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Bob Mann Joins NALP As Director Of State And Local Government Relations
The National Association of Landscape Professionals has announced that Bob Mann, Landscape Industry Certified, formerly the Agronomist for Lawn Dawg, will join the association, beginning on September 5, in a newly created role, Director of State and Local Government Relations. Mann is a graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in Turf Management and a 1985 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He is also a Landscape Industry Certified Lawn Care Manager and a Certified Pesticide Applicator in six states.

OASIS® Grower Solutions Introduces 100 Percent Biodegradable PlantPaper Wrap for Young Plant Propagation
Oasis® Grower Solutions introduced its new PlantPaper, a 100 percent biodegradable paper wrap for plant propagation media for young plant production. PlantPaper is an all-natural, bio-based, wrap media that contains no glue and does not leave any chemical residues. PlantPaper can be used with most paper pot machines and works well for slow-to-root cultivars. The expected biodegradation of PlantPaper averages 12 months, but depends on the environment. The Oasis Grower Solutions PlantPaper is available in plug diameters ranging from 20 to 80 millimeters. Due to its proprietary construction, PlantPaper self-glues, alleviating the need for chemical glues. The sealing temperature for the paper is between 239 and 284 degrees Fahrenheit (115 and 140 Celsius), depending on equipment type, production speeds and run sizes.

Horticultural Research Institute Applications Due Sept. 8
Scholarships totaling $18,500 for the 2017-2018 school year are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career in horticulture. HRI and its member firms consider graduating students in horticulture to be the lifeblood of the green industry. The scholarship application and prerequisite information are available on the Horticultural Research Institute website.