STMA News Online

News You Can Use

Commercial companies that are exhibiting at STMA's annual conference and exhibition now have the opportunity to gain recognition for their new products at the STMA show. By submitting an entry into the Innovative Awards Program, that entry will automatically be promoted as a new product. The name of the product, service or equipment, the company that has developed it and its booth number will be captured on a large sign at the entry to the trade show. The company will also receive promotion in the on-site guide.

Winner(s) will be announced during the first hour of the trade show opening and will receive additional signage, a plaque, and further recognition during the annual awards banquet and in SportsTurf magazine.

Enter here today and be recognized for your Innovation!

The Denver Hyatt Regency, STMA's host hotel for the 2015 conference, has opened up room reservations for our event. Simply visit their web page here and select "ATTENDEE" to make your reservation.

Glenn GrayEach month two speakers presenting at the 2015 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Denver, Colorado will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Glenn Gray is a PR Director for Buffalo Communications. On Wednesday, January 14, he will be presenting "Social Media: Building Content, Increasing Engagement".

This presentation will help Sports Turf Managers tell their story through a variety of social media channels. It will provide suggestions on developing unique content, increase effectiveness, and measure success.

After attending this session, attendees will

  1. Be able to consistently develop unique content.
  2. Understand how to create "Raving Fans".
  3. Measure social media effectiveness and determine how they can improve.


Jay McCurdyJay McCurdy, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor/Turfgrass Extension Specialist at Mississippi State University. On Wednesday, January 14, he will be presenting "Resisting the Resistance: Preventing and Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds".

Herbicide resistant weeds are among the most troublesome issues facing the turfgrass industry. The loss of effective and economically viable herbicides results in a lower quality product and directly increases management budgets. Therefore, an effective cultural and chemical management plan is required to achieve maximum weed control in turfgrass systems. Emphasis should be placed upon rotating herbicide modes-of-action and eliminating escaped weeds after herbicidal treatments have been applied.

Attendees will:

  1. Receive an introductory lesson in herbicide resistance development.
  2. Be informed of various cutting edge techniques that prevent and manage herbicide resistance.
  3. Be able to convey the importance of resistance management strategies to stakeholders.

STMA's Certified Sports Field Managers program continues grow with 177 members achieving the designation. The program began in 2000 and a total of six people attained the designation that year.

Certified members report that achieving the designation has many employment benefits including increased compensation. Certified members average more than $7300 in greater compensation than non-certified members. In addition to the workplace and employer recognition received for attaining this designation, CSFMs report that personal satisfaction is another top benefit of becoming certified.

Certification is portable, and more and more employers are becoming aware of the importance of this credential when hiring their next sports turf manager. During the past four years, more employers have supported their sports turf managers pursuit of certification.

Find out here how easy it is to apply and how your employer can support your efforts.

See a list here of your peers who are currently certified.

It is important to note that all conference attendees must book their reservations directly with the Hyatt. There are companies already contacting individuals, claiming to be STMA's booking agent. It is a scam. The Hyatt will not have any record of your reservation.

Installing sod can be the most effective way to establish turfgrass on an athletic field due to both the quick establishment and the flexibility to install anytime during the year. Click here to learn about site preparation, choosing the best sod, successful installation, post-installation care, and additional considerations.

Later this month you will receive a copy of the printed STMA Sourcebook, which contains a current membership roster. All members, and especially those who have opted out of receiving a printed copy, can continue to access the real-time membership directory from the members only section of the website. If you are receiving the hard copy and decide that you would rather go online in the future, please contact us at Thank you!

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Personal development is the way to a better you. It can pertain to your job, your relationships, your education or just how you fit into the world. Whatever the case, personal development can help in discovering happiness and improving life. These tips will help you begin to explore, reach and grow.

Start with baby steps.

You had to crawl before you could learn to walk so it stands to reason that pretty much everything that you do will involve some baby steps before you can take on larger things. Don't be afraid of starting small and don't let it frustrate you. Soon enough you will be running.

Think about what you want.

What do you want for your life? Think about different areas of your life and where you would like to see yourself in those areas. Keep a journal to document your thoughts and help organize them. Some people never begin the thinking process; don't let yourself fall into that trap.

Take responsibility for you.

This is your life so you need to take responsibility for it. No one else can live it for you. Begin taking responsibility for your own actions and the outcomes in your life. You always have a choice, even if one of the choices is to do nothing.

Don't delay, start now.

Procrastination is the enemy of personal development. Don't fall into its trap! Whatever it is you want to do, start doing it today. Get that forward momentum going. It may be something as simple as journaling or writing down your goals, but it is a step in the right direction. Keep moving forward – keep moving.

Embrace change.

If you are going to grow, you are going to change. That is just a fact of life. You can't escape it so you might as well embrace it. If change is overwhelming to you, take it a little at a time. The key is to keep moving toward your goal and keep accepting the changes as they come. Some may be a little uncomfortable at first, but soon that change will be the norm and you will be barreling toward the next adventure.

Understand that you have value.

You are unique. You are special. You have value. It is important that you know and understand this. When you know that you are valuable and special, you are less likely to allow someone to take advantage of you. Also, people who have good self-worth are confident and move more boldly toward achieving their goals.

Challenge and push yourself.

You should always be looking for ways to challenge and push yourself. That is how you grow. If you push yourself to do new things or challenge yourself to attain goals that may require some work on your part, you are preparing yourself for the successful life you are striving for. Don't quit or give up, just keep pressing on.

Be grateful for what you have.

Some people are never content with what they have. Therefore, they are constantly searching, always unsettled and never quite finding happiness. Just because you are content where you are does not mean that you can't work to get to another level. It just means that you have learned to appreciate what you do have and find peace there.

Find what you love then do it.

If you can do what you love and get paid for it then it doesn't feel so much like a job. Think about the things that you love and see how you can turn them into a career.

Never stop growing.

Keep reaching; never stop growing. Enough said.

Turf Rundown

Early detection and rapid pathogen identification is essential for turfgrass disease management. Click here to read about the TurfPathoCHIP and how it can assist turfgrass managers in successfully detecting turfgrass pathogens.

International Resources




Student challenge