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Turfgrass Education and Recruiting for the Future

Enrollment in turfgrass science at colleges and universities has seen a decline in the past 10 to 15 years. In a survey conducted by Golf Course Management magazine, 40 schools were asked about turfgrass program enrollment. 70% have encountered lower enrollment compared to 10 years ago. STMA's Turfgrass Education Council has created a white paper to discuss various options for colleges and universities to implement to help attract students to turfgrass science as a career option.

Strategic Planning on the Horizon for the STMA Board

Every three years the STMA Board of Directors sets the roadmap for the association through a formalized strategic planning process. STMA's current 2015-2017 plan is nearly complete, and the Board will begin the planning process at their summer Board Meeting, using a professional strategic planning facilitator.

TopGolf Selected for 2018 Conference SAFE Golf Tournament

SAFE is excited to announce the introduction of TopGolf to the STMA 2018 Annual Conference in Fort Worth! TopGolf will be replacing the traditional golf tournament setting.

STMA Recognizes Commercial Innovation

Commercial members, submit your innovation for recognition! It's easy and only has 3 requirements:


In 2010, the STMA Membership Committee implemented a program to honor STMA members for their years of service to the association. Thus, began the Membership Pin program. STMA awards 5-, 10-, 15-, 20- and 25-year pins for corresponding years of membership.

Spring is a Great Time for Soil Testing!

The basis for sound nutrient management and water quality protection programs in turf management revolves around soil testing. A "Basic Soil Test" will typically provide information on soil pH and the levels of the macronutrients phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca). Having this information can help you build an effective fertilization program.

April is National Lawncare Month

Promote the benefits of natural grass during April. National Lawncare Month offers the ideal opportunity for sports field managers to highlight the benefits of natural grass in their communities.

STMA Program Hits the Sweet 16

Sixteen facilities have achieved environmental facility certification! They are:

SAFE Adds Board Members

STMA's charity, The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE), has added four new Board members. Appointed to the Board is Jody Gill, CSFM, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS. Those elected to the Board include Marcus Dean, CSFM, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Jeff Fowler, Penn State University Extension, Franklin, PA; and Victoria Wallace, University of Connecticut, Norwich, CT.

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