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  • Spring 2014

    The nnLA MiSSion: To Serve The green induSTry by educATing And SupporTing our MeMberS To SucceSSfuLLy iMprove The quALiTy of our environMenT.

    Nebraska Nursery News N e b r a s k a N U r s e r Y a N D l a N D s c a p e a s s o c i a t i o N

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    the 2014 Nebraska Great plaiNs conference proved to be another success for the Nebraska Nursery and landscape association and the Nebraska arborists association. this was the second joint winter conference for the two associations.

    once again, the conference was held at the cornhusker Hotel in lincoln. the conference was held January 16 and 17; a month earlier than the 2013 conference.

    lieutenant Governor lavon Heidemann welcomed attendees to lincoln, and the conference started off with keynote speaker kaizad irani who provided a presentation entitled “Grow to sell, sell to Grow - achieving a Successful and Profitable balance.”

    thursday was full of numerous breakout sessions featuring topics on visual thinking for the green industry, opportunities for women in horticulture, starting a vineyard, content marketing, resilient landscapes, and much more.

    kris bachtell, director at the Morton arboretum, started off Friday morning with a keynote presentation “New elms for american cities.” some of the topics of the breakout sessions for the day included spring training, hardscapes, grid design principles, customer service, safety regulations and more. We were excited to bring back the backyard Farmer panel to our conference as they presented, “Myth busters - Who Ya Gonna call?”

    Jason cupp provided the final keynote in the afternoon - ending the conference with a great session on “ U n d e r s t a n d i n g Your sales process: it’s about You or all

    about the client.” Jason was able to fill in last minute for Judy Guido and we had numerous requests to bring him back next year.

    once again, both associations hosted a silent auction. there were a wide variety of items to bid on. this year we brought back the live auction which closed out the day on thursday. there were a lot of great items and generous bidders! thank you to those companies and individuals that donated to the NNla auction. please be sure to donate to the NNla auction next year as the funds go toward the scholarship fund. Just over $3,200 was raised this year!

    the NNla business Meeting was held on Friday during lunch.

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    the exhibit hall featured a new layout and included auction items

    NNla members attended the business Meeting

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    president’s Message bY kiM DaviDsoN

    NNla members,

    Did anyone see it? that big yellow thing up in the sky? Yes - the sun, and with it comes warmer

    weather. What typically follows are robins singing, with trucks and equipment having been serviced and ready to go, but wait, where are the employees?!! it seems as though our industry just never has enough people to fill all the vacant positions that need filled for the season.

    the NNla board has been hard at work this winter brainstorming on how we can help bring people into the field of horticulture. We have committed to having a booth at the FFa state convention in lincoln this spring as well as sponsoring two scholarships through their Agriculture Proficiency Awards.

    the board just recently approved

    funding for commercial spots to run on this season of the backyard Farmer. as business owners and managers ourselves, we are committed to helping promote the NNla as the industry standard in all things horticulture.

    We are hopeful this not only sparks interest in high school students early, but leads them to make horticulture a career choice! it is just as important that the public recognizes our organization and why it is so important to ask for a certified nursery professional when contracting landscape work or purchasing plant materials. We also want to encourage the public to look for the NcN (Nebraska Certified Nurseryman) behind the name which is a guarantee that they are a qualified, confident and recognized green industry professional. so the next time you are talking with a client, make sure you promote yourself as the horticulture professional with the NcN status and/or a member of the NNla. if you are neither, maybe this is the year to become one!

    essentially, winter is almost over and if you missed the Nebraska Great plaiNs conference, to say you missed a lot is an understatement. We had a huge crowd this year thanks to Mother Nature for holding off on the white stuff. speakers from across the nation were on hand, as well as the live and silent auctions which brought in

    money for our college scholarship fund. the live auction was brought back this year and inspired bidders to dig deep into their pockets!

    New board member addie kinghorn was elected as a director and brian Munk was re-elected to continue to serve as a director. congratulations to both!

    We have also planned another Western Field Day as well as a summer Field Day, so watch for dates and locations on these events as they will be on opposite ends of the state this year.

    as always, the board welcomes comments and suggestions from our members. We look forward to seeing everyone at one or both of the upcoming events. Have a great season!


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    kim Davidson addresses the NNla Membership during the annual Meeting

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    Nebraska Great plaiNs conference (continued) During the meeting, president kim Davidson introduced the current board members and thanked them for their service to the association. outgoing board members christine karloff and brian Munk were presented with plaques. brian decided to run again for one of the open board positions along with addie kinghorn. both were elected to serve on the board as directors. congratulations brian and addie!

    the scholarship committee selected four individuals out of the 11 who applied for the NNla scholarship. Wade obermier and emily stine were presented with $1000 scholarships during the conference. the other two award winners, erica Hughes and Melinda knuth, were unable to attend the conference.

    kim Davidson presented lee vieselmeyer with the Distinguished Nursery professional award and todd Faller with the Hall of Fame award and thanked them for their dedication to the association and for being instrumental in advancing the Green industry.

    addie kinghorn provided an NcN update and asked companies to encourage their employees to become certified. Miles Imel became certified this past year and was presented with a plaque, certificate and name badge. addie then announced that tom Hamernick was the NcN of the Year. tom received his new NcN jacket and was presented with the traveling plaque.

    special thanks to the planning committee members: Nancy sohns, chas berke, christine karloff, tom Hamernick, Jake sittner, kim Davidson, kevin popken, Jim keepers, cody Forristall, Jessica Heller and kent Holm.

    be sure to save the date for the 2015 conference. the NNla board has already visited a new site for the conference and a contract has been signed. the conference will be held at the newly renovated ramada plaza in omaha, January 21 & 22, 2015.

    We look forward to seeing you in omaha!

    view the next page for more photos and also be sure to view the album on the NNla F a c e b o o k page.

    kim Davidson and addie kinghorn present tom Hamernik with the NcN of the Year award

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    Nebraska Great plaiNs conference (continued)

    the backyard Farmer panel presented “Myth busters: Who Ya Gonna call?”

    christine karloff, chas berke and Miles imel presented scholarships to Wade obermier and emily stine

    todd Faller jokes that he is somewhat surprised to receive his award.

    lee vieselmeyer received the Distinguished Nursery professional award.

    Miles imel became the newest NcN.

    auctioneer lance larsen convinced bJ barcel to bid more on todd Faller’s pie.

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    some of you may have had a visit from a Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Entomology inspector this spring, as they conduct seed potato inspections.

    seed potatoes can vector a number of serious pests, including columbia root-knot nematode (CRKN) and viruses. NDa enacted a quarantine for crkN in 2002, in order to prevent the introduction of this pest into our state. staff regularly checks seed potatoe