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Michigan’s Green Industry – Continuing to GROW!

About the Industry
With a combined economic impact of $5.715 billion, Michigan’s nursery, perennial plant production, Christmas tree, sod producers, landscaping and lawn care industries continue to grow!

* We are the 4th largest Nursery State in the Nation!

*#1 specialty crop in Michigan
*Landscape services and Retail Sectors = $4.5 billion economic impact
*Together, all segments of the Green Industry account for a total of 36,162 individuals employed (Knudson & Peterson, 2012). According to US Census Data, this equates to 1 out of every 170 Michigan citizens between the ages of 18-65.

About Us

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail. The new map was jointly developed by USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Oregon State University's (OSU) PRISM Climate Group.

For the first time, the map is available as an interactive GIS-based map, for which a broadband Internet connection is recommended; and as static images for those with slower Internet access. Users may also simply type in a ZIP Code and find the hardiness zone for that area.

No posters of the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map have been printed. But state, regional, and national images of the map can be downloaded and printed in a variety of sizes and resolutions. Go to www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov for more information.

Photos are already coming in and we'd like to include yours! The kickoff to our yearlong birthday party will begin this January at the 2012 Great Lakes Trade Expo.  We will be displaying photographs from the 1920s to the 1980s.  These pictures will include equipment, operations on the job, Chapter and State meetings, business facilities, and people.  We are also going to display old estimates, nursery price lists, billings and invoices.  But, we're not finished.  We will also have old tools, equipment, and anything associated with the green industry on display at the Expo.  It doesn't have to be restored to be included.  WE ARE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR A 1922 PICKUP OR FLATBED TRUCK.       
So, here is your assignment:
1.    Scan* and send pictures, price lists, invoices, etc. to amyf@mnla
2.    Clean up your old turf, landscape, nursery, or irrigation equipment and let me know what you have for display.
3.    Be on the lookout for a 1922 truck to display.
If you have any questions call me at 269-372-3400 or send me an email at dave@devisserlandscape.com
Your contribution will make this celebration one to be remembered.

*Photos should be scanned at 600 dpi (300 dpi at a minimum). Make sure that you change the setting on your scanner prior to scanning your photos to get them at the higher dpi.

Dave DeVisser, Devisser Landscape Service, Inc.
MNLA Immediate Past President



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