January 11-15, 2016
FAQ: Landscape Professional Field Day Program
On May 5th, notification went out to the NCNLA membership regarding the cancellation of NC State’s Landscape Professional Field Day for 2015. Several members have contacted NCNLA headquarters with questions regarding the decision for 2015 and the future of the program. Below are answers to some of the more Frequently Asked Questions we have received:
Though traditionally well-attended, a slow decline in Landscape Professional Field Day participation over the last several years suggested to NC State that the program be reevaluated to ensure that this hands-on learning experience better meets the needs of an industry in a constant state of change.
We hope so. NCNLA has a long history of providing financial and logistical support for NCSU’s Landscape Professional Field Day. The educational and networking opportunities that Field Day provides for landscape industry professionals is unique and invaluable. We look forward to continuing to partner with NCSU in offering the highest quality landscape industry education in the years to come.
NCNLA will be offering several opportunities for licensing and certification credits at our Summer Green Road Show in Hickory this August 12-13th. The lineup includes a rare “V” credit session to fulfill continuing education requirements for Private pesticide applicators. We’re continuing to update our educational lineup for Hickory in August, so be sure to stop back and visit the SGRS website as more information becomes available.
The dates for NCSU’s Landscape Field Day 2015 were never finalized. For years, the Field Day traditionally took place in mid-May. In an attempt to improve participation, last year’s Landscape Field Day 2014 was moved to August to coincide with NCNLA’s Summer Green Road Show in Raleigh.
We are hopeful that in addition to reviewing educational offerings at future Field Days, there is additional consideration of the best time of year for professional landscape firms to participate in this great event.
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 $1.8 billion in crop liability for North Carolina growers. The state had nearly 20,000 policies in force for 2014, and these policies covered over 3.7 million North Carolina crop acres. Many of North Carolina’s insured producers suffered a loss and received an indemnity in 2014; in fact, the average indemnity per indemnified policy for 2014 was over $23,700.
Landscape Contractors License Becomes Law
A new license for NC landscape contractors became law on Aug. 7, 2014.
Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor License Now Available -
Includes exterior backflow preventers connected to water service piping two inches in diameter or less.
Licensed NC Irrigation Contractors who meet the qualifications must submit a completed application to the Board by August 31, 2014.
Sales and Use Tax: Have you filed for a New agricultural exemption certificate?
The NC General Assembly passed a new law, HB1050, that sets new requirements for farmers to qualify for sales and use tax exemptions. All agricultural exemption certificate holders are required to act on this notice based on these changes so that you won’t lose your exemption October 1, 2014.
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