February 5, 2018- The New Jersey Nursery & Landscape Association (NJNLA) celebrated another year of outstanding educational seminars with “standing room only” attendance during the 8th Annual NJ Plants Trade Show at the New Jersey Convention Center on January 30 and 31 in Edison.
Record attendance at the educational sessions included attendees from New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, seeking to obtain eleven different types of continuing education credits. Speakers came from as far away as Texas and Ohio to present topics that included Snow & Ice Liability, Labor Issues, Licensed Tree Expert & Licensed Tree Care Operator Licensing, Spotted Lanternfly Updates, a live drone demonstration and talks on pests and diseases that are of concern to landscapers and other green industry professionals.
The show draws together landscape professionals, garden center owners, nursery growers, suppliers and commercial groundskeepers to exchange ideas and develop connections that could make the season ahead more profitable.
The NJNLA is responsible for providing attendees with educational opportunities in a variety of topics. This year’s line-up included customized tracks for Pesticide Recertification, Business Development Tools, Hot Topics in the Industry and “Simply Spanish” – a series of classes that were designed to provide business development tools, in Spanish. The “Simply Spanish” track included the first-ever class on “How to Obtain a Pesticide License and Why you Need One”, presented by Stephen Bross, Environmental Specialist from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and translated into Spanish by Dr. Raul Cabrera, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, Rutgers Agricultural Research & Extension Center. In total, there were twenty-four classes offered during the two day show.
This year’s event was honored with visits from New Jersey Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, New Jersey Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher, Thomas Beaver, Director of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Division of Marketing and Development, and Gardener News Executive Editor and Publisher Tom Castronovo.
The NJNLA has other educational opportunities scheduled throughout the year, including the Summer Plant Symposium on August 15 and The Landscape/Greenhouse Conference on October 23. Details on this, and other programs, can be found on their website: www.njnla.org.
The New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association is the oldest green industry organization in New Jersey and supports all industry businesses, nurseries, landscape professionals, and garden centers by advocating on issues of importance; collecting and distributing important information, articles and best management practices; and coordinating educational and networking events to strengthen connections within the industry. For more information about NJNLA, please visit www.njnla.org.