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Major retailers bring ‘Look Before You Pump’ ethanol message direct to consumers

February 20, 2014
As consumers head to retail stores this spring to purchase mowers, chain saws, generators, blowers, trimmers, power washers, and a host of other small-engine equipment, they will see an important ethanol fuel message from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI).
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Ice takes out Eisenhower Tree at Augusta

February 20, 2014
Dwight Eisenhower's wish was finally granted — 45 years after his death. A 65-foot tree named after the president on the 17th hole at Augusta National Golf Club was removed over the weekend after sustaining "irreparable damage" during an ice storm. Billy Payne, chairman of the private club in Georgia, said that the tree had lost most of its major branches and was unable to be saved.
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John Deere Golf recognizes top distributors, sales staff

February 19, 2014
At the 2014 Golf Industry Show (GIS), John Deere Golf held its annual distributor awards ceremony.
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Winterkill effects on preemergence herbicide use

February 17, 2014
Many turfgrass managers have expressed concerns about bermudagrass damage from prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. The threat of winter damage or in extreme cases, winterkill, also raises questions about proper preemergence herbicide use this spring.
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Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science online program March 5-May 7

February 17, 2014
This 10-week program will have training sessions accessible live online on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (CST) or the option to view the recorded sessions. This certificate program aims to provide participants with thorough and practical continuing education in turfgrass management.
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STMA Conference apps for your smart device

January 7, 2014
Access various conference features including the schedule, exhibitor list, speaker list, education session information, maps, and sponsors. Create your own personalized schedule to make sure you attend all the conference has to offer. Build your own profile and connect with other attendees and exhibitors to boost your professional contacts. Download the STMA conference app to your smart phone or tablet.
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GrasStains needs your photos & video clips!

January 7, 2014
Production is starting on the annual GrasStains video, which is a fun and integral part of the STMA Awards Banquet. As always, photos and video clips of your year, crew, and other memorable moments are desired and appreciated! Two areas are specifically requested: Videos or pictures of your grounds crew's work (even embarrassing moments!)and photos of your "younger" days in sports turf management (older pictures).
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Take advantage of CEUs offered at STMA Conference

January 7, 2014
Increase your professionalism by taking advantage of the continuing education units being offered at the STMA Conference this year. Earn up to 1.5 CEUs through STMA. In addition to STMA, the following professional organizations have agreed to provide CEUs for attending education sessions at the conference:
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How to achieve your 2014 leadership goals

January 7, 2014
It's that time of year when many of us, with the best of intentions, write a leadership development plan, or establish goals for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, most of us will fail to achieve those goals. Why? We fail for a lot of reasons, most importantly, we underestimate how hard it is to change behavior.
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Online STMA Exhibitor List

January 7, 2014
Here is a list of preferred companies who will be exhibiting at the Sports Turf Managers Association's 25th anniversary Conference & Exhibition, January 23-24, in San Antonio, with links to their websites and/or specific products that will be on display:
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State minimum wages will exceed the federal minimum in 21 states

January 2, 2014
The retail-worker strikes that swept the nation in 2013 did not move Congress to raise the minimum wage, but a growing number of states are taking action. The minimum wage will rise in 13 states this week, and as many as 11 states and Washington, DC, are expected to consider increases in 2014, according to the National Employment Law Project. Approval is likely in more than half of the 11, says NELP policy analyst Jack Temple.
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EPA steps back from infill safety

January 2, 2014
The US Environmental Protection Agency has "stepped back" from previous safety assurances about artificial turf made from recycled tires, according to a written press release. "EPA now admits that it has no idea about the extent of chemical exposure to children and athletes playing on these surfaces," said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the nonprofit Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. The move was in response to a complaint filed by PEER, it said in the release.
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STMA member Michael Hopkins featured in Sports Illustrated

January 2, 2014
STMA member Michael Hopkins, Louisa, VA was featured in the December 30 print issue of Sports Illustrated. He is one of six individuals listed in the "Faces in the Crowd" section for his work as Sports Turf Manager and Turfgrass Science Instructor at Louisa County High School.
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Ohio State’s Sports Field Short Course set for Feb 20-21

January 2, 2014
Ohio State's 17th Annual Sports Field Short Course will be held February 20 and 21 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus OH. The course is held in conjunction with the OSU/OTF Golf Tee-Off (details soon).
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Register for the Nebraska Turf Conference, January 7-9

January 2, 2014
There is still time to register for the Nebraska Turf Conference to be held at the LaVista Conference Center at the Cabela's exit on the outskirts of Omaha. The conference continues improving in this new location and format, bringing in speakers from across the country to join the local professionals. This conference is extremely cost effective and a great way to educate the entire staff.
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Sports Turf Managers Association Conference to Celebrate 25th Anniversary

December 18, 2013
The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide – will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX Jan. 21-24, 2014.
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Will I get snow mold with an early snow event?

December 17, 2013
If you manage a field in the Midwest or East Coast, chances are there has been a snow event within the last week. The answer? There is no way to tell at this time of year.
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STMA seeks bilingual conference volunteers

December 17, 2013
The STMA International Committee is asking members who speak a second (or third) language to volunteer to assist non-English speaking conference attendees. If you volunteer, STMA will keep your name and cell phone number at the conference registration area, and when an international attendee checks in, he/she will be asked if they need any help in finding their way around the conference.
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New sport you might try when in San Antonio next month

December 17, 2013
That's not an errant soccer team invading the front nine. Those people kicking soccer balls into giant holes at Willow Springs Golf Course are playing FootGolf, a sport that combines soccer and golf. The idea is simple: Try to sink a soccer ball into the hole using as few kicks as possible. It's easy to learn, and there's no need to lug expensive golf clubs — your foot serves as putter, driver, wedge and every other club.
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