URI to host R.I. Nursery and Landscape Association winter meeting and trade show, Jan. 16-17

story by:  Todd McLeish
nRINLAmeeting00The Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s annual winter meeting and trade show will be held Jan. 16 and 17 at the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences. The event will feature a presentation on how climate change may affect the nursery industry, a discussion of industry trends, and exhibits from dozens of vendors and agencies.

“This is the premier annual event for Rhode Island’s green industries, and it helps to demonstrate how important this industry is to the Rhode Island economy,” said Shannon Brawley, executive director of the association. According to a 2012 economic impact study, the industry employs more than 13,000 people in Rhode Island and produces about $1.78 billion in annual revenues.

“RINLA members also play a significant role in greening our state’s infrastructure and protecting its farmland and open space, and that’s going to provide economic and social and environmental benefits like clean air and a better quality of life,” Brawley added.

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