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Fielding a niche business
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Brad Sutton began taking care of athletic fields at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., in the 1990s. A huge fan of Wolfpack athletics, Sutton reached out to someone he knew at N.C. State and asked if he could donate to a local booster club or contribute his services. When the field manager at N.C. State hired him to do some work and saw what he could do, a long-term relationship was the result. More

Congratulations to new WCAC appointee Brad Smith
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Brad Smith, director of grounds operation at Texas State University and a TNLA member, is the newest appointee to the Texas Water Development Board's Water Conservation Advisory Council.

In 2007, TNLA worked with legislators to insert language into HB 4 requiring the appointment of a "horticulture, landscape or irrigation" position into the newly created WCAC. The TNLA State Board of Directors nominated Smith to serve in this position at their June 2011 board meeting. This will allow the nursery/landscape industry to have a seat at the table when water conservation measures are recommended to the legislature.

Texas Agricultural Finance Authority acceps applications from young farmers, ranchers
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In an effort to meet the current and future food and fiber demands of a growing population, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced the availability of grants for young farmers to create or expand an agricultural operation in Texas. The Young Farmer Grant Program is made possible by Texas farmers and ranchers who fund the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority. The deadline to apply for these grants is Friday, Sept. 2. More

This summer's drought may worsen next year
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As historically bad as this summer's drought has been, we may not have seen the worst of it. There's growing concern among some scientists that Texas' drought could linger through another dry winter and return next summer. "It's likely much of Texas will still be in severe drought this time next summer, with water supply implications even worse than those we are now experiencing," said John Nielsen-Gammon, the state climatologist. More

Bolt your door: Invasive species attacking Texas
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The battle of invading plants and animals could be coming to your front door and is costing you millions of dollars. Texas A&M University researchers Anna Armitage and Antonietta Quigg, marine biologists on the Galveston campus, have been studying how numerous plants and some animals not native to Texas have taken a very un-Texan like attitude about occupying as many wetlands and prairies as they can with the idea of a total takeover. More

CEO: Shift in strategies necessary for TruGreen
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Memphis, Tenn.-based TruGreen lawn care is changing its neighborhood sales strategy as the CEO of parent company, The ServiceMaster Co., continues to talk about the need for the company to improve its performance. ServiceMaster revenues in the quarter increased 3 percent to $967 million from $940 million a year ago with revenue growth in all reporting segments. Overall operating performance grew 9.8 percent in the quarter from a year ago. More

Climate change chases plants and animals to higher altitudes, latitudes
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Researchers comparing more than 100 studies from around the world found that plants and animals are moving to higher altitudes and latitudes, and they attribute the shift to climate change, the scientists report in the journal Science. The researchers found that hundreds of a species have shifted to cooler climes as their original areas warmed, and the faster the area heated up, the more drastic the shift. More

Drought killing North Texas trees
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Drought in North Texas means even the mightiest of trees are scorching, wilting and dropping leaves and in extreme cases they're dying. Horticulturist Steve McCoy said most trees need help now, especially if the bark is separating or the leaves are turning brown and dropping all over the place. "If people don't take action and increase their watering, we might have some troubles down the road," McCoy said. More

Profits shrinking at nearly half of small businesses    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One in five small businesses are reporting that profits are plummeting by more than 25 percent compared to last year, says a new survey. Two thirds of small and medium-size businesses said the slump had affected business, with 37 percent saying business was "much worse" or "a little worse," says the latest Office Depot Small Business Index, a monthly survey of 1,000 small and medium-size businesses. More

6 seminars about social media, digital marketing at IGC
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Blogger Kyle Lacy spoke at the Independent Garden Center Conference in Chicago. The purpose of the training sessions were to outline the different experiences, strategies, and the overall purpose of digital marketing in the world of the garden center. This was a the second event he had presented at for the garden center and landscaping world. The first event was the ANLA Conference last year in Louisville, Ky. More

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