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Inaugural Impact Conference: Building Sustainable Landscapes
The conference will be held Oct. 17 at the Chicago Botanic Garden from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration is now open. The sessions will show attendees how to create vigorous, low maintenance landscapes that endure over time.

BioSafe Systems Announces the Availability of AXXE® Organic Herbicide in Canada
BioSafe Systems announced the availability of AXXE herbicide for agricultural, greenhouse/nursery, interiorscape, municipal, turf and landscape use across Canada. AXXE is organic compliant and a reduced-risk, non-selective herbicide that provides rapid burn down to a variety of grasses and weeds as well as moss, liverwort and algae within hours of application. The non-residual chemistry breaks down within a few days, yet provides over 4 weeks of broad-spectrum control.

Integrated Pest Management Symposium
The North Carolina Arboretum, in conjunction with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will host its seventh annual Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium on Sept. 28 inside the Arboretum’s Education Center in Asheville. The IPM Symposium presents a continuing education and professional development resource for green industry professionals, educators and master gardeners on Integrated Pest Management programs for nurseries, landscapes and farm crops. Participants who attend the full-day conference will have the opportunity to receive pesticide credits and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee (pending). IPM attendees must register in advance online.

Markel Announces Investment In Costa Farms
Markel Corporation and Costa Farms announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Markel to acquire a majority interest in Costa Farms and its related operating companies. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.