for both Compellent Technologies and ATS Medical, Inc....


10/14/2014 - Mowing's Profound Impact on Our Industry

Ron Hall, Editor-at-Large
The phenomenal growth of commercial mowing is the biggest change I've seen in the contractor market in the 30 years that I have been reporting on the industry. Let me clarify what I mean by the terms "phenomenal growth" and "commercial mowing". By commercial mowing I mean mowing for money by companies or individuals that identify themselves, even if loosely, as professionals. The properties they...


Social Media Means Getting Social in Your Community, Too - A lot of times when I talk about social media, localized Intern...

10/14/2014 - Social Media Means Getting Social in Your Community, Too

Wendy Komancheck
A lot of times when I talk about social media, localized Internet marketing and geographic audiences, I'm talking about blogs, Web content and Facebook. There's another facet of social media that's too often overlooked: getting out into your community and doing some good. For example, over the past few weeks my local newspapers have contained special inserts labeled "Home and Garden",...


10/13/2014 - U.S. Lawns Featured in Franchise Players

ORLANDO, Fla. - Entrepreneur chose Steve Ferguson, U.S. Lawns franchisee in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to get his insights into why an entrepreneur would choose a franchise. Ferguson started in the landscape industry at a young age, working at a nursery during high school. With that background, after college, he started his own residential lawn care business working out of his garage. When he decided...


10/13/2014 - OPEI Announces Key Speakers for GIE+EXPO

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As GIE+EXPO 2014 shapes up to be the largest ever, attendees will find an abundance of educational opportunities. Just added to the lineup are three sessions sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI). "One of the biggest benefits for attendees is the opportunity to hear inspiring speakers that can help them grow their businesses. OPEI is pleased to sponsor...


10/13/2014 - Takeuchi Announces Bennett Equipment as Newest Dealer in S.C.

ATLANTA, Ga. - Takeuchi-US has announced Bennett Equipment & Supply. Co. as their newest dealer in South Carolina. Located in Piedmont, South Carolina, they will carry the full line of Takeuchi compact earthmoving equipment, including compact excavators, compact track loaders, compact wheel loaders and skid steer loaders. Founded in 2000, Bennett Equipment is a locally owned full line construction...


10/13/2014 - Ontario Officials Take Aim at Neonics

TORONTO - Gord Miller recently took dead aim at the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Canada. Miller is the Ontario environmental commissioner. He made the comments shortly after the release of his recent annual report. Miller is quoted October 7 in the Toronto Sun, one of Canada's largest newspapers, as describing neonictinoids as "the biggest threat to the structure and ecological integrity...


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