Twelve Superintendents to be Chosen for Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Program on Plant Health
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (Nov. 11, 2014)
– To provide golf course superintendents a unique opportunity to gain new learnings and be successful at their course, Environmental Science
, a division of Bayer CropScience LP
, today announced a call for applications for the third annual Plant Health Academy
. GCSAA Class A and Superintendent members who are also members of My Bayer Rewards can apply through Dec. 19 to participate in the program, which is one of four educational opportunities available as part of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
initiative Bayer launched in partnership with the GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf
Bayer and GCSAA
will select twelve superintendents for the 2015 Academy, a two-part immersive program that allows attendees to participate in plant health research and education sessions. The first session at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., takes place April 20-22, 2015, and the second session, hosted at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C., runs from Sept. 16-18, 2015. Attendee travel, accommodations and meals will be paid for by the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
“Bayer’s Plant Health Academy provides a unique opportunity for superintendents to stay-up-to-date on real-world plant health applications,” said David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer. “The Academy offers attendees a chance to learn from industry experts about the latest trends in plant health and how they can positively impact their course.”
The program will cover data and case studies on a large array of plant health topics, including how to measure plant health and its benefits, available treatments and preventive products. Leading plant health researchers will translate plant health studies to agronomic issues such as nutrient, water and pest management.
“It was very beneficial to hear about new products in development and share our feedback about challenges we face as superintendents,” said Andrew Jorgensen, member of the 2014 Plant Health Academy class, and certified golf course superintendent at On Top of the World Communities, Inc., in Ocala, Fla. “What I enjoyed most was learning from leading plant health professionals, as well as seeing the behind-the-scenes product development and research behind it.”
The application is made up of two short-answer essays and is open for golf course superintendents to complete through Dec. 19, 2014, on the Plant Health Academy web page at http://www.backedbybayer.com/plant-health-academy
. A selection committee of representatives from Bayer and GCSAA will choose the finalists. GCSAA (Class A or SM) members also enrolled in the My Bayer Rewards
program and who are currently employed as a golf course superintendent within the United States are eligible to apply for the program.
“The Academy exposed me to individuals that I would not have otherwise been introduced to,” said Rob Williams, member of the 2014 Plant Health Academy class, and Class A superintendent at Stockton Golf & Country Club in Stockton, Calif. “The event was outstanding and demonstrated Bayer and GCSAA’s continued commitment to our industry. I’d highly recommend it to my peers.”
About Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow,
Bayer invests a percentage of StressGard
™ Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year for three years – a minimum commitment of $300,000. Funds generated through the program will also be dedicated to the EIFG to support research, education, advocacy and scholarship initiatives executed by GCSAA.
Bayer has been developing products with plant health attributes for nearly 20 years, starting with the origin of StressGard FT, a technology now featured in Bayer fungicides including Tartan®
Chipco® Signature™, Fiata®
StressGard and Mirage™ StressGard. StressGard
Formulation Technology helps fortify natural plant defenses and promote plant growth. To learn more about StressGard
FT and other Bayer solutions, please visit www.BackedByBayer.com
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