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  • New Directors Named to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)
    MDNR New Directors Named to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MDARD and Michigan Department of Natural Resources MDNR On July 9 2012 Governor Rick Snyder appointed Jamie Clover Adams as Director of the MDARD Director Clover Adams replaces Keith Creagh who was appointed as Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources MDNR We thank Keith for his work at the MDARD and look forward to working with

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/print/1141 (2016-02-18)
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  • Pending Legislation that We're Working on for Michigan's Green Industry
    for MI Department of Agriculture Rural Development Pesticide Plant Pest Management Division Members click here for more information b Food Agriculture Strategic Growth Initiative Members click here for more information c Miss Dig Legislation Members click here for more information d Invasive Terrestrial Species SB 26 Members click here for more information e Transportation Funding Members click here for more information f House Bill 4038 A Bill to add Autumn

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/print/1143 (2016-02-18)
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  • Association Report - February 2013 | Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
    These councils include Landscape Design Build Snowplowing Landscape Management Irrigation Grower Retail Supplier and Gen NEXT If you d like to get more involved participating in these councils is a great first step Contact me today to learn more and to get started On another note our annual Green Industry Legislative Day is being held February 14th and I need you to join us in Lansing to increase awareness of

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/story/association_report_february_2013 (2016-02-18)
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  • President's Message - February 2013 | Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
    On this day we split into groups of two or three people and convey short bulletpoint messages to as many of our State Senators and Representatives as we can cover The messages are based on hot topics potentially affecting our industry The first time I attended this I was nervous and uncomfortable but I quickly found out that it was well organized and very interesting and an effective way to

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/story/presidents_message_february_2013 (2016-02-18)
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  • 3PM Report: Barberry Identity Verification and Black Stem Rust Survey | Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
    ago Ug99 has held the agricultural world in suspense as governments and scientists rush to protect wheat crops To protect Michigan s wheat industry from the threat posed by Ug99 and new strains of other rust fungi Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development MDARD in collaboration with the U S Department of Agriculture conducted a barberry and black stem rust survey in the state in 2010 2011 The objectives of the survey were 1 to verify that all barberry cultivars offered for sale in the state were those of Japanese barberry Berberis thunbergii a species known to be immune to black stem rust 2 that Common barberry had not reestablished in the state and 3 to determine the status of black stem rust in Michigan wheat fields Methods and Procedures In 2010 a total of 150 barberry plants representing 17 cultivars from propagating nurseries were collected by MDARD and shipped to Dr Mark Brand s laboratory at the University of Connecticut for DNA analysis using seven Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism AFLP markers An additional 161 plant samples were collected from retail outlets and maintained in a hoop house for DNA extraction at MDARD s Plant Pathology Laboratory in East Lansing Polymerase Chain Reaction PCR quality DNA was extracted from the plant samples and sent to Dr Brand s laboratory for analysis and cultivar determination In February 2011 field surveys for Common barberry and black stem rust were conducted in accordance with standard wheat scouting and inspection procedures Findings The seven marker AFLP procedure used at Dr Brand s laboratory successfully confirmed all 150 barberry plant samples from the propagating nurseries as true to name for their respective cultivars of B thunbergii AFLP analysis of the 161 retail outlet samples confirmed 151 of the samples as true to name and

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/story/3pm_report_barberry_identity_verification_and_black_stem_rust_survey (2016-02-18)
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  • Boxwood Blight Cleanliness Program and Compliance Agreement for Production Nurseries | Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
    time of delivery and contact MDARD if signs or symptoms of the disease are suspected isolate by distance or barrier any newly received host plants from existing plants or plants from another source for at least 30 days avoid applying fungicides that could prevent detection of the disease locate plants on a surface that can be cleaned and positioned to prevent water runoff into potting media and host production areas and use sanitation measures for vehicles and for host plants being returned to the nursery Water Management Avoid overhead watering watering in a manner that ensures that leaves are dry before nightfall monitor for host plant debris in water run off minimize water run off between production sites and minimize standing water in host plant blocks Sanitation Inspect host plant production areas regularly for host plant debris remove host plant debris by regular cleaning and do not add it to compost sanitize tools and equipment between blocks with an effective disinfectant sanitize the production area at the end of each production cycle after first removing all crop debris use new or sanitized pots and flats for production and use new potting media or sterilize used potting media prior to reuse Inspection Employ trained personnel to inspect host plants in isolation areas on a weekly basis report plants with signs or symptoms of the disease to MDARD and withhold suspect plants from sale or distribution until MDARD has inspected and certified them Training of Personnel Recognize the basic signs and symptoms of the disease use proper sanitation practices to meet the intent of the Compliance Agreement including worker safety and use approved training materials made available by ANLA National Plant Board and MDARD websites Recordkeeping Maintain wholesale receiving and shipping documents including certificates of inspection for 36 months after the date

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/story/boxwood_blight_cleanliness_program_and_compliance_agreement_production_nurseries (2016-02-18)
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  • Boxwood Blight - Plant Health Concern | Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
    Suffruticosa common boxwood dwarf cultivar B sinica Korean boxwood and B sinica var insularis Korean boxwood The pathogen is known to occur in Europe Belgium Croatia France Georgia Germany Ireland Italy the Netherlands Slovenia Spain Switzerland United Kingdom and Oceania New Zealand A scientific factsheet and other information on boxwood blight are posted at www ANLA org Updates as of February 3 2012 Background Pathogen first described in U K in mid 1990 s now throughout most of Europe Found in New Zealand in 2002 Unfortunately despite published alerts the U S and Canada failed to take protective regulatory measures when they might have had a better chance of succeeding In U S it has now been detected in the states of CT MA RI NY PA MD VA NC and OR and province of BC In some cases detections have been in nurseries only in others in landscape settings It is a serious disease appearing to affect most if not all of the commercially important boxwood species and cultivars produced in North America On a slightly positive note the blight is NOT a threat to natural environmental plant resources or important non nursery agricultural crops It is a nursery and landscape issue That said boxwoods are a major nursery crop and an iconic landscape plant Regulatory Options Response options are on a continuum At one end of spectrum is possibility of federal action to quarantine the pathogen and regulate nursery stock At this point USDA is still evaluating information and options There is some concern that the disease is too widespread for effective quarantine action Some believe that detections would have continued to be made except for the fact that fall and winter arrived and that new detections are possible or even likely when the growing season starts A

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/story/boxwood_blight_plant_health_concern (2016-02-18)
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  • Grower | Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association
    Center At the Michigan Nursery Landscape Association we know that owning and managing a business is not an easy task Second only to the weather we also recognize that Government Regulation impacts your business more than anything else This Compliance Center was created as a resource for our members to inform and keep you current on State and National regulation that is relevant to the Green Industry We appreciate your

    Original URL path: http://www.mnla.org/taxonomy/term/12?page=1 (2016-02-18)
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