Project EverGreen Expands Program, Helps Military Families

The cities of Akron, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wis., proclaimed May as Project EverGreen Month. Project EverGreen’s EverGreen Zone program seeks to raise public awareness about the benefits of expanding, preserving and maintaining green spaces that positively impact climate change and create economic, environmental and lifestyle benefits. Akron is participating for the second year, while the program is new in Milwaukee.

As a supporting sponsor of the Professional Landcare Network’s Day of Service, Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program resulted in 50 lawn and landscape companies volunteering their time and services to military families who have a loved one on active duty overseas. To date, the program is helping more than 2,200 companies provide free services to more than 8,000 military families nationwide.

Registration Open for Nursery/Landscape EXPO

Registration for the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association’s 2009 Nursery/Landscape EXPO is available at www.nurserylandscapeexpo.org. The event, held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, includes an education conference on August 13 and a trade show August 14-16. To get more information about the expo, subscribe to TNLA’s blog at www.tnlaexpo.blogspot.com or follow them on Twitter at www.twitter.com/landscapetexas.

ANLA Provides Testimony on Federal Crop Insurance

Steve Bennett of Riverbend Nurseries in Tennessee represented the American Nursery & Landscape Association at a hearing held by the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management concerning the federal crop insurance program. The hearing was called to solicit feedback from growers on the effectiveness and operational efficiency of the program.

USCC Poster Contest Winner Announced

A fifth-grade student was recognized by the U.S. Composting Council as the International Compost Awareness Week poster contest winner. Max A. Million of Nettleton Elementary School in Duluth, Minn., was selected as the grand prize winner in the contest, which called for participants to visually portray the theme “Compost! Recycling the Way Nature Meant it to Be.” Million received $500 and his art was incorporated into the official ICAW 2009 poster.

News from IA

The 2009 Irrigation Show, the annual trade show of the Irrigation Association, will be held December 2-4 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Show highlights will include exhibitor booths, New Product Contest, Smart Irrigation Month idea gallery, IA bookstore and common interest group and committee meetings. Held concurrently with the show, the Innovations in Irrigation Technical Conference will feature presentations in three tracks: turf/landscape, agriculture and water management. For a detailed schedule, visit www.irrigationshow.org/event_schedule.htm or contact Kathy Bradley at kathy@irrigation.org or 703-536-7080.

The IA Education Foundation awarded prizes to the winners of the irrigation competitions at the Professional Landcare Network’s 32nd Annual Student Career Days. First-place winners were Jim Moylan, Michigan State University, irrigation design; Travis Bottini and Daniel Blackwelder, Colorado State University, irrigation assembly; and Jessica Gray, North Metro Technical College, irrigation troubleshooting. They were awarded an all-expense-paid trip to the 2009 Irrigation Show.

The IA unveiled a new logo for Smart Irrigation Month (July) that taps into the growing brand equity in the drop/leaf logo the association adopted late last year. The logo and many free resources are available at www.smartirrigationmonth.org. The Web site includes marketing tools such as press release templates, public service announcements and brochures.

ALMA Launches New Web Site

The American Landscape Maintenance Association unveiled its new interactive Web site at www.almanow.com. Members now have a revamped resource area that features video, audio and PDF files for distribution of ALMA’s content.