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STMA is introducing our first ever Scavenger Hunt for the STMA Annual Conference! Taking place throughout the week, participants will be able to play, learn and earn points. Easily accessible by downloading the Scavify app and searching for our hunt: STMA Scavenger Hunt, players can complete the challenges by answering questions, taking photos or scanning QR Codes.

STMA will award the top three highest scorers with prizes!

1st place: Two Airline Tickets to Anywhere (valued at $500 each)
2nd place: Three Nights Hotel at the 2018 Conference in Ft. Worth, TX
3rd place: $100 Gift Card

When will the game be available?
The game will be activated on Tues., Jan. 24 at 7:00 a.m. and close on Fri., Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m. Winners will be announced on the trade show floor at 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

How can I access it?
Download the app Scavify from the app store, and search for our hunt: STMA Scavenger Hunt. A link to the app can also be found in STMA's conference app, 2017 STMA Show.

Thank you to our Sponsors! This program is brought to you by Title Sponsor Syngenta and supporting sponsors Barenbrug, ENP Turf, Floratine, G2 Turftools Inc., Jacobsen, John Deere, Intelligro, Landmark Turf & Native Seed, Nature Safe, Pioneer Athletics, Sunbelt Rentals and TruMark Athletics.

#STMA2017 Social Media Campaign
In anticipation of the 28th annual Conference & Exhibition January 24-27 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., please find a social media toolkit. Help support our industry by posting this information to social media while using #STMA2017 and @FieldExperts. Share content throughout January on your personal channels.

Our goal is to spread awareness about #STMA2017 and to have the topic trending nationwide in support of STMA's Conference.

Thank you for your support!

The 2017 STMA Conference and Exhibition has hit record numbers but there is room for you to participate!

Registration rates increase on Jan. 7. Take advantage of the low rates now. STMA has several 'package' rates to help you take advantage of all that the conference offers:
Full Conference registration - meals, receptions, education and the trade show: $375 (Best value)
One Day package: $140
One Day Trade show pass: $45

Take advantage of more than 50 speakers, eight educational tracks, a sold-out trade show floor, and connections to the entire industry. This is the one event each year that is dedicated solely to field management. You need to be a part of it.

Disney's Coronado Springs hotel still has some availability on hotel rooms. Check the hotel link here or call: (407) 939-4686.

Now open for Sign Up

STMA's 27 Committees, subcommittees, and task groups are now open for sign up. Click here to find out about each committee's role. The STMA President will appoint volunteers to each committee during February and committee works starts in March and concludes in Jan. 2018.

Help to advance the association by volunteering. Some volunteer opportunities are task driven, so if you are seeking a shorter volunteer time period look for a task group. Fill out the Volunteer Interest Form here.

Download the free 2017 STMA Conference App for smart devices! The app aims to increase attendee engagement with interactive features, encourage networking, conveniently connect attendees with exhibitors and sponsors, and improve the overall conference experience.

App Features:

- Personalized schedule builder
- Detailed information about each education session
- Speaker biographies and contact information
- Presentation resources
- Exhibitor and Sponsor lists
- Maps of the convention center, trade show, and event locations
- Social media integration with Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube
- Attendee list and in-app messaging
- Conference event reminders
- Conference surveys, session surveys, and polls
- Customizable expense report

Download the STMA conference app to your smart phone or tablet now by going to the App Store and search for 2017 STMA Show. It is available for iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod Touch, and most Android devices. No internet connection is needed to run the app.
Connect and share with others about the education sessions you are attending, new products and services on the trade show floor, and the various networking opportunities!

• The Toro Company for donating a Sports & Grounds Experience, a $2,000 value. Join other grounds professionals to provide input on the equipment and services you need to do your job better.
• Green Jacket Turf Covers for donating a Baseball Rain Protection Cover Set, a $1,220 value, shipped to the winner (shipping charge apply).

Be sure you have pre-approval to bid on items.

SAFE is still seeking items for its Live and Silent Auctions. Please donate! Bring your items to the conference and drop them off at Registration.

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!

Dr. Kevin Kloesel is a University Meteorologist from the University of Oklahoma's Office of Emergency Preparedness. On Thursday, January 26, he will be presenting "So You Want to Be a Meteorologist? Weather and Your Venue".

Severe weather in the US is unique, and short-fused high impact weather hazards can strike any venue at any time. Dr. Kevin Kloesel will provide an overview of common weather hazards at venues and emphasize the need for severe weather planning. OU regularly plans and prepares its athletic venues for life threatening weather hazards such as lightning, winter weather, flooding rain, hail, and tornadoes. Emergency planning for these weather hazards is key to keeping those that work on athletic fields safe. This presentation will outline the dangers of leaving weather decisions in the hands of umpires and referees, as well as the dangers that exist to those that work to keep athletic fields in playing shape.

Attendees will learn about:
- Life safety in the face of weather threats.
- Proactive planning and decision triggers.
- Tools to monitor weather hazards.

 

Brad Jakubowski is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Agronomy at the Pennsylvania State University. On Wednesday, January 25, he will be presenting "Sustainability on Campus: Green Sports Fields and Grounds".

Across the United States, there has been a fundamental shift towards sustainable practices in maintaining natural grass surfaces. As user demands change, turf managers face new challenges in meeting safety standards as well as environmental expectations. In addition to investigating sustainable practices, pest management and soil and plant fertility, this seminar will also explore the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, LEED certification, and carbon neutrality.

Turf Managers will learn:
- What practices and management choices will help them become more sustainable.
- How to communicate what they are doing to administration and the public to enhance their value as sustainable turf managers.
- How to make choices in becoming more carbon neutral and how to address sustainable policies and commitments.

This year 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 get a taste of all that conference offers and begin preparing your education schedule. 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.

You can register now for the following webinars in January:

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
Polymer Coated Fertilizer: Takes a Beating and Keeps on Feeding - Dr. Eric Miltner
#WeedWatch2017 - Things to Watch for in Weed Management This Year - Dr. Jim Brosnan
Warm-Season Sports Turf Weed Management - Dr. Jay McCurdy

STMA is partnering with IntelliQuest Media and Diamond Pro to record educational sessions at the 2017 conference. All education sessions will be audio recorded and synchronized with PowerPoint presentations.

Recorded sessions will be available through an On-Line Library where users can have access to education at any time throughout the year. The Library will feature recorded presentations, speaker biographies, and presentation slides and handouts. The Library will be accessible on portable devices such as iPad, iPhone, and other tablet devices.

Full conference attendees will have free, unlimited, lifetime access to the Online Library. Following the conference, attendees will receive an email to obtain free library access. Conference recordings are also available to benefit those unable to attend the conference. Non-conference customers must pay a fee to access content. Flash drives are also available for a fee to those interested in a hard copy backup to the online content. Following the conference, visit the STMA Conference Knowledge Center to preview education sessions. Make sure to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to enhance your education and stay current with industry trends and research!

Increase your professionalism by taking advantage of the continuing education units (CEUs) 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:

American Sports Builders Association (ASBA)
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)

The following states are providing Pesticide Recertification Credits:
Florida*

*Pesticide Recertification credits will only be available for Florida. If you are attending from another state and are in need of pesticide recertification credits, you are responsible for contacting your state's Department of Agriculture for approval.

Visit us online or see the onsite brochure for a detailed listing of education sessions that qualify for CEUs and recertification credits. Be sure to sign in using the appropriate form during the education sessions to receive credit.

Make sure to visit STMA's Conference Handout page to access presentation materials for the education sessions. STMA will not be providing handouts during the conference, so be sure to print out the materials for the sessions you plan to attend. These materials will be available on the website prior, during, and after the conference. The materials will also be available through STMA's conference app. Check back after the conference to access recorded education sessions and catch up on presentations you may have missed.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

"You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you." - Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
Read the full article here.

Turf Rundown

Concerns have been raised by the public about the safety of recycled rubber tire crumb used in synthetic turf fields and playgrounds in the United States. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched a multi-agency Federal Research Action Plan on Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds to study key environmental and human health questions. On December 30, 2016, the agencies released a status report describing the progress of the research to date. Read the full report here.

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