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  • 11 Apr 2014 7:30 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    IPLLA TO HOLD IRRIGATION CONTRACTORS MEETING ON
    CITIZEN ENERGY GROUP BACKFLOW TEST REPORTING
     
     
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    IPLLA TO HOLD IRRIGATION CONTRACTORS MEETING ON CITIZEN ENERGY GROUP BACKFLOW TEST REPORTING

    When:   Tuesday April 22, 2014
                  5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Where:   George’s Neighborhood Restaurant
                  
    6935 Lake Plaza Drive     (71st & Binford Blvd)
                   Indianapolis, IN  46220


    Recently, Citizens Energy Group announced plans to automate their backflow test reporting system.  These plans entail the use of a 3rd party firm to accept and process such tests as they are submitted by affected irrigation contractors. The system requires a fee of $9.95 to be paid, by the contractor, for each and every test report submitted.

    IPLLA, through its association with the Green Industry Alliance, opposed this proposal and was successful in pushing back the charges to contractors until late this year.  However, the plan is still in place and fees will be charged beginning late this year and escalating to $9.95 per test in 2015.  This is a charge that affected contractors will need to pay if they perform backflow checks on customers of Citizens.  Those firms affected should be concerned as should those not yet affected.

    While the busy season is upon us all, we hope you will take time to join us on April 22nd to learn more about this situation and how IPLLA and the Green Industry Alliance should respond to it in the long term.  See you then.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association



  • 26 Mar 2014 8:34 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
       





    Pesticide Review Board

    UPDATE - March 2014

    To:  All IPLLA Members

    The Indiana Pesticide Review Board met at the Daniels Turf Center at Purdue University on Friday February 28, 2014.  Below is a brief summary of the items on the agenda.

    • 1.      The Office of Indiana State Chemist is conducting an online review of pesticide products entering Indiana. In a number of cases, product manufactured outside of Indiana and then shipped to customers in the state, is not properly registered either with the Office of Indiana State Chemist, or with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or both.  Enforcement action is being taken where required.

    • 2.      OISC field investigators reported a number violations in which unlicensed applicators were making weed control applications without being properly supervised.

    • 3.      We also see some violations in which a person who passes the Registered Technician exam, then fails to apply for his or her actual license.  Once an employee passes the RT exam, it is then the employer’s responsibility to apply for the license itself. This entails payment of $45.00 for the annual license fee.  Until that license is obtained, the employee is not a Registered Technician.

    • 4.      The State Chemist continues to investigate misbranded products for Bed Bug control that are being sold over the internet.  Such products sometimes are found to carry misleading or false statements regarding the quality of control offered.  In other cases, the product uses an EPA or USDA logo on their packaging to imply that the product has received some sort of endorsement from either of these two agencies.

    • 5.      Representatives of Category 12 (Wood Destroying Pest Inspectors) appeared before the Board to object to the requirement that such inspectors must carry Errors and Omissions Coverage in addition to their normal liability insurance.  The group indicated that the coverage is overly expensive and the deductible too high.  The coverage is currently required to protect property owners from damage that may occur as a result of an inaccurate wood destroying pest inspection.  Their objection will be further discussed at a future meeting of the Board.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director – IPLLA
    Member – Indiana Pesticide Review Board


  • 03 Feb 2014 2:04 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
  • 12 Jun 2013 8:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

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  • 03 Apr 2013 7:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    Office of the Indiana State Chemist is offering the Core Exam Testing at
    Primo West Conference Center in Plainfield on April 24, 2013
     
     
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    Indiana State Chemist to Offer Core
    Exam Testing Only Opportunity on April 24,2013

    The Office of Indiana State Chemist will offer a Core Testing Opportunity at Primo West Conference Center in Plainfield, IN. on April 24th.

    This is an excellent opportunity to have your new applicators take the core at a central location.  Primo West is at the intersection of I 70 and SR 267 just west of the Indianapolis International Airport.

    We would emphasize that this is testing only and that no training will be offered prior to the examination.

    Registration is now open by calling the Indiana State Chemist Office at 1-800-893-6637.  I would urge you to make these arrangements as soon as possible as the session is limited to the first 100 people applying.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association




  • 17 Jan 2013 9:00 AM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)

    Applicator Licensing Testing at IPLLA Regional Workshops

    IPLLA’s Regional Workshops are scheduled for February 2013 and pre-registration is coming in daily for these popular events.  Workshops are scheduled for:

        February 12 –The Hotel Fort Wayne (formerly the Ft. Wayne Marriott)

        February 13 – Merrillville at the Radisson Star Plaza

        February 19 - Seymour at the Jackson County Learning Center

        February 20 - Plainfield at Primo West Conference Center

    For the first time ever, we will be offering you the opportunity to have employees take the Registered Technician or Core Exam at Ft. Wayne, Merrillville, and Seymour.  The employee must be registered for the respective workshop, but there is no additional cost to then take the Registered Technician (RT) exam.

    Your employee can attend the morning educational sessions and then take the RT Exam in the afternoon.  Should they pass the exam, they will receive Continuing Credit Hours (CCH’s) for those sessions which they attended that morning.  This is quite an opportunity for your employees to take the exam in your local area and we hope many of you will take advantage of it.

    Remember, this is exam only and any training materials can be purchased through the Purdue Extension Education Store by call (765) 6794.

    So, go online now at WWW.IPLLA.COM and get registered for the workshop of your choice, and the opportunity to have your employees take the applicator exam.  If you have already registered to attend the workshop, then you can simply still sign up your employee for testing.

    We’ll see you soon at the 2013 IPLLA Regional Workshops.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    IPLLA




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  • 04 Jan 2013 3:00 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)


       




    The Regional Workshops Kick Off

    2013 Educational Programs!

    2013 Regional Brochure

    Click here for more information and to register:


    Links

    Office of the Indiana State Chemist
    http://www.isco.purdue.edu/

    Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory
    http://www.ppdl.purdue.edu/PPDL/


    2013 OISC Lawn & Landscape
    Priorities

    OISC Priorities 2013





    OISC Issues Lawn & Landscape Priorities for 2013


    OISC Priorities 2013

    Click to Open

    The above document is often requested from the OISC office and staff.  Thanks to Joe Becovitz for making this available to us!


    UPCOMING EVENTS IN 2013: As you prepare for next season, also prepare to attend our annual series of Educational Programs.

    February 12, 2013 -  Regional Workshop at the  "The Hotel Fort Wane" in Fort Wayne (formerly the Ft. Wayne Marriott)

    February 13, 2013 -  Regional Workshop at Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville

    February 19, 2013 -  Regional Workshop at the Jackson Country Learning Center in Seymour (NEW Location!)

    February 20, 2013 – Regional Workshop at Primo West in Plainfield

    August 22, 2013  - 27th Annual IPLLA Summer Field Day in Danville

    December 18, 2013 – IPLLA Winter Workshop

    More information about these events will be forthcoming as we move into the year.

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    IPLLA  

  • 05 Dec 2012 12:57 PM | IPLLA Admin (Administrator)
    Unemployment Eligibility in Indiana
     
     
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    Unemployment Eligibility in Indiana

    We have received member inquiries regarding who is and who is not eligible for unemployment compensation during the normal downtime of the lawn and landscape season.  These questions have arisen as a result of actions taken by the Indiana General Assembly in 2011 that do have some impact on contracted employees or those who are on-call, or those who are taking paid vacation during a normal lay-off period.

    For your information, I am enclosing a copy of this Alert forwarded to us by the Green Industry Alliance.  Their ability to promptly respond to such questions is one of the real benefits of being a member of the Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association.

    The alert, and new guidelines, are linked below.

    It is my opinion that the new regulations will not affect lawn and landscape companies unless they are, in some manner, compensating their employees during a layoff period or paying them to be on call during a layoff period.  Determining how, or even if, these changes impact your individual operation is something that should be discussed with your accountant.

    Caryl Auslander of the Corydon Group, our government affairs representative, will be on hand at the December 19th Winter Workshop to give us an update on the upcoming legislative session.  I have asked her to include this topic in her briefing.

    We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Workshop.

    VIEW THIS ALERT!

    View Unemployment Eligibility ALERT here

    IPLLA 2012 Winter Workshop Registration Information

    Bob Andrews
    Executive Director
    Indiana Professional Lawn & Landscape Association


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