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ASLA Officially Opens 2018 Call for Awards Entries
The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is now accepting entries for the 2018 Professional and Student Awards, the world’s most prestigious juried landscape architecture competition. Each year, the ASLA Professional Awards honor the best in landscape architecture from around the globe, while the ASLA Student Awards give us a glimpse into the future of the profession. Entry payments and submissions must be submitted online. Award recipients receive featured coverage in Landscape Architecture Magazine, the magazine of ASLA, and in many other design and construction industry and general interest media. Award recipients, their clients and advisors will be honored at the awards presentation ceremony during the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Philadelphia, October 19-22, 2018. Professional entry registrations and payments are due by February 19, 2018; submission deadline is March 5. Student entry registrations and payments are due by May 7, 2018; submission deadline is May 21.

Benchmarking the Industry: Help NICH Help You Get More
The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH) is asking all business and nonprofits engaged in horticulture for their input in a brief, three-minute survey to help grow the industry. This short industry survey is designed to measure the types of information used to run horticultural businesses and to identify ways to increase horticulture’s access to federal, state, and other sources of critical funding. Some of the questions the survey asks are which internal numbers are the ones tracked to benchmark performance? What external information is helpful in developing sales and marketing plans, or in speaking before your City Council or County Commissioners about expanding your business? The results of this survey will help NICH identify what data is important to collect, understand, and disseminate to the industry. It also will identify any gaps in current data and prioritize NICH’s efforts, says Hamrick, who is the director of specialty crops for the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation. The information NICH develops will be accessible and usable by the industry to meet its needs, whether that’s boosting business sales through a better understanding of the market, or boosting individual productivity and/or profitability through better knowledge of the economic drivers impacting business.

Webinar: Managing Rose Rosette Disease in the Landscape
Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has been making an unwelcome appearance in landscapes across the United States. A virus carried by an eriophyid mite, this disease can affect all cultivated roses, including shrubs, hybrid teas, floribunda, grandifloras, and miniatures. Researchers and breeders are hard at work developing solutions to combat RRD. In the meantime, there are many steps landscapers can take to help prevent its spread. This free webinar hosted by Star® Roses and Plants and presented by a panel of RRD experts. 

The webinar will be Monday, February 26, 2018 at 1 p.m. EST.

Attendees will learn:

• How to identify and confirm RRD

• Best Management Practices for preventing RRD

• Treatment recommendations tailored for the landscape industry

A live Q&A session will follow the presentation, offering you a chance to pose questions to our expert panelists.