Video clips and interview with Edward LeBrun, researcher at the University of Texas, Austin, discussing the rise of the “tawny crazy ant,” Nylanderia fulva, also referred to as the Rasberry ant (see related story).
INDIANAPOLIS — Product training is available online for lawn care operators who want to brush up on Dow AgroSciences Turf & Ornamental products and services. This three-part, interactive course provides key insights on preemergence and postemergence herbicides and applications, as well as insecticides and fungicides.
“We want to help educate lawn care operators on the tools available to help solve their customers’ problems,” says Andy Kaler, product manager for Turf & Ornamental. “This training program is the perfect way for turf professionals to learn our products and offer their customers valuable solutions.”
Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and includes educational training followed by a 20-question quiz. Participants can learn the many benefits of preemergence herbicides, including improved playability on golf courses, reduced hand-weeding in nurseries and clean, weed-free turf and landscapes. They also can brush up on the difference between selective and nonselective postemergence herbicides and learn about disease and insect control and prevention in a variety of settings.
Patin will be located in the company's corporate office in Corona, Calif. He began his career with Team Too as a field service technician in September 2003, and has worked within the company's general pest management and termite departments, as well as the firm's bed bug program. He was most recently the company's senior regional manager for Northern California.
"I've been with Team Too for 10 years," Patin said. "In those 10 years I have seen this company go from a smaller regional company to being one of the larger companies in the state. I've been proud to be part of that growth."
"Jeremiah has been a quintessential team player," said William Houtchens, the company's president. "He was motivated to learn all aspects of our business and has excelled in every position. Jeremiah has continually proven himself as a leader and when looking at candidates for the position of general manager there was no doubt he was the hands-down choice."
Team Too is a family-owned company with service centers throughout the United States. Learn more at teamtoo.com.
Farm to Table International Symposium Announces Keynote Speaker
Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower will deliver the keynote speech.
NEW ORLEANS - The organizers of the first annual Farm to Table International Symposium (F2Ti) announced former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower as a keynote speaker.
National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, “Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow,” Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the “Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.”
F2Ti will take place Aug. 2-4, at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and will feature the brightest thought leaders and leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement. F2Ti will explore the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally to globally. Topics will include farming and aquaculture, fisheries, sustainability, social and digital interactive media, food security and safety, food law and policy, food science and GMO, artisanal and slow food and drink, and fair trade.
Hightower has long been a champion of the farm to table movement, recently telling a group of Texas legislators to “jump on the Texas Farm-To-Table Caucus like gators on a poodle.” The caucus was formed recently to focus on issues relating to Texas family farms, ranches and coastal fishing operations as well as distributors and consumers of their goods.
Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.
Hightower is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots.
A popular public speaker who is fiery and funny, he is a populist road warrior who delivers more than 100 speeches a year to all kinds of groups.
He is a New York Times best-selling author, and has written seven books including, “Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time To Take It Back;” “If the Gods Had Meant Us To Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates;” and “There's Nothing In the Middle Of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos.” His newspaper column is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate.
Hightower frequently appears on television and radio programs, bringing a hard-hitting populist viewpoint that rarely gets into the mass media. In addition, he works closely with the alternative media, and in all of his work he keeps his ever-ready Texas humor up front, practicing the credo of an old Yugoslavian proverb: "You can fight the gods and still have fun."
F2Ti is produced by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and will occur annually coinciding with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Annual Expo. To register, or for more information about the First Annual Farm to Table International Symposium, please visit f2t-int.com.
Orkin Acquires Green Plus
Orkin recently expanded its lawn care services in Southern Florida by acquiring Lawn & Ornamental Green Services, also known as Green Plus.
ATLANTA – Orkin recently expanded its lawn care services in Southern Florida by acquiring Lawn & Ornamental Green Services, also known as Green Plus. Green Plus is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Green Plus was started in 2004 by Scott and Melissa Irwin. The company services West Palm Beach County.
“We look forward to expanding Orkin’s lawn care business in Florida with the acquisition of a dynamic company like Green Plus,” said J.R. Rodriguez, senior region manager for Orkin. “The Irwin’s have a well-run business, and we welcome all of the company’s well-tenured employees and customers.”
Current customers will transition to Orkin within the year and be serviced out of Orkin’s West Palm Beach branch.
Mr. and Mrs. Irwin will help transition Green Plus to Orkin.