3/1/17 Ron Amos Awarded the 2017 WGIF Hall of Fame
The people who know how to achieve goals and inspire people along the way can be described as leaders. The green industry in Wisconsin has many leaders, but those who reach distinction as a member of the WGIF Hall of Fame are groundbreakers. Ron Amos is the newest member of that exceptional group, and WGIF is proud to induct him into the WGIF Hall of Fame for 2017.
3/1/17 OSHA Rule to Prevent Workers from Breathing Silica Dust Will Soon Be Implemented
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule intended to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime.
Both standards contained in the final rule took effect last June, and employers in Construction, which includes the landscape industry, have until June 23, 2017 to comply with the requirements.
Upon implementation, all jobsites will be required to have a written exposure control plan and a person trained on the exposure plan and silica on the jobsite. Call 1-800-947-0553 for help in Wisconsin or go to https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness/consult.html for more information. For fact sheets and an overview of the rule, go to https://www.osha.gov/silica/
1/1/17 Protecting Pollinators: Not just for beekeepers anymore by Liz Meils, WI DATCP
Pollinator protection is a trending topic these days, but it's more than a passing fad. Wisconsin pollinators face real risks, including disease, parasitic mites, malnutrition, habitat loss, and pesticides. The popular press has made much of honey bee losses. Honey bees are important pollinators, it's true. But we also have about 400 species of native bees in Wisconsin, as well as many native flies, beetles, moths and butterflies that help pollinate crops. This threat to the state's crops represents an opportunity for two Wisconsin economic powerhouses--agriculture and the green industry--to work together. A landscape filled with plants flowering all season long is good for pollinators, and for the green industry. Your industry chooses the plants that people buy and use to maintain large swaths of pollinator habitat in urban and suburban areas. You can find detailed information in The Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan ( https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/PollinatorProtection.aspx ) about what private landowners can do.
1/1/17 The WNLA 2017 Plant of the Year Selections
The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association would like you to know about two fantastic plants that should be on the radar of everyone in the green industry, so they've selected them as the WNLA Plants of the Year for 2017. The Woody Ornamental Plant is Gymnocladus dioicus 'Espresso' and the Intersectional (Itoh) Hybrid Peonies have been named Perennial of the Year.
1/1/17 WNLA's 2017 Winter Workshop Brings the Education
WNLA is doubling the education offerings at the 2017 Winter Workshop! Two days of speakers will provide in-depth analysis on a wide array of subjects of interest to green industry professionals. You'll have the opportunity to learn about landscaping--from the roots to the turfgrass to the plants and trees. From meadow gardens to gravel gardens, from the future of design, to sustainability. You'll learn about hardscaping--from charging for it to how to maintain it, manage it, market it, and sell it. You'll learn about the urban forests of Wisconsin, plus the crops, diseases, and invasives in our area. You'll also hear about the workplace: generational differences and what it's like at a county garden, namely Milwaukee's Boerner Botanical Gardens. Whether you can only stay for one or two presentations or you attend both days, Winter Workshop will be well worth your time.
7/1/16 WGIF 2016 Hall of Fame Inducts Two Luminaries of the State's Green Industry
WGIF is awarding the 2016 Hall of Fame title posthumously to two outstanding examples of Wisconsin's green industry leaders: Shelley Ryan and Dr. Eugene Smalley.
Shelley Ryan was best known as the host of "The Wisconsin Gardener" television show on Wisconsin Public Television. For 21 years, as host and producer of the show, she persuaded thousands of Wisconsin television viewers to get out into their gardens and get their hands dirty. Ryan introduced viewers to sustainable growing techniques, the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, edible gardens, and how to create a garden for butterflies through her show's many field trips.
Professor Eugene Smalley is known world-wide as an elm expert for his efforts to develop an elm tree resistant to Dutch elm disease, a disease that had killed more than 50 million elm trees in the U.S. and abroad. His research revealed that the best response was disease resistant trees, not pesticides. After twenty years of study, he and his colleagues created several successful Dutch elm disease resistant hybrids, including the Sapporo Autumn Gold which was planted by Prince Philips on the grounds of Windsor Castle in 1980 as Professor Smalley stood nearby.
Presentation ceremonies for each of the recipients will take place in the coming weeks. Dr. Eugene Smalley and Shelley Ryan will be inducted at a ceremony at the WNLA Summer Field Day and Trade Show, August 10 at noon, at the Boerner Botanical Gardens, Hales Corners. Ms. Shelley Ryan will also be inducted at the CFGW Summer Field Day on August 4 at 9:30 am at the West Madison Ag Research Station, and again at the Annual Fall Conference of CFGW, October 19 at Floral Plant Growers.
7/1/16 Attention: New Plants Added to Invasive Species List have "Phase Out" Period
In April 2015, the Wisconsin Invasive Species Rule was revised and some new plants, or cultivars of some plants of economic value in the nursery, floriculture and landscape trades, were added to the "Restricted" category. WGIF and its member associations were successful in educating and influencing the public and officials on the need to have a "phase-out period" in the recent NR 40 invasive species admin. rule revisions. The "phase-out" period allows for the plants added to the "restricted" (invasive in certain situations, but too widespread in the state to eradicate or control) category to continue to be sold, transported, in Wisconsin, as long as they are not brought in from out of state. This phase out, a 5-year period for trees and shrubs species, and 3 years for herbaceous and woody vine species prevents a significant adverse financial impact on our green industry businesses and growers, while not causing a significant adverse environmental impact.
5/1/16 Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan Available from WI-DATCP
In late 2014, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) applied for and received a Specialty Crop Block Grant to develop the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan. The Wisconsin plan, which was finalized in April 2016, was developed in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Department of Entomology, bringing together DATCP's expertise in our apiary and pesticide programs with access to the latest research in pollinator health through UW. The plan is an opportunity to support Wisconsin's agriculture, beekeeping and other industries by developing voluntary actions all residents can take to protect managed and wild pollinators.
5/1/16 Home Nursery Celebrates 95-Year Anniversary
Home Nursery, Inc., a family-owned grower of nursery stock and supplier to garden centers, landscapers and distribution centers, and a member of WNLA, is celebrating its 95-year anniversary in 2016. Family-owned since its beginning, Home Nursery was founded by Ernest E. Tosovsky, Sr. in 1921.
3/1/16 WGIF Online Auction March 17th Through April 3rd
The second annual WGIF Online Auction will begin March 17th! If you haven't yet, there's still time to donate. Just go to www.BiddingForGood.com/wgif and participate! Then, starting March 17th, bid high and bid often!
From products to services to gift cards, a variety of items are available to the highest bidder. Think green and go green as the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation opens its online auction starting March 17th --St. Patrick's Day. The auction, which is open to the public, ends on April 3rd. Just go to www.BiddingForGood.com/wgif and start shopping for the green!
3/1/16 Green Industry Jobs: Wisconsin Ranks #4 in the Nation (from an article by John Egan at www.lawnstarter.com)
Wisconsin's economic impact per capita ranks in the top five states in the country based on a recent study. Wisconsin's per-capita economic impact in the green industry was $885.66, total economic impact came in at $5,086,000,000 and the number of jobs the industry supported is 43,452.
Nationwide, the green industry wielded an economic impact of nearly $197 billion in 2013 and generated a little over 2 million jobs, according to the study, published in the journal HortTechnology.
3/1/16 2016 Winter Workshop Packed with Information
With ten speakers presenting, there was a lot to learn at the 2016 Winter Workshop, presented by the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA) last month. The annual educational conference was held at the Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc. Providing attendees with newly acquired knowledge and ideas that they can immediately utilize is a goal of every conference. Add to that inspiration and enthusiasm, and you've got an idea of what took place at the 2016 Winter Workshop.
WNLA deeply appreciates the sponsors of the 2016 Winter Workshop for their generous support: Platinum sponsors Badgerland Financial and County Materials, Gold Sponsors Badger Truck Center, Carlin Sales/ProGreen Plus, Central Landscape Supply, Central Wisconsin Evergreens, Inc., Circle B, Inc., Contree Sprayer, DeVroomen Garden Products, Heritage Seed Company, Home Nursery, Hsu Growing Supply, La Crosse Seed, Midwest Groundcovers, SiteOne Landscape Supply, Twixwood Nursery, and W. & E. Radtke, and Silver sponsors Dayton Bag & Burlap, Dow AgroSciences, and Helena Chemical. WNLA also thanks Unilock for sponsoring Paddy Conway's participation in the 2016 Winter Workshop.