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ANLA SUPPORTS IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT

Senators Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and Tom Daschle (D-SD) introduced the Immigration Reform Act, S. 2010, on January 21, 2004. The bill is aimed at reforming the H-2B guest worker program, which is the visa program that allows non-agricultural, temporary and/or seasonal foreign workers into the country to work jobs not taken by American workers.

The Immigration Reform Act's primary appeal to the landscape industry is its potential to allow the legalization of current illegal workers, as well as streamlining the ability to bring in future guest workers. The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) has been a long-standing advocate for immigration labor reform benefiting the retail, landscape, landscape distribution and grower segments of the green industry. The Immigration Reform Act is complementary to the AgJOBS bills (S.1645 and H.R.3142) that now enjoy broad support in Congress. If and when enacted, the bill will be instrumental to the future business operations of many ANLA members.

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The Immigration Reform Act is in the early stages of the political process. Though it is not a perfect solution, the ANLA believes it would offer many improvements for the green industry.

NEW YORK TURFGRASS SURVEY

The New York Agricultural Statistics Service in conjunction with the New York State Turfgrass Association conducted a survey on the turfgrass industry in New York. The survey, which took place in late 2003, is the first of its kind in New York State, according to Steve Ropel, State Statistician. Results will provide up-to-date information on the nature, extent, economic value and impact of the turfgrass industry in New York.

The survey questionnaire was mailed to a sample of golf courses, sod farms, lawn services, cemeteries, parks, schools, highways and rest areas, corporate sites, residences and apartments. Results will measure the number of hired workers, equipment expenses, non-equipment expenses, paid labor expenses, maintained acreage of turf and capital improvement expenses.

Publication of the survey will be available in the summer of 2004. A copy of the survey will be sent to respondents and those who are interested in receiving the report.

EARLY REGISTRATION EXTENDED FOR APWA SNOW CONFERENCE

APWA's North American Snow Conference, the most comprehensive conference on snow and ice management in North America, is scheduled for April 25-28 in Lexington, Ky., located in the heart of Kentucky's famous and scenic Bluegrass region.

Those who register for the conference before April 1 will receive a discount of $50 on registration fees. Full registration includes entrance to the exhibit hall; all education sessions and roundtables; Sunday reception on the exhibit floor; Monday lunch; Tuesday continental breakfast; refreshment breaks; Tuesday evening Old Kentucky Night event at the Kentucky Horse Park; and the Wednesday technical tour and training program.

  • Before April 1, 2004: $360 APWA member/$490 non-member

  • After April 1, 2004: $410 APWA member/$540 non-member

The 2004 Snow Conference combines three days of educational sessions with opportunities to network with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals. More than 100 companies will showcase products and technologies you need in snow and ice management and winter operations. You can see what's new, compare products and services and network with other snow fighters. Also scheduled are three general sessions and more than 30 technical sessions and roundtables.

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