Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Bayer CropScience Now Accepting Applications for Third Annual Plant Health Scholarship

Two GCSAA Member Superintendents to Receive $2,500 Award to Advance Education in Plant Health
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (September 7, 2015)Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, and the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic arm of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), today announced that applications are now open for the third annual Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Scholarship program. The program will award $2,500 scholarships to two top-ranking golf course superintendents who are looking to advance their plant health education.

“Bayer is committed to fostering plant health education and is fully dedicated to supporting superintendents who share a similar passion,” said David Wells, golf business manager for the Bayer turf and ornamentals business. “Programs like the Plant Health Scholarship help ensure that tomorrow’s superintendents have the applicable knowledge and the best tools available to optimize plant health on their courses and to stay abreast of the latest challenges and innovations affecting the turf industry.”

Applications must be submitted by October 10. Recipients may use the scholarship to attend a local, regional or national educational conference or enroll in a continuing education program at an institution of higher learning. The Plant Health Scholarship is one of four educational opportunities available to superintendents through Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow each year. Superintendents who are interested in applying can visit the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow page at www.backedbybayer.com/plant-health-scholarship. Applicants must be employed as a golf course superintendent, be a Class A or superintendent member (SM) of GCSAA, and enrolled in My Bayer Rewards customer loyalty program. Applicants must be employed within the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii. Current employees of Bayer or GCSAA, along with their children, are not eligible to apply. The Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Selection Panel will choose two scholarship recipients based on his/her essay responses, participation in the GCSAA and the My Bayer Rewards program.

The Plant Health Scholarship is a component of the Bayer Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program, a multi-faceted initiative in collaboration with the EIFG aimed at advancing plant health research and education for superintendents to help ensure the health of their courses – and the industry – for the future. In addition to the Plant Health Scholarship, Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow also includes Webinars, Demonstration Courses, and the Plant Health Academy.

About Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow
To fund Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, Bayer has invested a percentage of Stressgard® Formulation Technology (FT) product sales each year – a minimum commitment of $300,000 since 2013. Funds generated through the program are 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®, Interface®,
Signature™ Xtra Stressgard, Fiata® Stressgard and Mirage® Stressgard. Stressgard Formulation Technology helps fortify natural plant defenses and promote plant growth.

For more information visit www.BackedByBayer.com.

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About Bayer CropScience
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 9,494 million (2014) 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 23,100 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at www.eifg.org.

About GCSAA
GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.
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