Gas Powered Leaf Blowers
Legislation seeking to ban gas-powered leaf blowers was introduced months ago in Virginia’s General Assembly. That bill (HB1337) failed to gain traction but we believe similar legislation will reappear. We must prepare. We are preparing a questionnaire that will be distributed within two weeks. Look for it. Your input is vital.

June 23 Field Day and Pesticide Recertification
Once again, we are working with the Hampton Roads AREC to host a Field Day and Pesticide Recertification program during June. This year’s date is June 23. Details and registration should be up by this Friday.

Upcoming Meeting With Senator Hashmi
Three of us are meeting with Senator Hashmi this Tuesday to discuss issues important to our members.

Upcoming Meeting with Secretary Lohr, Commissioner Gutrie, and Others
We have a meeting scheduled in May to discuss our industry’s experiences with VDACS; to present the importance of our industry to Virginia; and to explore ways of moving forward.

Earth Day is Friday, April 22.
We are partnering with Virginia State University on a service project in Petersburg. The event starts at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm BUT we are asking for your help either from 9:00 to 12:00 or else from 12:00 to 3:00 (three-hour blocks of time).  Download the flyer  Can you help? Contact us: 757-464-1004 or