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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.

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The rule prohibits commercial drivers from using hand-held phones while driving a truck or bus, sets federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualifies drivers from operating a commercial motor vehicle after multiple offenses.
 
Commercial truck and bus companies that allow drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a penalty of up to $11,000. The rule will affect about four million commercial drivers, DOT said.
 
However, the rule specifically allows for the continued use of hands free devices stating, "The Agency (FMCSA) does not believe sufficient data exist to justify a ban of both hand-held and hands-free use of mobile telephones by drivers operating CMVs in interstate commerce."
 
The rule also bans the use of push-to-talk technology which the agencies consider to be cell phone technology, but does not ban the use of CB radios because, "The use of CB and two-way radios and other electronic devices by CMV drivers for other functions is outside the scope of consideration in this rulemaking."
 
FMCSA issued a regulation banning truck drivers from texting while operating in September 2010. PHMSA followed with a companion regulation in February 2011, banning texting by intrastate hazardous materials drivers.
 
This rule is effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.
 
This rule was published December 2, 2011.

Public Act 299 of 2010 prohibits the use of phosphorus fertilizers on residential or commercial lawns, beginning January 1, 2012.   Phosphorus applications for agriculture, for new turf establishment, based on soil test results, for certain types of manure and by golf courses that complete an approved training course are not included.  
                   
Highlights:

•    Starting January 1, 2012, a person shall not apply any fertilizer with available phosphate (P2O5) to turf except:

o    a tissue, soil or other test performed within the preceding 3 years...indicating that the level of available phosphate in the soil is deficient to support healthy turf grass growth or establishment;
o    new turf establishment using seed or sod;
o    when the product is a finished sewage sludge product (biosolids), an organic manure or a manipulated manure and it is applied to turf at a rate of not more than 0.25 pounds of phosphorus per 1,000 square feet at any one time;
o    a golf course that has successfully completed a training program approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD).

•    Local phosphorus fertilizer ordinances in existence before December 16, 2010 are grandfathered. 

•    Fertilizer cannot be applied to frozen soil or soil saturated with water.   Any fertilizer released onto an impervious surface must be cleaned up promptly.

•    The other phosphorus provisions in Act 299 include new definitions, setbacks from surface water, $50 civil fines and outreach information.  

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