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Glyphosate Update from NALP
Read this comprehensive overview from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
House Bill 1902 mandated restrictions on single-use plastics. Several persons have asked the effects of this legislation on our industry. For instance: Does the regulation apply to plastic pesticide containers or fertilizer and seed bags?

Kyle Shreve of the Virginia Agribusiness Council provided clarification: The regulation applies only to those food vendors that use single serve, ready to eat containers.

Details are posted here.

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HEAT STRESS PROTECTION
For the past two years, the Virginia General Assembly has sought to pass regulations mandating employers enact measures to protect workers from heat illness. The 2021 session failed to pass the three bills introduced by concerned legislators but they did call for a formation of a Regulatory Advisory Panel. Pasted below are comments we submitted. We’ll keep you posted.

You can read all the comments (including ones that call for a mandatory 15 to 45 minute break every hour to protect from heat illness) at the state’s Regulatory Town Hall.

Send us your thoughts (virginiaturf@gmail.com)

Here is the comment we submitted:

We have concerns about Virginia developing a heat illness standard apart from OSHA

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this proposed regulation. Our association represents (1) turfgrass professionals who are responsible for sports fields, golf courses, sod farms, commercial and home lawns and (2) landscapers who are responsible for trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and non-plant aspects of the outdoor environment. Our membership also includes university and municipal personnel from across the Commonwealth.

We deeply appreciate the concern expressed by legislators, associations, and individuals regarding the dangers of heat stress. We do not seek to minimize their concerns. The health and safety of all persons involved with the turfgrass and landscape industry is also our prime concern.

Our issue with the proposed regulation is the adoption of a state heat illness standard apart from the adoption of such a standard by OSHA. That being said, when the Regulatory Advisory Panel is created, we ask that a representative from the Virginia Agribusiness Council be appointed to represent the turf and landscape industries

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Maintaining a great relationship with both elected officials and with regulatory agencies is vital for our industry’s success. Join us as we work hard to educate both groups about the value of what we do. We protect the environment and provide well paying jobs for countless Virginians.


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Craig Zeigler meeting with Back Bay Restoration Foundation Executive Director.
Meeting with Asst Sec of Natural Resources