Industry news

2024 GALA award winners

April 2, 2024

Celebrating Success: 2024 GALA Awards Megan Galyas accepts the Judges’ Choice Award on behalf of Gibbs Landscape. Abigail and Jason Coultas of Huckleberry Enterprises are the winners of the Newcomer of the Year Award. ServeScape’s CEO/Founder Mario Cambardella (center) accepts the 2024 Supplier of the Year Award from Mary Kay…

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Investing in tomorrow

May 31, 2023

Growing job education grows job opportunities by Mary Kay Woodworth, Georgia UAC Executive Director A recent economic analysis of Georgia’s workforce shows we are home to 2.1 million jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related fields and more than half are held by residents who do not hold…

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Tree industry licensure

May 10, 2023

Legislation would bring standards and enforcement Recently, the Georgia Legislature assigned a resolution to the committee on regulated industries to hold hearings regarding a bill for possible new legislation. The goal of that legislation would be to bring standards and enforcement to the tree industry in Georgia through required licensure.…

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Governor Kemp signs HB 374 LEAF Act

May 2, 2023

The Georgia Urban Ag Council is proud to have the Landscape Equipment and Agricultural Fairness “LEAF” Act signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp. Upon signing HB 374, Governor Kemp remarked “This bill is about choice and freedom.” His leadership and that of Senator Shawn Still and bipartisan support of…

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DHS to release additional visas

October 24, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Department of Labor (DOL), will be issuing a regulation that will make an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for fiscal year (FY) 2023. These visas are in addition to the 66,000 H-2B visas that are normally allocated each…

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Georgia UAC offers congratulations

September 20, 2022

Kudos to these industry leaders! Brian Schartz Dr. Brian Schwartz, assistant professor of turfgrass breeding and management at the University of Georgia, Tifton Campus. Schwartz was bestowed the “Phil Karr Water Wise Award” by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP).  GAWP recognized Dr. Schwartz for his great “contributions to…

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Skills USA introduces industry to young adults

June 27, 2022

Above, from left: NALP Foundation’s Jenn Myers, Oklahoma horticulture instructor Kara Murphy, UAC Executive Director Mary Kay Woodworth, Pamela Moore also from the NALP Foundation, and Raschely Flint from Plants Creative Landscapes teamed together to present the inaugural “National Skills USA Landscape Competition and Careers Booth at the SkillsUSA National…

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Reducing water needs

June 15, 2022

Turfgrass trials at UGA Griffin campus. Clint Waltz, University of Georgia (left) and Kevin Morris, Executive Director of the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). Turfgrass research yields new varieties by Mary Kay Woodworth, Executive Director, Georgia Urban Ag Council “It’s not easy being green,” goes the saying. As far back…

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UAC’s Woodworth recognized with award

June 1, 2022

UAC Executive Director Mary Kay Woodworth was recently recognized as a 2022 Women in the Green Industry Award recipient. The award by Green Industry Pros honors female professionals whose accomplishments and mentorship influence others in the landscaping community and offer a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage the industry…

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Leaf blower restrictions: Update for 2022 and beyond

April 13, 2022

Lawmakers continued to voice their support for protecting the use of gasoline powered leaf blowers, but even as we pushed into the late hours of Day 40 of the 2022 legislative session, this policy issue fell short. We will continue to engage with colleagues from the National Association of Landscape…

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