Industry news

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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H-2A and H-2B: Clarifying temporary guest worker programs

March 22, 2022

by Arnulfo Hinojosa, Federation of Employers & Workers of America   There are many misconceptions about the H-2A and H-2B programs that have circulated both in the media and within the business community. Here is some clarification: Major misconception:  The H-2A/H-2B workers are employed because they are a source of…

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LEAF: Landscape Equipment and Agricultural Fairness Act

March 10, 2022

On February 15, 2022 UAC’s Mary Kay Woodworth spoke to the House Governmental Affairs Committee. In February, the Georgia Urban Ag Council, working with Tolar Capitol Partners, asked Representative Don Hogan to introduce House Bill 1301, the Landscape Equipment and Agricultural Fairness Act (LEAF).  This bill was introduced due to…

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SkillsUSA: UAC partners with NALP Foundation for landscape competition

March 9, 2022

Workforce development is a very high priority for the Georgia Urban Ag Council, and introducing our industry to students, parents and educators is paramount to success in growing our workforce. We are excited to announce that UAC is partnering with the National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation on an exciting…

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2022 GA Sod Survey shows limited inventories, higher prices for spring

February 22, 2022

The Georgia Urban Ag Council conducted their twenty-sixth survey of Georgia sod producers.  The purpose of the survey was to determine the status of inventory levels and projected price changes for spring 2022.  This year, 18 producers participated in the survey, representing farm sizes which were less than 300 acres…

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