NALP National Updates – April

The Advocate is a weekly publication about federal, state, and local public policy issues that is free to NALP members. NALP Deemed “Essential” by DHS — Impacts Throughout the 50 States Last Saturday, the Landscape Industry received the good news that “landscapers” were deemed essential by the Federal Government on version two of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “Guidance …

MDAR Pesticide Exams Bulletin

On March 10, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration declared a state of emergency due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Administration has advised that gatherings of 10 or more people be discouraged to prevent and mitigate the spread of the COVID-19. Due to the directive of not holding gatherings of ten people or more the Department cancelled the March 13th, March 17th and …

CLARIFICATION of Landscape Services

We recently sent out information from the Administration on Landscape Services. Allowing Landscape Services to be out in some circumstances is contingent upon COMPLIANCE with the official MA COVID-19 mandate and directives from the Department of Public Health. MDAR is expecting the same. The extraordinary measures our country has undertaken are for reasons of health for ourselves, our families, our …

UMass Extension Closing Notice!

COVID-19 Statement from UMASS Extension As you are probably aware, operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been significantly reduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to student activities, this also applies to research and the facilities managed by UMass Extension and the Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. Current information on the UMass closure can …

Highlights of the 2020 WLCC

On January 15, 2020, MALCP held their 2020 Winter Lawn Care Conference (WLCC) at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, Sturbridge MA. This was a great opportunity for everyone in the Lawn Care and Green Industries, such as: Lawn Care Professionals, Sports Turf Managers, Golf Course Personnel, Landscapers, and Municipal/Institutional Groundskeepers, to meet and interact.         …

Highlights 2019 Annual Meeting

On December 5, 2019, MALCP held their Annual Lunch Meeting at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. This meeting featured a “Healthy Soils Listening Session”, led by Jim Newman and Genevieve Lawlor, both are involved with Mass. healthy soils action plan.   Steve Boksanski, our legislative agent from BCB Government Relations, brought us up to date on legislative topics.     …

Fungus Could Help Control the Emerald Ash Borer Insect

This article recently appeared in “Entomology Today” brought to you by the Entomological Society of America. “Canadian scientists have figured out how to hit the tree-killing emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) where it really hurts by employing a fatal fungus that turns mating into a way of decreasing, not increasing, its numbers. Male emerald ash borers infected with the fungus …

Highlights 2019 Golf Classic

The Butter Brook Golf Course was alight with happy golfers, good food, and some terrific golf shots on October 3, despite clouds and a bit of a chill.  That challenging “Hole 11” experienced neither a hole in one, nor a drive w/in six inches of the pin, but did produce many memorable drives. More golfers than ever participated this year, …

Highlights 2019 Summer Seminar

  Over 50 lawn and landscape professionals attended the 2019 MALCP Summer Seminar. This eager crowd asked many questions to our guest speakers at the day long event, only to break for a picnic lunch in Tower Hill’s garden and water pool area.           Speaker, Dr. Stephen Rich, a Professor of Microbiology and Director of the …