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January 11-15, 2016
Greensboro, NC

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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:

  • Why was the 2015 Landscape Field Day cancelled?

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.

  • Will Landscape Field Day return in the future?

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.

  • How will I get my continuing education credits that I normally received by attending Field Day?

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.

  • What were the dates for Landscape Field Day 2015?

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.

Some North Carolina nursery growers do not realize that RMA offers a crop insurance program for wholesale nursery operations. During 2014, many North Carolina nursery operations were covered by the program; combined, the liability coverage for these nursery operations totaled over $58.7 million.

So, how will you manage risk in 2015? North Carolina nursery producers are reminded that May 1 is the sales closing date for participation in RMA’s Nursery Crop Insurance Program for 2015.

Producers planning to start (or modify) coverage should contact a crop insurance agent immediately to meet the May 1 sales closing deadline and learn of other key program dates and reporting requirements.

A crop insurance agent directory is available on the RMA website at The RMA website also offers many other useful tools, including a premium calculator, extensive program descriptions, and a variety of educational materials. A nursery program fact sheet is available at

Federal crop insurance program policies are sold and serviced by private crop insurance companies. Custom Ag Solutions works with RMA and other partner organizations to educate North Carolina producers about risk management and Federal crop insurance programs. To receive information by mail, call CAS at 877-227-8094. USDA, RMA, and CAS are equal opportunity providers.


Landscape Contractors License Becomes Law
A new license for NC landscape contractors became law on Aug. 7, 2014.
For more information click here. 
For an application for the new license click here

Restricted Limited Plumbing Contractor License Now Available -
Includes exterior backflow preventers connected to water service piping two inches in diameter or less.

For information on obtaining this license, and the qualification process for licensed NC Irrigation Contractors, please contact the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors (the "Board") at or by calling the Board's officer at 919-875-3612.

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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