The association has given me knowledge and the opportunity for education and growth for my business and as a person. I'd like to help give that same opportunity back to others in our industry and represent the western side of the state.

Chas Berke, Director

SunValley Landscaping, LLC
Cozad, NE


The NNLA is your one stop resource center for easy access to useful sites for Green Industry professionals. We are always looking for interesting and useful sites, so send in information on sites that you have used and we will post it on our resource center. We update this page frequently, so check back often.

Associations/Trade Shows

Links to other industry websites


JOBS in Horticulture, Inc

Mid-America Horticultural Trade Show

Missouri Landscape & Nursery Association

Natures Companion

Nebraska Turfgrass Association

Northern Green Expo (Minnesota)

Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association

Oklahoma Nursery & Landscape Association

Western Nursery & Landscape Association


Government entities that support the Agriculture and Horticulture Industry

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service – USDA

Department of Labor-Wage & Hour Division

Environmental Protection Agency

National Plant Board-quaratine & shipping out state

Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Nebraska Forest Service

Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Sales & Use Tax-Landscapers

USDA Forest Service

Botanical Gardens & Arboretums

Chicago Botanic Gardens

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

Omaha Botanical Gardens

Colleges with Horticulture Programs

Metropolitan Community College – Omaha
PO Box 3777
Omaha, NE 68103-0777

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture – Curtis
404 E 7th Street
Curtis, NE 69025

Northeast Community College
Norfolk, O’Neill, South Sioux City, & West Point

Southeast Community College – Beatrice, NE
4771 W Scott Rd
Beatrice, NE 68310

Full Horticultural Program
University of Nebraska – Omaha

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
202 Keim Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0915

Plant & Tree Resources

American Conifer Society
Description & Photos of Conifers

Arbor Day Foundation

Trees – Environment – Support of Arbor Day Foundation

Nebraska811 (Formerly Diggers Hotline)
811 or 800-331-5666. Request to locate underground utilities 2 business days before digging.

Iseli Nursery

Information on grafted conifers

Perennial Resource

Information on Perennial Gardening

Plant Information Online, University of Minnesota

Largest Plant Online Resource

ReTree Nebraska

ReTree Nebraska is a 10-year cooperative initiative to increase public awareness of the value of trees and reverse the decline of Nebraska’s community forests by planting 1 million trees in Nebraska communities by 2017. Information and events listed on website.

Virtual Tree Pruning
Launch anumation at bottom of screen to practice pruning.

Grant Resources

Nebraska Transportation Enhancement Program
Nebraska Transportation Enhancement Program

The Nebraska Department of Roads Transportation Enhancement Program provides funding to local, state, and regional governmental entities to build and restore transportation infrastructure.

Examples of transportation infrastructure projects that are eligible under this program include non-motorized facilities for pedestrians and bicycles, development of scenic byways, restoration of historic transportation facilities. Landscaping can be included in all of these projects.

Peter Kiewit Foundation Grants

Peter Kiewit Foundation Grants

There are two categories of grants the Foundation awards: general purpose grants and small grants. The Peter Kiewit Foundation funds programs, facilities, and capital projects.

In the general purpose grants program, there are no limitations on the size or duration of the grants that may be requested.

The small grants program allows the Trustees to assist a large number of worthy organizations with a broad array of small projects which are limited in scope but significant for the organization.

Grant application guidelines and application forms are required to submit a funding request and these materials are available through the Peter Kiewit Foundation office only. Please contact the foundation to establish your organization’s eligibility to apply and to discuss your proposed project.
402 344-7890

ReTree Nebraska

Grant opportunities for Nebraska communities statewide, for specific Nebraska communities or communities nationwide can be found on the ReTree Nebraska website,

Check back often—additional funding opportunities will be posted on the website as they become available.  Listed below are grant administered by the Nebraska Forest Service & Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.  Check the website for other grant opportunities offered by other organizations.

Trees for Nebraska Town (TNT)
Primary intent for large maturing trees and associated plantings on public or private property but all projects must provide clear public benefit.  50/50 matching grant. Funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and administered the the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc. Contact Justin Evertson at 402 472-5045 or

Waterwise Landscapes Initiative
The Nebraska Environmental Trust has allocated approximately $725,000 to fund the Waterwise Landscapes Initiative.a statewide, multi-partner, three-year effort to develop model sustainable landscapes and enable partnering communities to develop the plans, tools and incentives to achieve more sustainable use of natural resources.

The Initiative will be undertaken in partnering communities chosen through a competitive process that establishes need, desire, ability and strategic geographic distribution.  Communities will be chosen over a two-year cycle.  At least 20 public sites will be chosen for development of model landscapes (likely including some NSA affiliate sites).  For more information, contact Justin Evertson at 402/472-5045.

Community Enhancement Program (CEP)
Nebraska Community Enhancement Program For landscape projects located on public property that is adjacent to roadways, streets, parking lots or nonloop trails Funded by the Nebraska Department of Roads and Administered by the Nebraska Forest Service and Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, Inc.. Contact Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Serivce at (402) 472-6511 or .

Nebraska Resource District Community Forestry Grants
Locate your local NRD’s website or contact them to find community forestry assistance programs available in your community by clicking here.

Specialty Crop Grants
Specialty Crop Grant
Eligible projects must enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and focus on research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education and “buy” local programs, among other opportunities. Project must benefit the specialty crop industry, or a segment of the industry.
Applications are due in the Fall/Winter. Dates will be announced each year by the Dept of Agriculture.

Guidelines and applications found on or call 800 422-6692. USDA guidance on this program can be found at

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