NALP Public Affairs Advisory Council

2018 Public Policy Agenda


Objective: Deliver Relentless Advocacy. As an industry leader, advance and defend the business interests and reputation of the industry in the government affairs and public affairs channels, seeking out and working collaboratively with allied individuals and groups.

Primary Goals

  1. Defend. Defend against current and potential threats to the industry regarding restrictions on pesticide and fertilizer use; the H2B program; and water quality/quantity issues.
  2. Advance. Identify opportunities to proactively advance federal, state and local legislation and regulations that advance industry objectives and in doing so, define the industry in a positive light. Aggressively promote the human health, safety, and environmental benefits of what we do, explain the common sense solutions we provide, and highlight the economic benefits to the economy we create.
  3. Inform. Serve as a clearinghouse, repository, and distributor of relevant industry information - making it available to members, external stakeholders, and key influencers, acting in the interest of collaboration whenever possible.
  4. Engage. Ensure the industry is poised to steward and safeguard its future by developing an informed membership, an active grassroots network, a robust Political Action Committee, an active presence on appropriate coalitions, and a solid partnership with the industry’s state associations.

Issue Advocacy & Appropriate Levels of Engagement


  • Be a leader in the effort on issues that directly and immediately impact the industry. Fully engage utilizing tactics such as direct membership advocacy, meetings, letters, emails, etc. Assuming a leadership role on some issues may require supporting or coordinating activities (e.g. – with state associations), in an appropriate manner that shall enable the greatest likelihood of success on given issues. Tier I issues should be those we can actually move the ball on.
    • Federal: H2B Visa Guest Worker Program; Short term Cap-relief and long term, reform
    • State: Fertilizer and/or pesticide bans, restrictions or limitations; Pesticides in relation to pollinator health; Water quality and quantity issues
    • Local: Fertilizer and/or pesticide bans, restrictions or limitations; Water quality and quantity reform


  • Join and engage broader coalition efforts but not taking the lead. Alone as an industry, we have little voice but joining with others will appropriately amplify our voice.
    • Federal: EPA pesticide-related; National E-verify requirement for new employees; Waters of the United States regulatory implementation
    • State: Pollinator Protection Plans; Pesticide applicator cert training rule requirements
    • Local: Noise pollution/Blower Bans
    • Green Building Codes: Advocating against codes and ordinances limiting turfgrass to manage landscapes or those that incentivize turf grass replacement (national, state, and local action)


  • Informational only, track and report out to membership but no advocacy at this point
    • Federal: Lyme disease research; Major legislation (taxes, healthcare, immigration reform, etc.); Business related regulatory changes: (wage and OT, OSHA mandates, DOT mandates, etc.)
    • State: Sales tax on servicess