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11/21/2014 - Of Paranoia and Pesticides

Did emotional decision to ban pesticides cause Connecticut fields to deteriorate?
Lawrence Aylward
At Wheeler High School in North Stonington, Connecticut, the soccer field was overrun by grubs, which were overrun by skunks and crows. You can guess the results: The soccer field was ravaged. So you're probably asking: Why didn't the school's athletic field manager spray an insecticide to kills the grubs so the skunks and crows didn't mistake the field for their own Golden Corral? The answer:...


11/12/2014 - STMA Kicking Off Mowing Patterns Contest

Deadline to enter is Nov. 21
Sports Turf Managers Association Kicks Off Second Annual 'Mowing Patterns Contest' Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) is kicking off the second annual "Mowing Patterns Contest." Members wishing to enter can upload a photo of a unique mowing pattern and also vote for submissions. Deadline to enter via Facebook is Nov. 21, at midnight. Winners will be announced Dec, 2. "The Mowing...


11/6/2014 - MiLB Turf Managers Honored

Three of the four winners are multiyear honorees
The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the professional association for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide, and Minor League Baseball (MiLB), announced the four winners of the 2014 "Sports Turf Manager of the Year" awards today. Since 2004, STMA and MiLB have honored members who manage fields in Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and Rookie divisions. Three of the...


11/6/2014 - ASBA Gearing Up for Technical Meeting

This year's event expected to generate record attendance
The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the trade association for those involved in the design, construction and supply of materials for athletic facilities, will hold its annual technical meeting Dec. 5-9 in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The meeting, which includes technical programming for industry members who work with facilities for tennis, track and field, sports fields and indoor athletic...


10/23/2014 - Paint the Town "Green"

Eco Chemical receives pollution prevention award
Seattle-based Eco Chemical was recently selected as a winner of the 2014 Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Award (MVP2) from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR). Eco Chemical was nominated by the Washington State Department of Ecology for its life-cycle approach to producing its TempLine Natural Grass Paint. Eco Chemical's ultra-concentrated latex grass field marking paint, developed...


10/6/2014 - Mecklenburg Will Keynote at STMA

Former Denver Broncos captain will speak on "Six Keys to Success"
Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) will host its 26th annual Conference & Exhibition Jan. 13-16 in Denver and will feature a keynote address by Karl Mecklenburg, former Denver Broncos captain and All-Pro linebacker. Nearly 1,200 leaders in the sports turf industry are expected to converge on the Colorado Convention Center for more than 75 hours of educational seminars, exhibitor demonstrations...


9/3/2014 - The Lawn Institute Awards Scholarships

Turfgrass Producers International announced the names of three students who were recipients of scholarships from the Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship Program administered by The Lawn Institute. This year The Lawn Institute awarded $5,500 in scholarships to Cody Anderson of Othello, Washington who will be attending Purdue University where he plans to major in Agribusiness and carry a minor in Farm Management;...


8/5/2014 - Jacobsen Awards Scholarships

Jacobsen has awarded scholarships to 27 college students throughout North America. The Jacobsen Turfgrass Scholarship, now in its third year, recognizes college seniors in turfgrass management or related discipline programs. To qualify, students must submit an application, an essay and a letter of recommendation from a turfgrass professional. This year's recipients, each awarded a $500 scholarship,...


8/4/2014 - Rome Joins Redexim

Redexim Turf Products, the factory direct store for Redexim North America, based in Fenton, Mo., has added a new staff member: Kevin Rome of Piper, Kan. Kevin joins the Redexim Turf Products after previous experience as a Regional Sales Manager with Mid America Golf & Turf in the Kansas City Metro area and surrounding counties. Kevin also served as a Territory Manager for Textron Turf & Specialty...


8/1/2014 - PBI-Gordon Goes to Washington

Representatives of PBI-Gordon Corporation traveled to the nation's capital to participate in two annual events coordinated by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national trade association for landscape industry professionals. The outreach included the Renewal & Remembrance volunteer cleanup and maintenance event at Arlington National Cemetery and a Legislative Day on Capitol Hill. On...


7/16/2014 - STMA, Toro Award Scholarships

Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) - the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide - and The Toro Company (Toro) - the leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment - are honoring three students with the Dr. James R. Watson Legacy Scholarship. The award is a special, one-time scholarship funded by The...


7/8/2014 - ClearSpan Announces Photo Contest

ClearSpan Fabric Structures has launched its annual photo contest and is looking for you to submit your amazing ClearSpan building photos. Whether it's used for an indoor sports field, an indoor riding arena or as a shelter for a stingray tank, send in your photos! This contest is open to all customers, both hobby and commercial, from municipalities to the do-it-yourself mechanic - EVERY ClearSpan...


7/3/2014 - Toro Becomes IA Platinum Member

The Irrigation Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce that The Toro Company has upgraded to the highest level of IA membership: platinum. "Under the leadership of Phil Burkart [IA past president and Toro vice president/general manager], the entire Toro irrigation team has continued to make outstanding contributions to our organization," said IA CEO Deborah Hamlin, CAE, FASAE. "We are...


6/20/2014 - Vinchesi and Lynch Named ASIC Fellows

Irrigation consultants Brian Vinchesi with Irrigation Consulting, Inc., in Pepperell, MA, and Brendan Lynch, with Lynch & Associates, LTD., in Annapolis, MD, were recently named ASIC Fellows (FASIC) at the American Society of Irrigation Consultants' annual conference in Portland, OR. Vinchesi and Lynch, who worked together at one point in their careers, join an exclusive group of irrigation...


6/13/2014 - Eco Chemical Promotes Fisher

Eco Chemical Company recently announced the promotion of Jeff Fisher to the newly created position of Business Division Manager for Eco TempLine Athletic Field Marking Systems. In this new role, Mr. Fisher will be responsible for all aspects of product management, business development, sales, and service for the division. Fisher has been with Eco Chemical since 2002, serving as National Sales Manager...


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