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  • July 13, 2022 11:44 AM | Anonymous

    MASSACHUSETTS | Revised Pesticide Bill Introduced, Expands Pesticide Restrictions on School Property, Allows for Electronic Records. 

    On Tuesday, a new draft of House Bill 4600 was introduced on Beacon Hill that would make changes to the Massachusetts Pesticide Control Act, Chapter 132b, including the expansion of restrictions on pesticide use on school grounds to include public institutions of higher education. Massachusetts has long had restrictions on pesticide use in and around public K-12 schools and day care facilities requiring IPM planning, public notification and application restrictions. The bill now requires schools to adopt and implement IPM plans by November 1, 2022. The bill will also make changes to the reporting requirements of pesticide use to the state, first allowing the state’s Department of Agricultural Resources to collect the information electronically via the already established ePlace Portal system and will require the state to make that data available to the public on an annual basis.  

    The state’s formal, two-year session will end on July 31st with much negotiation going on until the final hour.  The new bill, House 4931, is expected to be voted on in the House shortly.  


  • July 13, 2022 11:41 AM | Anonymous

    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/newsletters/hort-notes/hort-notes-2022-vol-335


  • July 13, 2022 11:39 AM | Anonymous

    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/landscape-message-july-8-2022

  • July 12, 2022 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    The July 19th, 2022, CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable topic is “Lyme Connection - BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Education”

    This will be a Zoom virtual event.

    You must register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Register Here!

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  • June 30, 2022 8:53 PM | Anonymous

    UMass Extension’s Green School (UMass Extension)

    October 25, 2022 – December 15, 2022 | 3 hours (plus break) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons | $900 early bird, $1,025 regular, scholarships available

    A comprehensive 60-plus-hour-certificate short course that offers fundamental horticultural training in a compact time frame. The program is designed for professional practitioners such as landscapers, lawn care providers, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists, professional gardeners, landscape and garden designers, and others in the green industries. Both experienced professionals and those aspiring to be will benefit from this course.

    Registration deadline October 18.

    For early-bird tuition rate, register by September 15.


  • June 24, 2022 12:15 PM | Anonymous


  • June 10, 2022 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    According to The Advocate

    The Massachusetts Glyphosate Commission released the Phase I report that was earlier commissioned by MDAR to begin the process of complying with legislature’s scientific review of the popular herbicide. Eastern Research Group (ERG), the same contractor that assisted the Commonwealth on the recently concluded Mosquito Control for the 21st Century Task Force, completed the 20-page overview of available information, key assessments, identification of stakeholders for future consultation and next steps. Since the funds made available by the legislature were far less than what the market demanded for a complete review, the commission divided the task into two phases. Once phase I is complete, the commission plans to ask the legislature for sufficient funds to complete the study.

  • June 10, 2022 5:26 PM | Anonymous

    https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/landscape-message-june-10-2022

  • May 20, 2022 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    As you know products that contain neonicotinoids and have certain use patterns will have a classification change from General Use to Restricted Use on July 1, 2022.  In order to help inform the manufacturers, dealers, sellers and applicators of which products will be changing from general use to restricted use, the Department has created the list of neonicotinoid products that currently are and will become restricted use beginning July 1st.  You may find the list at the link below.  Please note that this list is subject to change.

    Additionally, MDAR is anticipating that there will be more of a need for companies to follow the Direct Supervision regulations with this change.  Therefore, MDAR has updated its Direct Supervision Frequently Asked Question document as well. 

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/list-of-neonicotinoid-pesticides/download

    https://www.mass.gov/doc/direct-supervision-frequently-asked-questions-faq/download

    Taryn LaScola-Miner, Director, Crop and Pest Services Division

  • May 07, 2022 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    MASSACHUSETTS | Nantucket Town Meeting Passes Fertilizer Ban

    A citizen petition on the town warrant that would ban the use of fertilizer on lawns passed overwhelmingly at Town Meeting on Tuesday evening. This effort reflects the town’s desire to escape from the requirements of the Massachusetts nutrient management law which requires that anyone using fertilizer in the Commonwealth abide by best management practices published by UMass Amherst. 

    Bob DaCosta, a local scallop fisherman and former selectman, offered an amendment to go back to the original language of the article, claiming fertilizer applications are polluting Nantucket in spite of the fact that this harbor receives more raw sewage from boats than any other harbor on the east coast. The scallop industry on the island has been in steep decline for years. The measure passed on a 347-105 vote. 

    This home rule measure must now pass muster with the state attorney general’s office. Chapter 262 of the General Laws preempt local regulation of fertilizer, and it is expected that the measure will not be approved on that basis. If it is indeed approved, legislation will need to be filed by both the Senator and Representative representing Nantucket in the General Court, and due to the late date and other priorities it is unlikely that the legislature will act on this issue. NALP joins with the Green Industry Alliance and green industry associations in opposing this issue and will engage as appropriate as events unfold. 


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