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For the fourth year, STMA has been named a Community Partner with the Green Sports Alliance Summit, which will be held in Houston June 28-30. As a community partner, STMA receives a partnership table to distribute literature and meet face-to-face with attendees. STMA members also receive a $50 discount on the registration fees. Click here to register. (Put in promotional code STMA to receive the discount).
STMA Founder George Toma is being inducted to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on May 18 during a luncheon at the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield, Mo. He is being recognized for his impact on sports through grounds keeping and turf management. STMA President Salmond will attend to represent STMA and convey the association's congratulations.
The STMA Board of Directors has selected West Palm Beach as the location for its 2020 conference. They conducted a site visit during their Spring Board meeting in March. The myriad of factors that the Board considers for a conference location are all in alignment in Palm Beach. The convention center, hotels, transportation, accessibility, culture, safety, union strength, weather...and a dozen more were considered and found to be ideal.
We all cheer on our favorite sports teams. Those who work in sports field management have a responsibility to do a different kind of a cheer.
This is a cheer to promote the profession to potential students. You are in the best position to speak to high school students and to share the sports turf management profession.
STMA is seeking educational videos that demonstrate maintenance practices for sports fields. The goal is to develop a collection of 3-8 minute educational videos focused on sports field how-to's that STMA members can use to improve their operations. Topics can include anything related to sports turf management, such as:
In June, the STMA Membership Committee will be sending out a very important study on compensation. This electronic survey will capture data that will determine if the salary levels of the profession are rising, and if so, by how much. These results will be compared to the 2012 and 2008 surveys, which will provide an important measurement of our industry's growth.
Photos and the Playing Condition Index (PCI) are required in-season for a Field of the Year submittal. If you plan to enter the field that your athletes are playing on now, it is time to begin documenting your maintenance and management processes – even though your complete application is not due until Oct. 15. That means you must take photos of before, during and after season; and you must conduct four PCI's, three of which must be completed during the season.
STMA's 28th Conference debuts in 2017 in Orlando on Jan 24-27. The conference program and all of the events are being created to provide an excellent learning experience for participants. Plan now to extend your conference stay to a family vacation! Disney's Coronado Springs hotel is honoring the low conference rate of $154, from Jan. 18 through Feb. 2, 2017.
Not only has there been a decrease in young people interested in the turfgrass industry, but the entire agriculture industry is feeling the effects of reduced college graduates entering agricultural careers. USDA job reports found that 20,000 agriculture jobs go unfilled each year.