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November/December 2017

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www.landscapeirrigation.com Landscape and Irrigation November/December 2017 27 " NALP helped me develop my business and showed me that it is part science, part art and a lot more than just cutting grass." bit.ly/landirrmag Nikos Phelps, Utopian Landscapes, LLC OUR BUSINESS IS YOU Join Nikos & over 10,000 landscape industry professionals by becoming a NALP Member Landscape and Irrigation readers take 25% off dues use code 17NOVLI25 at check out. worked in partnership with industry-related state and national organizations to establish new preemption laws in Utah and Missouri. We succeeded in holding off hostile efforts to ban the use of neonicotinoids in multiple states. And we received a great win when a Montgomery County Maryland Circuit Court overruled and stopped from going into effect a prohibitive local pesticide ordinance that completely banned the use of lawn care pesticides on private property. In each instance, we advocated based on the following premise: Pesticides are already highly regulated, landscape professionals are trained and educated on the application and use of the materials that they work with, and as stewards of the land they avoid doing anything that negatively impacts the environment. We continue to work with members at the local level to help ensure that our nation's communities adopt common sense and science based pesticide and fertilizer regulations that recognize the professionalism that our members bring to the table. A quick preview of 2018 Right now, our nation's state legislators are busy planning for what they will focus on in the coming year. Not much legislation has been introduced, but we are already seeing several trends emerge. Legislation to roll back pesticide preemption has already been introduced in Massachusetts, and we expect similar bills in Illinois, Minnesota, and perhaps elsewhere. The dozen or so states that considered banning neonics are almost certain to consider the issue once again. We can also expect an array of other activist- driven measures designed to impose regulations that limit your ability to use the tools that you and your client agree are the best option to get the job done. And of course, at the federal level, we know for sure that we will continue to help lead the fight for H-2B reform. As you can see, it's been a busy year, and next year is shaping up to have many advocacy opportunities and challenges as well. NALP strives to ensure that what we advocate for best aligns with your interests, and we will continue to keep you informed about what is happening and when we need your help. No one knows the advocacy needs of landscape professionals better than you, and your involvement in advocacy is an integral ingredient for success. Paul Mendelsohn is vice president, government relations at the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

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