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The session “New Trends and Technology in Sports Turf” will be taking place again at the 2016 STMA Conference. The goal of this 1-hour education session is to allow commercial companies to introduce new or improved products and services. The session will feature 10 speakers representing STMA’s commercial companies. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to introduce and explain the benefits of their product or service to conference attendees. Companies interested in this opportunity will be entered into a lottery from which 10 companies will be chosen to participate.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kristen Althouse by email at kalthouse@stma.org or phone 785-542-9243 by Friday, July 17, 2015. Don’t miss out on presenting as part of the “New Trends and Technology in Sports Turf” education session at conference!

Various parts of the country are experiencing extreme weather conditions – drought in California and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.  STMA has educational resources that can help you manage your facility during challenging conditions.  Football Field Management During a Drought discusses how you can prepare for a drought and how to handle drought conditions. Flooding on Sports Fields explains turfgrass injury and the various recovery practices that can be put into place following a flood.

STMA’s Environmental Committee developed a set of environmental principles to help guide the work of sports field managers. The STMA Board of Directors subsequently adopted the principles and recommends that members also adopt them. The Principles are voluntary and are just a guide. Use them as a framework for your environmental stewardship. They are not step-by-step instructions; rather, they represent a philosophy of responsible and sustainable field management.

With increasing scrutiny about water use, field inputs and the heightened promotion to replace natural grass with synthetic fields, adopting your version of these guidelines may help to improve the level of awareness about your environmental performance. Customize them, as appropriate. Then post them and provide them to your communications department for publication. Your field users will better understand your commitment to preserving and protecting the environment. Once adopted, use this opportunity to promote your environmental stewardship by issuing a press release.

To access them for printing a copy, click here.
For a sample news release, click here.

STMA's Turfgrass Science Curriculum was developed to introduce students to the turfgrass industry. The lessons build a solid foundation in the science and practices of turfgrass management so students can successfully care for a turfgrass surface. The curriculum is broken into 5 units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Turfgrass Science
Unit 1 introduces students to the community, environmental, and economic benefits of turfgrass. Students are also introduced to the various career opportunities available in the turfgrass industry.

Unit 2: Turfgrass Growth & Development, Anatomy, and Identification
Unit 2 discusses turfgrass germination and growth. Activities are provided to assist students with understanding anatomical features and how to use those features to correctly identify turfgrass species. Adaptations and correct use of turfgrass species is also covered.

Unit 3: Turfgrass Soils
Unit 3 focuses on the importance of soil properties and the soil issues most commonly encountered in turfgrass management. Students are guided through activities to understand soil texture, drainage, and compaction and how they influence turfgrass health.

Unit 4: Turfgrass Cultural Practices
Unit 4 is divided by the cultural practices necessary to maintain healthy turfgrass systems. Mowing, fertilization, irrigation, aeration practices, and pest management are all covered in-depth to help students understand why each practice is essential for the health and longevity of turfgrass surfaces.

Unit 5: Turfgrass Establishment
Unit 5 culminates by bringing together information from the previous units and challenging students to think about what it takes to establish and maintain a turfgrass surface successfully. Successful establishment cannot take place without a firm understanding of turfgrass species and adaptations, soil requirements, and essential cultural practices.

The curriculum was developed to help YOU! Whether you are already a sports turf manager, new to the sports turf industry, a high school or college student, educator, or just someone interested in learning more about turfgrass, the curriculum is here as a resource to help you meet your goals and advance professionally. Sports turf managers can use the curriculum as a refresher course or as a training tool for employees. Sports field crew members benefit by understanding the "why" behind management practices, which can help improve productivity and accountability. The curriculum can provide a competitive edge to high school students interested in pursuing higher education in the turfgrass industry. Educators can implement the easy-to-follow curriculum in the classroom regardless of their experience and background.

Still not sure if the curriculum is right for you? The lessons are designed to help you succeed by incorporating different learning styles. Visual, auditory, and hands-on learning needs are met through the use of interactive activities, self assessment quizzes, videos, critical thinking exercises, and high quality photos, diagrams, and illustrations. Additionally, upon successful completion of the course, students earn a Certificate of Completion, which can be used to show your employer your dedication to continuing education.

Please note: There are two different versions of the curriculum. The hard copy that is available on a flash drive is intended for an instructor in a classroom setting. Educators are provided lesson plans, PowerPoint presentations, labs, quizzes, and various other activities to introduce students to the turfgrass industry. The online tool is intended for individual students and is formatted to allow for self-paced training. Please be sure when ordering to order the correct format according to your needs. For more information and ordering instructions, CLICK HERE.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

A lot of people think they should just be recognized for their effort and rewarded accordingly, without any need for self-promotion. Unfortunately, in today’s competitive workplace, if you assume that hard work alone is enough to get ahead, it’s very likely you will be left behind by those who haven’t shied away from self-promotion. Read the 5 tips here.

Turf Rundown

Over the past few years, California and other Western regions have faced the worst drought experienced by this generation. California Governor Jerry Brown issued mandatory water restrictions on California residents, businesses, and farms in response to the historic drought. Watch the webinar to see how the restrictions will affect the turf and landscape irrigation industry.

International Resources

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