Featured Speakers of the Month

Each month, speakers presenting at the 2017 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Ben Polimer is the Fields & Grounds Coordinator for Town of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts. On Wednesday, January 25, he will be presenting "Why Every Turf Manager Should Consider Using PGRs".

The presentation will discuss the modes of action for typical plant growth regulators (PGRs) used in sports turf and their practical uses from Little League fields to professional stadiums. The cost of materials has made it affordable for all managers to incorporate PGRs into their turf management programs. Growth regulators help with wear tolerance, reducing clippings, early spring green up, and reducing painting.

Attendees will learn:
- How PRGs interact with the turfgrass plant.
- Practical uses for PGRs in sports turf and general turf areas.
- The benefits of using PGRs.

For a preview of this education session, click here for the webinar.

Dr. Barry Stewart is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at Mississippi State University. On Thursday, January 26, he will be presenting "Management Standards for Athletic Field Management and Materials Specification".

There are many standards for the management of athletic fields ranging from ASTM Standards, to league rules, to textbooks. How can these be used to improve athletic fields while maintaining a "standard of care"? Many field managers are unaware of existing standards for athletic fields and how the documents can help with management as well as provide a framework for developing a documentation program that records the efforts made to provide a safe field. This seminar will examine existing standards, as well as standards for testing and specifying materials used in the construction and maintenance process. The presentation will also raise attendee awareness of standards and provide access recommendations.

After attending this presentation, attendees will:
- Appreciate the different types of standards that are available.
- Be familiar with standards and the standards community.
- Know where to find management standards and determine if standards are currently in place.

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