Harper’s ATM 162

Harper Receives AE50 Award

The American Society for Agricultural & Biological Engineering presented Harper Industries with an AE50 Award for exceptional design innovation for Harper’s ATM (All-Terrain Mower) 162. Other companies honored at ASABE’s national conference include John Deere, Case New Holland and Agco.

The Kansas Department of Transportation was involved in designing the mower and assisted with testing of early prototypes.

Plans for Inaugural Winter Show Underway for SNA

For the first time in its history, the Southern Nursery Association is holding its annual green industry trade show in the winter, due to member feedback and industry research. Since its first meeting in Chattanooga, Tenn., in August 1899, the association has held its show in the summer. The late-winter show (February 12-13, 2009) will allow attendees to finalize last-minute orders to be ready for spring inventory demands.

The show venue has also been changed to the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. The new venue provides a number of amenities, including meeting rooms, complimentary parking and updated exhibit hall space.

For more information about the show, visit www.sna.org or call 770-953-3311.

GCSAA Awards 15 Collegiate Scholarships

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America has awarded scholarships to 15 college students as part of the GCSAA Scholars Program administered by the Environmental Institute for Golf.

Matthew Kozlowski, Dover, Mass., is the first-place winner in the competition. A senior turfgrass management major at the University of Massachusetts, he receives a $6,000 scholarship and is honored as the Mendenhall Award Winner.

The second-place winner, Jonathan Bennett, Seneca, Kan., receives a $5,000 award and is designated as the recipient of the Allan MacCurrach Award. Bennett is a senior golf course management major at Kansas State University.

Both Kozlowski and Bennett will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2009 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in New Orleans.

Kyung Min Han, an international student at Penn State University, was awarded a $2,500 Ambassador Award. The following students were awarded stipends ranging from $2,500 to $500: Joshua Lewis, Joshua Fuhrman, Tyler Bloom, Kevin Malloy, Matthew Turner, Scott Wasser, Nate Watkin, Julian Dion, Marc Chappell, Adam Flynn, David Hines and Juan Muñoz Puro.

ASLA Presents Student Awards, Honorary Memberships

The American Society of Landscape Architects announced the winners of the 2008 Student Awards. Representing the top student honors in the profession, ASLA presented the awards to 20 projects from 11 colleges and universities at its annual meeting. Further information is available at www.asla.org/awards/2008/studentawards.

ASLA has conferred honorary membership upon 13 individuals for their work in education, government and environmental activism. Honorary membership is among the highest honors ASLA may bestow upon non-landscape architects. The newest honorary members are Jerry E. Abramson, Michael R. Bloomberg, Jim and Betsy Chaffin, Adele Chatfield-Taylor, Paul Farmer, Steven N. Handel, William Hudnut, William McDonough, Greg Nickels, Robert Redford, Kristen Richards and Allyson Schwartz.

Green Industry Partners Launch Career Web Site

The American Nursery & Landscape Association, the Professional Landcare Network, the American Society for Horticultural Science and 28 state green industry associations have launched a new Web site, www.theLandLovers.org, aimed at junior high and high school students and focused on raising awareness of green industry careers. The site provides a comprehensive overview of career options, information debunking current myths and on where to pursue higher education, and current job openings by state.

News from Landscape Ontario

Landscape Ontario is working to create the first nationwide postconsumer horticultural plastics recycling program in the world. Targeted items include plastic garden pots, trays, tags, irrigation pipes and greenhouse poly. The partnership will include recycling companies, pot manufacturers, garden centers, nurseries and growers. Pots, trays and tags would be collected directly from consumers at centers across Canada.

McRae Anderson was the keynote speaker during the Interiorscape Conference, and Anne Obarski and Roy Prevost were the featured speakers at the 2008 Garden Centre Symposium the day before the 9th annual Garden & Florist Expo. Anderson spoke about “Raising the Bar of Interiorscape Design” and “Green Plants for Green Buildings.” Obarski presented on various topics, including “Making Your Nursery Business Contagious” and “Retail Nursery Business is Show Business.” Prevost’s speeches included “Prosper Alongside Big Box Retail” and “Retaining and Motivating Employees.”

Michael Williams

NAEDA Names Williams COO

The North American Equipment Dealers Association has named Michael C. Williams chief operating officer. He will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of NAEDA and report directly to the president and CEO. Williams joined NAEDA in 2002 as vice president of government relations and public policy, having previously served as chief policy advisor with the Illinois Department of Agriculture. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Southern Illinois University.

NTEA Announces Keynote Speaker, Expands Green Truck Focus

The National Truck Equipment Association announced that Mike Rowe, host and producer of the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” TV series, will give the keynote address at the Work Truck Show 2009 and 45th Annual NTEA Convention. Rowe’s presentation will take place March 5, 2009, at the President’s Breakfast and NTEA Annual Meeting.

NTEA has intensified its focus on hybrid and alternative-fuel vocational trucks and equipment at the Work Truck Show. The activities kick off with the Green Truck Summit. Topics covered in the four general courses and 15 breakout sessions will include technology deployment, fuel utilization, fleet and vehicle integration and the cost justification of purchasing hybrids. Three additional courses will be offered as part of the convention educational program. There will also be opportunities to test-drive vehicles, and commercially viable green trucks, components and equipment will be displayed in the Green Truck Pavilion.