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GREEN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE FEATURES SPANISH SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently announced that participants in its Green Industry Conference, Nov. 1-4, 2006, in Columbus, Ohio, may take part in a busy lineup of presentations, some of which will be delivered in Spanish.

Conference participants may select from a variety of sessions conducted in Spanish that are designed to meet the needs of Hispanic leaders in the green industry. Some of the topics featured in Spanish include the following sessions: “Opportunities in the Green Industry for Hispanics,” “Survive and Thrive as a Landscape Supervisor,” “Confronting Conflict Head-On,” “Understanding Business Decisions,” and “Invisible Tools: Advanced Communication Skills for Managers.”

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For more information about the Green Industry Conference, contact PLANET at (800) 395-2522 or visit the PLANET Web site at www.landcarenetwork.org.

AEM UPDATES SKID STEER SAFETY MANUAL

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has updated its skid steer safety manual and now also offers the manual in a bilingual Spanish-English version. The manual is designed for operators, maintenance personnel and other job site workers involved with skid steer loaders, and has been updated to cover track type as well as wheeled machines.

Skid steer loader manufacturers worked in a cooperative effort through AEM's Compact Loader/Compact Excavator Council to research and develop the manual.

The AEM Skid Steer Safety Manual uses easy-to-understand text and illustrations and a “dos and don'ts” format to aid understanding. The material focuses on typical daily situations on the work site involving the normal operation and maintenance of skid steer loaders and offers sensible suggestions for dealing with these conditions.

The skid steer safety manual is available from the AEM store online at www.aem.org.

WATER QUALITY REVIEW SEEKS PARTICIPANTS

The Environmental Institute of Golf, along with the United States Golf Association (USGA), is funding a research project that will measure the impact of golf courses on surface and ground water. The objective is to collect as much data as possible from golf facilities that are conducting surface or ground water monitoring projects. Such data are necessary to accurately assess the ecological implications of land use planning regarding the construction and maintenance of golf courses. This information can also have implications for pesticide registration decisions. If you are willing to share the data, contact Juleen Lam at Environmental & Turf Services Inc., (301) 933-4700 or JuleenLam@aol.com.

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