2016 Ag Labor Seminar

Mid South Green Industry Conference

This year’s Mid South Green Industry Conference will be held in the Bost Conference Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, June 7-8, 2016.

Events planned include:
*Educational Seminars
*New Product Discussion
*Trial Garden Tour
*Networking
*A Look at the Latest Trends in Marketing and Business Management
Contact the MLNA at 601-919-8111 or visit the website at www.msnla.org


2016 LNLFSR Scholarship Winners

The Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Fountation for Scholarship and Research announced their 2016 scholarship award winners at the LNLA Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Gulf States Hort Expo. The awards were presented to: Anna Ribbeck and Mark Wilson of Louisiana State University and James Maverick of Louisiana Tech University.

2016 LNLFSR Ira Nelson Scholarship - James Maverick Fontenot

2016 LNLFSR Ira Nelson Scholarship Award Winner

James Maverick Fontenot – Louisiana Tech University (Ira Nelson Scholarship Award)

James Maverick Fontenot is a native of Opelousas, La., and is a graduate of Pine Prairie High School. He is currently a senior pursuing a B.S. degree in agricultural business with a focus on plant sciences at Louisiana Tech University. He has a 3.47 grade point average. Maverick has received scholarships from the Ruston Garden Club and the Agriculture Department at Louisiana Tech. He is a member of the La Tech Greenscape Club. He has worked for Garden Design Solutions and Steve’s Tree and Stump Removal Services. Paul Jackson at Louisiana Tech wrote that Maverick “aspires to work in landscape design and contracting with the hope of one day owning his own business.” James Maverick Fontenot was also selected as the LNLFSR Ira Nelson Scholarship Award winner in 2015.

2016 LNLFSR Foret-Meadows-Owings Scholarship and General Scholarship Award Winners

2016 LNLFSR Scholarships - Anna Ribbeck and Mark Wilson

Anna Ribbeck – Louisiana State University (Foret-Meadows-Owings Scholarship Award)

Anna Ribbeck is a resident of Mandeville, La., and was born in Covington. She attended Foutainebleau High School and graduated in 2011. Anna will graduate from LSU in May 2016 in the environmental management curriculum in the plant and soil systems major. She has an overall 3.9 grade point average. Anna is an active member of the horticulture club and is a member of the Gamma Sigma Delta honor society at LSU. She has interned at the University of Tennessee Gardens and at Billy Heroman’s Flowers in Baton Rouge. Anna plans to pursue graduate degree work. Bob Mirabello at LSU writes that “she will be successful in any facet of horticulture she explores”. Anna Ribbeck was also selected as the LNLFSR Foret-Meadows-Owings Scholarship Award winner in 2014.

Mark Wilson – Louisiana State University (General Scholarship Award)

Mark Wilson lives in Gonzales, La., and is a graduate of University Lab School in Baton Rouge. Mark attended Baton Rouge Community College and then attended LSU where he graduated with a B.S. degree in 2012. He is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in the horticulture curriculum of the plant and soil systems major. He is working with Ed Bush on nursery irrigation research. Mark has a 3.1 overall grade point average. While at LSU working on his B.S. degree, Mark served as president of the horticulture club. He worked at PolyDrip Irrigation Supply in Baton Rouge as horticulturist and irrigation consultant from 2012-2015. Bob Mirabello at LSU says “Mark has a passion for horticulture.” Mark Wilson was also selected as a LNLFSR Scholarship Award winner in 2011.


2016 LNLA Professional Award Winners

2016 LNLA Professional Award Winners

The Louisiana Nursery and Landscape announced professional award winners at the LNLA Annual Conference held in conjunction with the Gulf States Hort Expo. The awards were presented to (from left to right): Kurt Ducote, Ducote’s Tree Farm - Young Professional of the Year; Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter - Foret Award; and Rick Webb, Louisiana Growers - Professional of the Year.


2016 GSHE Booth Winner

2016 GSHE First Place Green Booth Winner

Dupont Nursery of Plaquemine, Louisiana won first place at the 2016 Gulf States Horticulture Expo in Mobile this January.


2016 Ag Labor Seminar

Louisiana Farm Bureau announces Labor Seminar

This year’s Mid-South Agricultural Labor Seminar will be held in the West Baton Rouge Conference Center, 2750 North Westport Drive, Port Allen, LA, Tuesday, February 16, 2016. This year’s Mid South Agricultural Labor Seminar will be one of the best!

Issues to be discussed include:
*Troubleshooting H-2A and H-2B application problems that slow entry of Visa workers
*Understanding the Changes in the H-2B Program - The H-2B Cap, Returning Worker Exemption and Private Wage Surveys
*Employer Labor Law Compliance Training - The Do’s and Don’ts for Employers-How to Avoid Labor Law Violations
*H-2A Visa Program Compliance—H-2A Regulations, How to Prepare for an Audit and Avoid a Costly Violation
*Healthcare: Affordable Care Act Requirements for Employers and Workers
*Revised EPA Worker Protection Requirements for Employers

Take a look at the agenda, brochure and registration.


2016 GSHE

Gulf States Horticulture Expo 2016

Discover new ideas and trends. See the latest products and solutions. Build your professional network. January 20-22, 2016, 1 South Water Street, Mobile Outlaw Convention Center, Mobile, Alabama.

Take a look at GSHE.org.


2016 GSHE

Louisiana Green Industry Symposium

The New Orleans Botanical Garden, the Metro Area Horticulture Foundation and the LSU Agcenter are sponsoring a Green Industry Symposium January 12, 2016, 8:00am - 4:00pm, Pavilion of the Two Sisters, New Orleans Botanical Garden. Many exciting talks are planned.


2016 SuperPlants

See What's Happening on October 8

Visit the LSU Agcenter Hammond Station on October 8 for the combined Industry Field Day and SELNA Trade Show - A Two for One Deal!

See Anouncement


Young Professional of the Year Award Winner-Kevin Taylor

Young Professional of the Year Award

The Young Professional of the Year Award is limited to individuals less than 45 years of age who have made significant contribution to their business and to the ‘Green Industry’ in a short period of time.

The 2015 Young Professional of the Year recipient is Kevin Taylor of Southern Accent Landscaping & Lawncare, Inc.


LNLA booth at 2015 TNLA Trade Show

Manning the Booth at TNLA

Hard at work manning the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association booth at the 2015 TNLA Trade Show in Dallas, Texas.


SNA Foret Scholarship Winner-Anna Ribbeck

Dr. James and Faye Foret Scholarship Winner

Winner of the Dr. James and Faye Foret Scholarship provided by the Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Endowment Fund in association with the Southern Nursery Association (SNA)

The 2015 Foret Scholarship winner is Anna Ribbeck. Congratulations Anna.


LNLA Special Newsletter

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association would like to introduce you to this new semi-annual newsletter, made possible by USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding through Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. It is directed towards licensed or permitted horticulturists in the ornamentals and turf industry in Louisiana.

This newsletter provides you with up-to-date information on various topics affecting the ornamentals and turf industry, including marketing of products and services. It will also include announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to you as an industry professional.

There will be 3 more issues scheduled for January and July 2016 and January 2017. In the last issue, we will ask you to fill out a short survey about whether these newsletters were helpful to you and increased your knowledge about ornamentals and turf and the industry.

June 2015 Issue


LSU Agcenter announces 2015 Super Plants

LOUISIANA SUPER PLANTS
2015
WINNERS

SPRING
Coleus ‘Henna’
Pennisetum ‘Fireworks’

FALL
Camellia ‘Leslie Ann’
Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’

www.lsuagcenter.com/superplants


Mid South Green Industry Conference

Mississippi Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc.

Serving the "Green Industry" in Mississippi since 1964
Mid South Green Industry Conference
June 23 & 24
MSU Campus, Starkville, MS

Applications can now be found on our website -- http://msnla.org/msnla/green-industry-conf/

The 2015 conference will be more product focused. It will include annuals, perennials, and woodies; with information for both wholesalers and retailers!

Plus, a tour of the Mississippi State Trial Gardens and the MSU Turf Program!

Sign Up Early to Get the Discount Registration Price!


Nursery Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching

For the 2014 crop year, crop insurance programs administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) covered over $1 billion in crop liability for Louisiana growers. The state had over 8,000 policies in force for 2014, and these policies covered over 2.8 million Louisiana crop acres. Many of Louisiana’s insured producers suffered a loss and received an indemnity in 2014; in fact, the average indemnity per indemnified policy for 2014 was nearly $18,000.

Many Louisiana nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations. During 2014, some Louisiana nursery operations were covered by the program; combined, the liability coverage for these nursery operations totaled over $22 million.

So, how will you manage risk in 2015? Louisiana nursery producers are reminded that May 1 is the sales closing date for participation in RMA’s Nursery Crop Insurance Program for 2015.

Producers planning to start (or modify) coverage should contact a crop insurance agent immediately to meet the May 1 sales closing deadline and learn of other key program dates and reporting requirements.

A crop insurance agent directory is available on the RMA website at www.RMA.USDA.gov . The RMA website also offers many other useful tools, including a premium calculator, extensive program descriptions, and a variety of educational materials. A nursery program fact sheet is available at www.rma.usda.gov/pubs/rme/nursery.pdf.

Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and serviced by private crop insurance companies. Custom Ag Solutions works with RMA and other partner organizations to educate Louisiana producers about risk management and Federal crop insurance programs. To receive information by mail, call CAS at 877-227-8094. USDA, RMA, and CAS are equal opportunity providers.


2015 LNLSFR GALA VI

Friday, June 12, 2015

LSU Faculty Club (now The Club at LSU Union Square)
(Corner of Highland Road & Raphael Semmes, Parking in back and by Law School)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6:30 – 9:30 PM

Join us for an evening of fun, food, and fund-raising for scholarships and research to benefit our industry in Louisiana.
Featuring: Social Time with Horticulture Celebrities, Silent & Live Auctions, Live Piano Music, Drinks & Hors D’oeuvres starting at 6:30, Dinner at 8:00.

Download flyer and reservation form in pdf format


2015 LNLA Annual Meeting at GSHE

LNLSFR Student Scholarship Winners

LNLSFR Scholarship Winner-Paul Maverick Fontenot

James Maverick Fontenot – Louisiana Tech University
Ira Nelson Scholarship Award

James Maverick Fontenot is a native of Opelousas, LA and is a graduate of Pine Prairie High School. He is currently a senior pursuing a B.S. degree in agricultural business / plant sciences at Louisiana Tech University. He has a 3.3 grade point average. Maverick has received scholarships from the Ruston Garden Club and the Agriculture Department at Louisiana Tech. He is a member of the La Tech Greenscape Club. He has worked for Garden Design Solutions, and Steve’s Tree and Stump Removal Services. Paul Jackson at Louisiana Tech wrote that Maverick “aspires to work in landscape design and contracting with the hope of one day owning his own business”.


LNLSFR Scholarship Winner-Simeon Benjamin

Simeon Benjamin – Louisiana State University
Foret – Meadows – Owings Scholarship Award

Simeon Benjamin was born in New Orleans and is a graduate of the Lighthouse Christian Academy. He had an Associate of Science degree in horticulture technology from Delgado Community College. He is now a junior in the B.S. program in plant and soil systems (landscape management) at LSU. Simeon maintains a 3.5 grade point average. He has been awarded the LSU Get It Growing scholarship and also the T.K. McKnight Memorial scholarship. He has been actively involved in several community service projects and has completed an internship at Perino’s Garden Center in Metairie. He is a Louisiana licensed landscape horticulturist. Don Labonte at LSU wrote in a support letter that Simeon is “focused and very much devoted to horticulture”.


LNLSFR Scholarship Winner-Morgan Mayeux

Morgan Mayeux – Louisiana Tech University
General Scholarship Award

Morgan Mayeux, a native of Opeloousas and a graduate of Avoyelles High School, is a junior at Louisiana Tech University where she is majoring in the agricultural business / plant sciences curriculum. She has a current overall grade point average of 3.5. She is the Vice President of the Greenscape Club at Louisiana Tech and was the department’s featured student in 2014-2015. She has completed an internship with Greenpoint Ag. Paul Jackson at Louisiana Tech writes that Morgan “demonstrates a dedicated work ethic and academic excellence”.


LNLSFR Scholarship Winner-Macy Register

Macy Register – Louisiana Tech University
General Scholarship Award

Macy Register was born in Shreveport and graduate from Logansport High School. She has been enrolled at Louisiana Tech University since 2011 and is currently a senior. In 2014, she recognized the need to major in the agricultural business / plant sciences degree program. She has been recognized as a Louisiana Tech “student that makes a difference”. She is president of the Greenscape Club at Louisiana Tech and volunteers with gardening efforts at local elementary schools. Paul Jackson at Louisiana Tech writes that “it is inspiring to see someone like Macy suddenly “get it” and develop a true love and passion for a discipline”.


LNLA Foret Award Winner-Dr. Ellis Fletcher

James A. Foret Award

2015 James A. Foret Award Winner - Dr. Ellis Fletcher

The James A. Foret Award is the highest award given by the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association. It reflects a life time dedication and support to LNLA and to the ‘Green Industry’.


Professional of the Year Award Winner-Todd Ellefson

Professional of the Year Award

2015 Professional of the Year Award - Todd Ellefson

The Professional of the Year Award reflects long time professionalism in business and outstanding long time contribution to the ‘Green Industry’ and to LNLA.


2014 LA Plant Materials Conference

2014 Louisiana Plant Materials Conference

Speakers from yesterday's Louisiana Plant Materials Conference in Baton Rouge. Buddy Lee (developer of Encore azaleas and director plant development for PDSI), Michele Andre (broker Ball Seed Company), Jack O'Donnell (SE regional sales manager, Bailey Nurseries), Allen Owings (LSU AgCenter landscape plant trials coordinator) and Buddy Lee (LSU AgCenter Get It Growing and Louisiana Super Plants spokesman). A great meeting with 60 nursery, landscape and garden center professionals.


Message from Horticultural Research Institute

Greetings from the Horticultural Research Institute!

2014 has been a remarkable journey. HRI's leadership is enthusiastic about its plans and the positive impact they'll have on the horticulture industry. We are very proud that our partnership with you has allowed us to undertake so many important initiatives.

HRI message from Dan Batson Greenleaf NurseriesPlease take a moment and send a donation today.

HRI delivers value and tends to the needs of the horticulture industry through strategic research. It is a valuable and beneficial resource for your business.

GreenForest Nursery Gulf States Challenge Match

Dan Batson, president of Green Forest Nursery (Perkinston, MS), a wholesale producer of container trees, reminds his gulf state friends in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi that his challenge is still on!

"I got into this business because of family and the love of outdoors, and what I continue to love most about it are our employees and positive customer feedback," stated Batson. "I support the Horticultural Research Institute because research and innovations are our future."

The GreenForest Nursery / Gulf States Challenge is simple: GreenForest Nursery will match dollar-for-dollar donations from his gulf states friends, up to $50,000. The end result? A $100,000 fund in the Horticultural Research Institution Endowment. There's only $17,500 left to raise to complete this challenge!

Batson challenges, "I ask you to make a contribution recognizing the importance and value of research that supports quality plants, and our business success. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and helps ensures a brighter future for the industry."

Make Dan Pay! Send your year-end contribution to the Horticultural Research Institute today. Donation page HERE

Annual giving to a named fund, like the GreenForest Nursery / Gulf States fund, or to Horticultural Research Institute’s General Fund ensures our continued progress in facilitating research endeavors as well communicating research results to you. General Fund donations go to worthy projects in all areas, at the discretion of the Trustees.

Annual donors may receive Horticultural Research Institute membership benefits by making a contribution of $250.00 or more.

Learn more about the Horticultural Research Institute, its mission, and its work in our most recent newsletter!