Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bayer CropScience Achieves Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Gold Partner Recognition To Strengthen The Golf Industry

Bayer and GCSAA Reinforcing Plant Health Education Partnership
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (December 16, 2014) — To advance the golf industry and provide new opportunities for golf industry professionals, Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, today announced the company’s increased level of support as a Gold industry partner of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) in its Partner Recognition Program. In this role, Bayer will continue to fund GCSAA education programs, webinars, scholarships, leadership opportunities and publications dedicated to golf industry professionals – a minimum investment of $300,000.

“Bayer is thrilled to further strengthen its industry partnership with the GCSAA,” said David Wells, golf business manager for Bayer. “We strive to provide the highest caliber professional development opportunities to help golf course superintendents, distributors and other turf professionals continue to succeed in their roles.”

At the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Feb. 21-26, Bayer will serve as the GCSAA Golf Championships Breakfast Sponsor. The Golf Championships is a members-only event, held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa from Feb. 21-23. It offers four different events over three days.

“GCSAA is delighted with Bayer’s partnership and continued dedication to the golf industry,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA Chief Executive Officer. “Without the support of Bayer and our sponsors, these critical education programs and industry events would not be possible.”

Bayer and GCSAA’s Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) are also proud to partner on the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program that aims to advance plant health research and education for GCSAA superintendents. As part of Bayer’s commitment, the company has agreed to invest a percent of revenue from StressGard® FT product sales each year for three years — a minimum commitment of $300,000 over three years. The Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow initiative includes programs such as Plant Health Academy, scholarships, demonstration courses and webinars.

“Through the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, Bayer is committed to helping superintendents succeed and stay up-to-date on cutting-edge plant health research,” said Wells. “Our goal is to continue to bring advancements in the golf industry to light and offer valuable educational opportunities for golf professionals in order sustain our industry for many years to come.”

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The GCSAA is a leading golf organization in the United States focused on golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find GCSAA on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find the EIFG on Facebook or Twitter.

About Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
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®, Interface®, 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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Bayer CropScience is committed to bringing new technology and solutions for agriculture and non-agricultural uses. For questions concerning the availability and use of products, contact a local Bayer CropScience representative, or visit Bayer CropScience online at www.bayercropscience.us.


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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 8,819 million (2013) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 22,400 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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