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2017 Farwest Show Registration Opens with Early-Bird Discounts for Attendees and Exhibitors
Registration for the 2017 Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon, is now open for attendees and exhibitors. Early registration comes with discount pricing on hotels, trade show passes, tours, and education. This year’s attendance is expected to increase with a new and improved schedule for show days and hours. Farwest 2017 takes place Aug. 23 – 25, with the trade show opening later, at noon on Wednesday, to offer more flexibility for attendees and exhibitors to visit nurseries. Student/Teacher discounts are available for the trade show and all seminars and the show’s keynote address will be free to all registrants.

GIE+EXPO 2017 Registration is Open for Landscape Professionals
Registration is now open for GIE+EXPO 2017, and with the combination of education, many new exhibitors and travel discounts. The annual tradeshow is set for Oct. 18-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and online registration is available.

Registration for the 2017 AAS Summer Summit is Now Open
The registration for the 2017 Summer Summit is now open. All-America Selections and National Garden Bureau are partnering with the Home Garden Seed Association to host a back-to-back event in upstate New York on Sep. 5-8.

Incoming AmericanHort President and Willoway Nurseries President Tom Demaline Attended “Farmers Roundtable” at the White House
Incoming AmericanHort president and Willoway Nurseries president Tom Demaline attended the “Farmers Roundtable” at the White House alongside U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and President Trump to address issues facing the American agriculture community. President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. The roundtable discussion allowed representatives from all corners of American agriculture to raise concerns and share ideas, just as the task force begins its mission “to promote economic development and revitalization, job growth, infrastructure, innovation, and quality of life issues for rural America,” according to the president’s order. 

Applications Now Open for 2017 NCNLA Green Industry Support Program
The North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Inc. supports the endeavors of institutions, organizations, educators and other industry-affiliated entities through sponsorships and grant funding annually. NCNLA’s Green Industry Support Program provides funding for programs and activities that will benefit businesses, employees and students throughout North Carolina’s vertically-integrated green industry.

Funding is available in two forms:

  • Green Industry Sponsorships: This is a program or event-based award, making sponsorship funding available for eligible entities to conduct industry-related programs and educational events that benefit green industry businesses, employees and students throughout North Carolina. The maximum sponsorship award for FY2017 is $1,000.
  • Green Industry Grants: This is a project or activity-based award, available for eligible entities to initiate new projects or to conduct ongoing activities that contribute to North Carolina’s green industry businesses, professionals and students. The maximum grant award for FY2017 is $2,000.

All applications must be received in the NCNLA office no later than June 30, 2017.