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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.
Managing baseball and softball infields is challenging. STMA's Information Outreach Committee has produced a bulletin that addresses components of an infield mix, selection of an infield mix, testing procedures, moisture management, rainout prevention, infield conditioners, dragging, and lip management. Click here to learn how you can improve management and safety of skinned infields.
If you are completing an internship this summer, remember that you could be eligible to win a grant! The Gary Vanden Berg Internship Grant is intended to help offset the costs a student may have incurred while interning, including, but not limited to, transportation, lodging, and food, or as a subsidy to wages.
STMA's renewal period for the 2016 membership year closes on March 31. To avoid interruption with any of your services incuding delivery of SportsTurf magazine, please renew soon! The quickest way to renew is to go to STMA.org, and log in to your account. Please contact STMAinfo@STMA.org or call 800-323-3875 if you have any questions.
At its winter board meeting, the SAFE Foundation unanimously voted to establish a grant to honor Leo Goertz, a longtime member who recently passed away. The grant will annually fund $1500 in conference expenses for a member of a chapter to attend the STMA national conference and exhibition. In addition, STMA will provide a complimentary conference registration.
Spring is right around the corner and it's time to develop your fertility plan. Utilizing Soil Tests in Nutrient Management for Sports Fields provides sport turf managers a resource to assist in taking soil samples, interpreting soil test results, and building a sound nutrient management program.