In-Person PESTICIDE EXAM, Dates in November at Colonial Hotel!

Below is a notice from Taryn LaScola-Miner, the Director of Crop and Pest Services Division, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, regarding dates opening for PESTICIDE EXAMS in November 2020.   “As the online pesticide exam is still in development and the Department recognizes the need for companies to hire licensed applicators, the Department has opened the dates of: Tuesday, November 3rd and …

Highlights 2020 Golf Classic

The Butter Brook Golf Course was alight with happy golfers, good food, and some terrific golf shots on October 1, a sunny and typical New England fall seasonal day.  The challenging holes of  “8” and “11” experienced neither a hole in one, nor a drive w/in six inches of the pin, but did produce many memorable drives. Due to the …

Mary Owen retiring / June Update!

Mary Owen, is retiring! Most, if not all, Malcp members know Mary Owen, she is the Cooperative Extension Turf Specialist at UMass, Amherst. Her wealth of knowledge on Turf has assisted turf professionals and the public for decades. She served on Malcp’s Board guiding us in various major endeavors throughout our history. Mary’s knowledge of current happenings in turf, her relationships …

REOPENING OF MASSACHUSETTS, from the office of Governor Baker

Hello MALCP:  Most of our members have been working as Essential Services since the first round of COVID-19 designations. Governor Baker issued the following Reopening announcement. There has been some confusion. We felt it was important to keep you informed about the latest round and the resources available. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks Karen _______________________ REOPENING …

Notice from MDAR: Temporary PESTICIDE LICENSE available

“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. On March 25, 2020 the Department announced that it was cancelling the pesticide exam for 30-days. This situation significantly impacts pest control …

COVID-19 Operational Guidelines, Update from NALP

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has pulled together a broad collection of important COVID-19 resources including: Operational Guidelines Financial Resources Webinars to keep you in touch with other industry professionals during this time Podcasts, and News NALP website: https://www.landscapeprofessionals.org/Coronavirus Please take the time to digest and implement the materials provided. Keep up the good and necessary focus on strict social distancing and increased …

UPDATE! Landscaper Services, defined by Governor Baker

For your information, the paragraph below is from the updated Essential Services List regarding LANDSCAPER SERVICES, as defined by Governor Baker: “This is the new official language from the governor’s full guide to Essential Services. It DOES include the word LANDSCAPER, in the broad definition, as well as a decent explanation. Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC …

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 …

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 …