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If you plan on mailing or faxing a conference registration form for the STMA annual conference, those rates increase on Dec. 16. However, you have until Jan. 6, 2017 before the on-line rates increase! This may allow you the flexibility to pay your conference fees from next year's budget, if necessary, and still pay the lowest rate of $375.
To register, click here.

STMA in partnership with Turf Republic is seeking your input to the State of the Industry. Please take a few minutes to take the short survey. The results will help to benchmark where the profession of sports turf management is relative to size, equipment, products, employer perceptions and more.

Click here to take the survey:

- Participate in the STMA Scavenger Hunt!

STMA is introducing a fun, interactive game at the STMA Annual Conference. Take the challenge to complete tasks and answer questions. For example, you may be asked to: Attend the STMA General Session and snap a photo of the keynote presenters.

The app presents a Leader Board that shows participants' rankings -- first place and below. Win the top prize: Two Airline Tickets to anywhere (each valued at $500). The second-place winner will receive Three Nights hotel at the 2018 Conference in Ft. Worth, TX, and third place will win a $100 gift card.

A link to the app will be in STMA's conference app, 2017 STMA Show, which will be available soon in the App Store. The game will be activated on Tues., Jan. 24 and close on Fri., Jan. 27, at 1 p.m.

This program is brought to you by Title Sponsor Syngenta and supporting sponsors Barenbrug, ENP Turf, Floratine, Jacobsen, John Deere, Intelligro, Landmark Turf & Native Seed, Nature Safe, Pioneer Athletics, Sunbelt Rentals and TruMark Athletics.

The 2017 Conference Education Program is packed full of exciting and informative presentations, and we have condensed many of them to free Webinars!
Speakers have volunteered to present short 15-30 minute webinars prior to the conference as an introduction to their education session. Don't miss this great opportunity to prepare for conference education sessions! Only 50 people can take part in the live webinar, so make sure to register early. Webinars will be recorded and available for On-Demand access in STMA's Webinar Library.
Webinars will continue through January. You can register now for the following webinars in December (and there are two available in January!)
Polymer Coated Fertilizer: Takes a Beating and Keeps on Feeding with Dr. Eric Miltner on December 8 at 10 am EST – Register Here

#WeedWatch2017 - Things to Watch for in Weed Management This Year with Dr. Jim Brosnan on December 14 at 1 pm EST – Register Here

Warm-Season Sports Turf Weed Management with Dr. Jay McCurdy on December 15 at 12 pm EST – Register Here

Sports Turf Management, Past, Present, Future with Bob Campbell, CSFM on December 20 at 11 am EST – Register Here

A Spring and Summer Renovation Plan with Pamela Sherratt on January 4 at 1 pm EST – Register Here

Don't Let Water Restrictions Strike You Out with Dr. Bryan Hopkins and Dr. Kelly Kopp on January 12 at 12 pm EST – Register Here

Access recorded webinars On-Demand in the Webinar Library
What About the Micronutrients? - Dr. Nick Christians
A Break Through Approach to Human Growth and Leadership Development - Phil Eason
Why Every Turf Manager Should Consider Using PGRs - Ben Polimer

A highlight of the STMA Awards banquet each year is the unveiling of the new GrasStains video. Produced by member Steve Legros, it shows the wonderful passion of sports turf managers and the fun and challenges of the profession.

This year's theme is "Family." Send your digital photos and video clips of fun times, goofy pics, family portraits -- on and off the field -- to Steve at If your file is large, contact to determine the best method of delivery.

The SAFE Foundation, STMA's charity, is hosting a night of bowling on Tues., Jan. 24, at the AMF Bowling Lanes in Orlando during the STMA annual conference.

Gather a team of four or five peers to compete to win prizes. Transportation to and from the Coronado Springs Resort, dinner, and drinks will be provided. Prizes will be given to the teams with the highest points and for other games.

Help SAFE fund scholarships and educational outreach by participating in this event and start off the conference with a fun night! Thank you to Title Sponsor FIELDS Inc. and Drink Sponsor Beacon Athletics for supporting this fundraising event. Register here.

The Nominating Committee has announced the slate of candidates for the 2017 STMA Board of Directors. Electronic ballots have been sent to all voting members. Click here to review the candidates' bios and vision statements. Please contact STMA headquarters,, if you did not receive a ballot. The deadline to vote is Dec. 20.

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.

Don't forget to register for the STMA Student Challenge and take home a $5,000 award for your turf program plus bragging rights! The deadline to register is December 15. Registrations will not be accepted after December 15 or on-site.

The Student Challenge takes place Thurs., Jan. 26 from 2-4:30 p.m. during the STMA annual conference in Orlando, FL. A maximum of four undergraduates (graduate students are not allowed to participate) can compete on a team, and must declare if they are representing a two-year or four-year institution. Competitors receive complimentary conference registration.

All student challenge competitors are REQUIRED to register online. No paper registration forms will be accepted. Each team member must register individually. When registering, click on Member Log In online at You must be a national STMA member to compete in the student challenge. If you are not a member, you must pay your dues ($25) prior to registering for the conference. On the Members Only home page, click on Membership, Merchandise, and Online Registration. To register for the conference, click on "2017 Conference Registration - Orlando" and select "STUDENT CHALLENGE Competitor Only – Registration". When you register, you will be required to provide your school name, if you are competing as a 2- or 4-year team, all team member names, your email, and emergency contact information. If you would like to register for any of the optional events, you may do so online; however, these do require an additional fee. If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Althouse at

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Turf Rundown

Green Sports Alliance is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 14 at 1 pm EST – Register Here

This year, the Green Sports Alliance teamed up with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and the U.S. Department of Energy to identify opportunities for energy and water use reduction and their associated costs within stadiums and arenas. During this month's webinar, our partners will provide an update on current project findings, including the current state of energy and water performance across the industry. Speakers will also discuss how your team or venue can contribute to this project through participation in the first-of-its-kind, Energy & Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas Survey. This survey is an effort in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency to identify ways to promote high performance sports facilities and lead the way to possibly developing a new ENERGY STAR score and certification for stadiums and arenas. Finally, we will hear from a Green Sports Alliance member that has participated in the Energy & Water Efficiency of Stadiums and Arenas Survey and will share their experience and why they're engaged in this project.

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