With the steady stream of new product introductions, development of more efficient techniques and updates to regulations, it’s important for sports field managers to stay on top of the latest news in the industry. This month, we’re introducing you to some of the newest control products to hit the market (page 12). Of course, regulations for control product applications vary widely across the country.

Recently in New York, the Assembly and Senate passed legislation that would restrict the use of pesticides on school athletic fields and at daycare centers. Only certain products, like small aerosol spray cans to treat bee infestations, would be permitted. The bill will also require state officials to educate schools on alternatives to insecticides and herbicides. Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties in New York have already established organic pest treatment programs. The bill is currently awaiting Governor David Paterson’s signature. Connecticut passed a similar bill banning the use of chemicals at primary and middle schools up to eighth grade. The ban will take effect in July.

I understand that it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news during this busy time of year, so we’ve created a simple way for you to access industry information just by checking your e-mail. In addition to our print magazine and its Web site, www.SportsFieldManagementMagazine.com, and our online forum www.SportsFieldSite.com, we’ve introduced another way for you to stay up-to-date on the industry: our e-newsletter, From the Field. This biweekly wrap-up of all things sports field-related can be delivered to your inbox, giving you quick, easy access to the news that matters to you. From the Field includes the most current news on everything from regulations to field construction projects to study results. If we have your e-mail address on file, chances are you have already received the first few editions, and will continue to receive it automatically every other week. If you would like to start receiving From the Field, visit mrm-sub.halldata.com/udenews and subscribe for free today.

Katie Meyers