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Share your expertise by being a presenter at the 2018 STMA Conference and Exhibition. The conference will be held in Fort Worth, Texas from January 16-19. Presenting at the conference is a great way to share research and experiences and also increase your visibility within the sports turf management profession. STMA is seeking engaging presentations in the areas of sports turf management, design and construction, environmental regulation and compliance, professional development, and new technologies and research. For information on what is required on the online form and to submit your presentation ideas, CLICK HERE.

The Conference Education Committee completes a thorough review of each presentation in order to give everyone equal consideration. Presentations that are not selected are shared with our SportsTurf editor Eric Schroder for possible use as an article.

Please complete and submit all the required materials by the March 24, 2017 deadline. Submittals will be reviewed by the STMA Conference Education Committee, and notification of selection will be sent out in early June. For any additional questions, please contact Kristen Althouse at kalthouse@stma.org.

STMA's membership year is January through December, with a liberal grace period until March 31 before non-renewing memberships are dropped. Please take a moment to log in and renew your membership today. Don't let your membership services lapse. To review member benefits, go here.

(We know you are saying, "finally"! So are we!)

STMA's website, STMA.org is getting a total remake. New features include: mobile friendly, integrated members only/public site, easy-to-access technical resources, and so much more. The Technology committee is working on the new site parameters. To help us create the most user-friendly website, please answer these three quick questions.

Mark your calendars for January 16-19, 2018, because STMA's heading to Fort Worth! The city, known for its cowboys and culture, will be home to the 2018 STMA Conference and Exhibition. With its seven entertainment districts, attendees will have endless options for restaurants, shopping and amusement. Near the hotels and convention center, attendees can visit Downtown/Sundance Square, a 35-block shopping and entertainment district. Find out more about Fort Worth here.

STMA has secured two host hotels in Ft. Worth -- the Hilton and the Omni. Hilton is offering a $169 single or double, and the Omni's single or double rate is $189 per night. Look for the links to the hotels in July to reserve your room.

STMA's 501(c)3 charity, The SAFE Foundation, is holding an online Silent Auction! This is a pilot program to determine if online auctions raise money for SAFE as well as provide a way to highlight our generous donors.

The items offered in this pilot include Toro's Sports Fields & Grounds Experience, GreenJacket's Baseball Rain Protection Base Cover Set and The Grilling Package. To access the auction, click here. Bidders will be able to bid on the three items available by creating a free 32Auctions account. The Silent Auction will be open from Wednesday, March 1st until Wednesday, March 8th at 11:00 CST.
SAFE's Mission: To enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes.

Thank you to everyone who took the 2017 STMA Conference and Exhibition Survey. The winner of the drawing for the STMA complimentary 2018 Conference Registration is Curt Moore of Oak Park Country Club in River Grove, Illinois! His name was randomly drawn by STMA Education Manager Kristen Althouse from those who filled out the Post Conference Survey. The registration will provide access to conference education, networking, meals, receptions, and the annual awards banquet. The conference and exhibition will be held January 16-19 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Did you know that STMA has an online, searchable membership directory? You can find member contact information that is real-time, so as soon as someone makes a change to their record, it is updated in the directory automatically. To access the Membership Directory, log in, enter your search criteria in the form and click search.

You can search by name, organization, location, etc. We recommend keeping your search criteria more general such as a few letters of the last name and first initial to return better results. Another tip for better searching is to use the % symbol. This symbol is our wild card, for example, if you search for %green in the organization, it will find any organization that has green in its name. If you have any questions, please send them to stmainfo@stma.org.

STMA's Membership Directory is sponsored by World Class Athletic Surfaces.
 

- 8 Facilities in Attesting Phase

STMA rolled out its Environmental Facility Certification Program in June 2016. Since that time 13 facilities have achieved the designation and eight more are ready to have their facilities attested.

The program involves a written assessment "self-test" that a sports turf manager fills out electronically and submits to STMA. As with its Certified Sports Field Managers' program (CSFM), a passing score is 80 percent on each of its 10 sections. When that is achieved, the sports turf manager arranges to have his or her best management practices validated by an approved attester, who can be an academic in turfgrass management or a CSFM. The attester does a walk through of the facility with the sports turf manager and electronically submits confirmation of the environmental practices.

Facilities certified:
Ciudad Real Madrid (SPAIN) - Paul Burgess, CSFM
Elon University Athletic Complex (NC) - Scott Stevens, CSFM
Grinnell College Athletic Fields (IA) - Jason Koester, CGCS
The Gulfport SportsPlex (MS) - Keair Edwards
Longfellow Park - Park District of Oak Park (IL) - Travis Stephen
Minute Maid Park (TX) - Izzy Hinojosa
Pleasant View Athletic Fields (CO) John Cogdill
Prairie Ridge Athletic Fields (IA) - Elliott Josephson
Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (SPAIN) - Paul Burgess, CSFM
Red Bull Arena (NJ) - Dan Shemesh, Zack Holm
Red Bull Training Facility (NJ) - Dan Shemesh, Zack Holm
Ruby Hill Park (CO) - Abby McNeal, CSFM
USC Upstate Soccer Complex (SC) - Bruce Suddeth

Facilities attesting:

Allen Pond Park (MD) - Edward Hall, CSFM
Championship Field at Seattle University (WA) - Dean Pearson
Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center (VT) - David Kimel
Green Farms Academy (CT) - Tom Barry
Hibner Soccer and Tennis Complex (NE) - Jared Hertzel, Blake Nelson
Peoria Sports Complex (AZ) - Alan Siebert, CSFM
Texas Rangers Baseball Club (TX) - Andrew Powers
University of North Carolina Greensboro Athletic Fields (NC) - Peter Ashe, CSFM

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Turf Rundown

Mowing is one of the most fundamental and energy-intensive cultural practices in maintaining turfgrass. Mowing is a plant stress, even when done correctly. It reduces the plant's ability to undergo photosynthesis and produce carbohydrates, and can reduce rooting capacity. The objectives of this research were to determine the number of required mowing events when mowing weekly versus using the 1/3rd rule, the influence of returning grass clippings, and if turfgrass species and cultivars with differing growth rates influence mowing requirements, dry matter yield, and leaf tissue nitrogen. Click here for the full article.

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