Welcome to The Green Report. TNLA started the Green Report as a way to bring you up-to-date on the news and politics that affect the green industry in Texas. From growers to landscapers and everyone in between, each business is impacted by the politicians, legislators, and regulators of every stripe and this is our effort to bring you up to speed on what you need to know.
TNLA Green Report S2:Ep7 - Board Member Spotlight - TNLA Chairman Kevin Grossberndt
Enjoy the launch of this new mini-series spotlighting key TNLA Board Members, this episode focusing on TNLA State Board Chairman Kevin Grossberndt. We discuss his background, getting involved in TNLA Leadership, challenges facing the industry, ERP program, Growers Summit, and more.
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TNLA Green Report Season 2 Episode 6 - July Update On TNLA Initiatives
Listen to this episode to get an update from D.C. on the H-2B amendment that passed the U.S. House Appropriations Committee and where that leaves us for FY 23. We also discuss the status of the City of Dallas considering a potential ban on gas-powered landscape equipment. Lastly a brief update on Austin's Landscape & Irrigation ordinance as who's coming to TNLA EXPO.
TNLA Green Report Season 2, Episode 5: Federal Disaster Relief & Ag Issues
Listen in to this episode where we speak with Kody Bessent, CEO of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. as we dive into the details of the Phase One announcement of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) - the first installment of federal disaster money following Winter Storm Uri in 2021. In addition we review the Texas Ag Council, an organization that TNLA and PCG are deeply involved in regarding state-level policy. Lastly we review a plant pest and disease bill both our organizations came together to pass in 2021 and what the future might hold on that issue. Be sure to subscribe and give the podcast five stars. Thanks for listening!
TNLA Green Report Season 2, Episode 4: Reform Initiatives in the H2 programs
This episode we talk with Lori Whitten with Action Visa and Gray Delaney with SEA regarding reform initiatives in the H2 programs. Topics include a program overview, strategies on H-2B cap relief, and the legislative landscape we are working in. Listen in for a conversation on how we improve the H2 programs for the green industry.
TNLA Green Report Season 2, Episode 3: Laura Fowler - Compliance and the Future of COVID Mandates
This episode of the Green Report focuses on the current legal environment surrounding the COVID vaccine mandate. Listen in as Laura Fowler with the Fowler Law Firm discusses compliance and the future of these mandates. The Texas Workforce Commission letter described in the episode can be found here: https://www.twc.texas.gov/files/businesses/commissioner-letter-covid19-vac-mandate-120821-twc.pdf
TNLA Green Report Season 2 Episode 2: Mike Meroney - Advocating to Develop Employer Workforce Solutions to Build a Better Future for the Industry
TNLA takes a deep dive with Mike Maroney, an independent lobbyist fighting for better workforce solutions and developing curriculum for high school students. Mike is a strong advocate when it comes to developing a strong workforce for the future. During this episode, he provides insight on some of the bills he has worked on when industries have hit the panic button on their employment struggle. Mike also walks us through his current work on driving policymakers to pass legislation to help add highly valued high school curriculum to TEA's"magic list" of IBC's, plus much more.
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