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Fertilizer Recertification Dates
Here is an update on the Fertilizer Recertification dates scheduled so far through Maryland Department of Agriculture. The announcement for these has not been posted to their website yet, but I’m letting you know now so you can plan accordingly.
Boonsboro – December 16
Harford County – December 17, sponsored by the Mill of Belair and open to all
Salisbury – January 13
Howard County – January 29 at Howard County Parks & Recreation in Columbia
Derwood – February 3
Additional classes will be scheduled, including Leonardtown.
Also attached is the announcement for a 6 credit course that the MD Department of Agriculture is having in Annapolis on December 5th. Although the class is 6 credits, the credits will not carry beyond June 30, 2020. If you still need 4 or 6 credits to renew at the end of June, this is your opportunity to catch up.
Please call or email Judy McGowan if you have any questions – 410-841-5955 or Judy.McGowan@Maryland.gov.
2019 Turfgrass Sponsorship Letter
Believe it or not, it’s fall conference time again! On behalf of the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents, we want you to know we truly appreciate all the support you have given our association and its activities over the years. Our association continues to remain strong and this year we have been very successful with our efforts at monthly meetings, fundraising, and education. The ESAGCS board and conference committee hopes that with your continued support, our association will continue to serve the industry and our members by providing a memorable experience and educational conference again this November.
This year will be our thirteenth anniversary of the annual ESAGCS Fall Turfgrass Conference and once again, we have another outstanding line up of speakers. The country’s top turf industry researchers, consultants and more fill out the schedule. The conference will be held at a new venue in Dewey Beach, DE, November 5th – 7th, 2019 at the Hyatt Place. We are excited about this new venue and when combined with our educational line up, you won’t want to miss being a part of this event!
The ESAGCS conference committee once again requests your support and participation in the 2019 Eastern Shore Fall Turfgrass Conference. The board and membership truly understand that without your involvement this conference would not be possible and we sincerely appreciate your sponsorship. For the first time since 2014, we are raising the rate for our Conference Presenting Sponsor level; all other levels will remain the same. Due to rising costs of speakers and our commitment to keep costs as low as possible for attendees while providing as much value as possible, the conference committee agreed that it was essential to raise the rate for this critical sponsorship level. Additionally, you will see some changes in new sponsorship opportunities and a removal of some old sponsorship opportunities. The following pages outline the sponsorship opportunities in more detail.
Once again, thank you for your continued support of the Eastern Shore Association of Golf Course Superintendents. If you have any questions or feedback regarding the 2019 Eastern Shore Fall Turfgrass Conference, please contact Joe Perry or Danielle Haley by email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Perry, CGCS
Mike Salvio, CGCS
ESAGCS Fall Conference Committee
Delaware’s Golf Course Best Management Practices
Delaware’s Golf Course Best Management Practices committee is proud to announce the publication of the document Best Management Practices for Delaware Golf Courses and its companion website (delawaregolfbmp.org).
Delaware’s golf course superintendents, in partnership with University of Delaware scientists, developed these research-based, voluntary guidelines specifically for the state of Delaware. In addition, state agency representatives from a number of departments within the Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources and the Delaware Department of Agriculture reviewed these guidelines in draft final form and their input provided valuable assistance in finalizing the guidance.
In addition to the state’s pesticide regulations, these BMPs not only protect natural resources, they also afford the opportunity for superintendents to be recognized by club members, the community at large, and state officials as environmental stewards.
Superintendents can begin using our state BMPs to enhance your facility operations, as a communication tool for golfers at your facility, and as a learning experience for your staff. The GCSAA has developed an on-line tool that allows superintendents anywhere in Delaware to use the state BMPs and then adapt specifically for your facility. More information on using the GCSAA’s on-line tool is available on their website at www.gcsaa.org.