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NJGIC Golf Classic 2019


Forsgate Country Club Historic Banks Course

Join us on Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Banks Course is consistently ranked by Golf Digest as “Best in State” for New Jersey.  It is regarded as an architectural gem, the “traditional” design of the Banks Course features many holes inspired by some of the legendary Scottish courses, as well as Bank’s signature steep and dramatic greenside bunkers. The course is consistently ranked by Golf Digest as “Best in State” for New Jersey.

Players limited to the first 100 golfers.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Scramble Format

Awards for 1st & 2nd Scramble Teams


  • $10,000 Putt Off
  • $10,000 Hole-in-One
  • Longest Drive
  • Closest to the Pin…and more

Breakfast and Lunch Reception


Five Questions: Mike Caprio

By Seth Jones
April 19, 2019

Mike Caprio, Regional business consultant, Lawn Doctor, Holmdel, N.J.

1. What all does your job entail, and do you enjoy it?

I provide business, agronomy, financial and human resources support to our franchisees in the Southeast. With over 50 years of experience in the industry, Lawn Doctor offers custom lawn care solutions to residential and business consumers. I’ve been with them for 19 years. I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to help people scale and grow their business. I have the pleasure of working with some tremendous people who have chosen franchising as their path to small business ownership.

2. If you had one primary concern for the industry, what would it be?

I would have to say regulatory and legislative issues both on the federal and local levels. Whether it’s passing a permanent H-2B returning-worker exemption at the federal level or issues like fertilizer/pesticide bans at the state or county level, we need to continue to advocate for our industry and small businesses. It’s important to get involved in the process locally in your own town.

3. Are you married, and what do you and your family do for fun?

Yes, I’m married to my wonderful and supportive wife, Janice. We have four boys between the two of us: Devin, Michael, Brendon and Vinny — and our fur baby, Lily. We’re cat people. The boys are all older, so Janice and I enjoy spending time together traveling and saltwater fishing. We live a half-mile from the ocean. Living on the coast is awesome. When I’m not traveling, I keep a rod in the car, and I’ll just pull over once in a while and throw it out from the beach.

4. What was your favorite car?

I’m a bit of a gearhead. My first car was a Dodge Challenger, but it only had a six-cylinder (engine). Then, when I was 18, I picked up this 1968 Ford Mustang. It was white with a dark red interior and powered by a 289 V8 and a manual transmission four-on-the-floor. I had a lot of fun with that car! I used to race a lot. I might have even lost my license for about six months while I had it … I had it for four or five years, and then it started getting rust, so I sold it. I wish I had it now.

5. What’s the coolest sporting event you’ve ever attended in person?

Before I was in this industry, I worked in the automotive industry. Years ago, I had a good friend who was on a NASCAR Craftsman Truck race team. I attended several races along with the entire team in the garage behind pit road. I’ve been to football games, baseball games, but when you’re on that side with the cars coming into the pit — it’s a feeling you can’t describe.

The New Jersey Green Industry Council Scholarship Program

2019 Edward A. Platz Memorial ScholarshipThe ProgramThe New Jersey Green Industry Council (NJGIC) is continuing the scholarship program initiated by the New Jersey Agribusiness Association in memory of Edward A. Platz. This program promotes the tri-state area’s Agriculture and Green Industry students and assists them with their education.Edward A. Platz is the founder of Plant Food Company, Inc. (originated under a different name) in 1946. He was very involved in the Turfgrass and Agriculture Industry, starting the first Liquid Fertilizer Formulation Company in the state. Mr. Platz passed in 1977.

To download the scholarship application, please Click Here

EligibilityApplicants to the New Jersey Green Industry Council Scholarship Program must be…

  • Enrolled at any accredited 4-year college or university in the United States when receiving the scholarship
  • Possess an academic rank of sophomore, junior, or senior at that time
  • Applicant must be majoring in an Agriculture or Green Industry subject area (i.e. Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, Ornamental Horticulture, Golf Management, Nursery, etc., or related field
  • New Jersey resident
  • Demonstrate an intention of pursuing a career in production, agriculture, or the Green Industry

AwardsThe NJGIC will award two (2) $1500.00 scholarships in memory of Edward E. Platz. Payment will be made in August of 2019. Recipients are encouraged to receive their awards in person at the regular meeting of the NJGIC Board of Directors held on the campus of Rutgers University. Attendance is not a considering factor in determining the scholarship awardees.Procedures and DeadlinesApplicants must submit the following…

  • Completed application
  • Official copy of transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation with at least one academic letter. Letters of recommendation are to be sent directly to the Executive Director of NJGIC.
  • A 1-2-page typed essay stating current education and career goals
  • A one-paragraph answer to the following question…

What has been your most important extra-curricular activity, your most important contribution to it, and what has your participation in it meant to you as an individual?

  • All information must be postmarked no later than June 26, 2019.

Selection of RecipientsScholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, potential to succeed, leadership and participation in school, community, and personal activities, honors, statement of education and career goals, and an outside appraisal.Final selection of recipients is made by the NJGIC Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of the selection by July 26, 2019.

To download the scholarship application, please Click Here

RevisionsNJGIC Board of Directors reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of the Scholarship Program and make appropriate changes at any time.

Additional Information

Buddy Freund
NJGIC Executive Director
PO Box 166
Succasunna, NJ 07876


Glyphosate One of the Most Effective Herbicides in the World

In the last few weeks it’s received lots of media coverage following a legal case in California, USA where the jury found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s Glyphosate products caused his cancer. The media coverage of this case has raised lots of questions, so we hope that the following information and brief video helps you to understand glyphosate and the issues around it. 

 There have been lots of headlines about Glyphosate causing cancer and calls to ban glyphosate, does this mean it is not safe to use?

Let’s look at the facts; There isn’t a single regulatory authority around the world that has banned glyphosate for agricultural use.  Glyphosate has been around for more than 40 years, and it has been widely studied and approved as safe to use by many regulatory authorities around the world who have strict safety approval standards.  The regulators also review registrations on a regular basis.  In short, if it doesn’t meet these stringent standards it will not be approved for sale and use.

So why do people think it might cause cancer?

In 2015 one of the World Health Organization’s agencies, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a monograph which stated that Glyphosate was ‘probably’ carcinogenic to humans. For context, other compounds and activities that fall into this category include drinking very hot beverages, frying, hairdressing and red meat.

IARC is not saying that Glyphosate causes cancer, it is saying that it is probably carcinogenic. The conclusions of more than 800 scientific studies, regulatory agencies around the world and the World Health Organization (WHO) Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) none of whom have found that Glyphosate is carcinogenic when used in accordance with the manufacturers safety instructions.

Will there be any more court cases like the one in California?

We believe that there will be more court cases, and some are already scheduled to start, however we don’t necessarily think that the outcomes of the other cases will be the same as the recent case in California. The recent case in California is not finalized and we expect there to be further legal processes and reviews related to this case.

Will Glyphosate still be sold?  

Yes, Glyphosate will still be sold. It is registered for use by regulatory authorities and there are a variety of manufacturers that have EPA registrations allowing them to actively sell it.  The industry will continue to work with regulatory authorities around the world to maintain the scientific database for Glyphosate at the level required by the regulators. The manufacturers of Glyphosate are confident that the weight of existing scientific evidence will continue to be recognized by regulators around the world to keep the registrations for Glyphosate products.

Where can I find more information?

As one of Glyphosate’s major manufacturers, Nufarm has put together a Glyphosate factsheet which is available here ​along with links to more information about Glyphosate.

More Information on Glyphosate

You can find more information about the World Health Organization (WHO), regulatory authorities positions on glyphosate and other information and reports below.

USA (Environmental Protection Agency)

Investigation showing that IARC participant was paid £120,000 by cancer lawyers:

Reuters investigation on non-carcinogenic findings “edited out” by IARC:

Investigation into concealment of draft 2013 Agricultural Health Study findings by IARC chair:

Links to reviews by regulators around the world since IARC

Agricultural Health Study Background — largest epidemiological study ever on pesticides and cancer:

2018 Agricultural Health Study In Journal of the National Cancer Institute showing no link between glyphosate and cancer :


Beekeeper Notification Legislation

Keith Bennett, CGCS
Grass Roots Turf Products, Inc.

There have been a lot of questions asked regarding the beekeeper notification legislation.  Below is a set of guidelines that will hopefully help detail some of the responsibilities of the pesticide applicator and help them to navigate through the requirements of the legislation.

1) Read the legislation. It is not long and has information that you should be aware of.  Two examples being an exemption for applications less than 3 acres and provisions for emergency applications. It can be found at this link: 

2) Have a pollinator plan in place and be prepared to share it with beekeepers in your area. This can be as simple as creating a policy to not spray weeds while flowering and not spraying in high winds where spray may drift into non-target areas. These management practices can greatly decrease the chance that pollinators will be affected and may be practices that are already utilized. Explaining these policies to beekeepers may help to correct the perception that many lay people have regarding the dangers of chemical applications.

3) Find your local beekeepers and reach out to them. Look through the state list of registered beekeepers and figure out who is within 3 miles of the application site. If there is doubt whether a beekeeper falls within the range or not, err on the side of caution and add them to your contact list. Sifting through the list and determining who falls within your contact zone will be the most challenging and tedious part of the entire process. A link to the list follows:

Once you have formulated a list, reach out to each beekeeper individually for an initial introduction. Explain who you are, what you do, and what your plan is to keep their pollinators safe. If the beekeepers choose to not be contacted prior to each regulated application, there is a standard waiver detailed in the beekeeper legislation that stays in effect until withdrawn by the beekeeper.

Inform your beekeepers that they will be notified via email prior to all applications in accordance with the legislation. This is generally the most convenient of approved methods of communication and provides a documented history in case any questions arise later.

4) Read your labels! Notification is only needed for products that are labeled to be toxic to bees. In general this includes all your commonly used insecticides. Note that granular insecticides are not labeled as toxic to bees and therefore do not require notification.

5) Notify everyone on your list at least 24 hours prior to applications in accordance with the legislation. As mentioned earlier, there are provisions to include emergency applications that may arise. Set up all your apiarists on a group email. This will save time prior to  applications, especially if you have a lot of hives around you. Be sure to include all recipient email addresses as a blind carbon copy (BCC). BCC’s hide who is on the email list and make it impossible for someone to send a message back to all other recipients.


OCTOBER 17, 2017
7:30 am – 4:00 pm

National Conference Center
399 Monmouth Street
East Windsor, New Jersey

  • Great Opportunity For Recertification Credits
  • 1A Plant: 5 credits
  • 3A Ornamentals: 5 credits
  • 3B Turf: 5 credits
  • 7A General and Household Pests: 3 credits
  • CORE: 2 credits
  • PPE: Private Applicator: 5 credits
  • 8B Mosquito Control: 2 credits
  • PA and DE credits offered

Registration Fee $85.00

Outstanding Topics and Presenters!

For full details, Click Here

The Landscape Newsletter – June 2017

New Jersey Green Industry Council Dedicates This Issue of The Landscape in Memory of
Joseph A. Turchi, Sr. August 19, 1938 – June 20, 2017

President’s Message

Good day everyone,

I hope everyone had the opportunity to enjoy an extended weekend over the Memorial Day Holiday. Please let’s not forget to remember
the men and women that sacrificed to allow us to enjoy this Freedom that we hold dearly!

What amazes me about the Green Industry in the Tri-State area is that it can be running smoothly throughout most of the year as if on
cruise control, and suddenly hit potholes and speed bumps that seem to come out of nowhere. The main goal of the New Jersey Green industry Council (NJGIC) is to be your voice in Trenton, regarding any Legislative Actions that effect our Industry. In addition to being your voice, we look to communicate and educate our members and Allied Associations as well. I’ve recently dubbed this ACE, meaning Advocacy,
Communication, and Education. It is extremely important for our members to know how our actions help to preserve their livelihood in this great Industry.

Getting back to my original statement about the smooth running encountering potholes, we have been relatively quiet in Trenton thanks to the efforts of State Street Associates and in particular, Ed Waters. Ed keeps us informed as to what’s happening in Trenton that effects the New Jersey Green Industry. It seems like at the snap of a finger we are faced with a number of issues that the NJGIC is suddenly involved in.

To read the full newsletter, Click Here

The Landscape Newsletter – April 2017

President’s Message

Good day all!  There’s an old saying in New Jersey that “if you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes and it willchange”! After going
through everything Mother Nature threw at us this winter, we are finally out in the field, doing fertilizer applications,spraying weeds,  doing clean-ups, and pruning our plant material. The toughest part of our Industry is that many of the jobs need to be done at the same time,and lack of manpower has a way of raising its head creating problems. Even with that being said, we find a way to get it done in a timely manner!

One of the busiest jobs at this time of year is the applications of chemical treatments including pre-emergent crabgrass controls, post-emergent broad leaf herbicides for winter clean-up, and pre-emergents for plant beds to hopefully alleviate a lot of hand labor throughout the growing season. We all use products that are Federally, and State Registered,and were developed for specific jobs, while being safe to use if
applied according to Label Usage. In addition the applications are being made by trained and educated NJDEP Certified Commercial
Applicators that constantly train and update their knowledge through the awarding of Recertification Credits approved by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The point of my message today is twofold.

The first is to make sure you have read (and have in your possession) a copy of the latest Pesticide Label from the Company of Manufacture. Labels change! Product uses are added and some are deleted, personal protective equipment can change, as well as first-aid verbiage. The”Label” is the law of the land and don’t assume that because you read a label three years ago that it is still current.

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The Landscape Newsletter – March 2017

A Message From Our President

A hardy good day to all of our members of the NewJersey Green Industry Council!

This is a very exciting time in the history of the New JerseyGreen Industry Council, ushering in a new Executive Director Buddy Freund, as well as an aggressive new agenda encompassing Advocacy, Communication, and Education or ACE as I prefer tocall it.

The New Jersey Green Industry was fortunate to be able to hireMr. Buddy Freund in late December as our new Executive Director of the New Jersey Green Industry Council after an exhaustive search for just the right individual to take us into a new direction for our Organization. Buddy’s expertise in NJGIC Announces New Executive Director NewJersey Green Industry Council recently announced the appointment of BuddyFreund as its new Executive Director. Buddy assumed his role on January 1, 2017.

Buddy is the founder and president of Vision Strong Management Group. He and his team at Vision Strong pride themselves in providing a close, personal touch to its clients and their membership. “Buddy’s expertise in organizational skills, electronic media, and growth initiatives will blend nicely with our stated goals of getting more involved with our Allied Organizations in NewJersey’s Green Industry.”

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Well Maintained Fields Essential to Reducing Concussions

A recent article in the New York Times highlights the need for athletic fields to be well maintained to prevent concussion in athletes at all levels, including professionals. Many concussions occur when the head impacts the ground, and poorly maintained fields, both natural turf and synthetic, can become these absorbing of impact.

Read the full article here: