Brown to Coordinate Turf Research at UF/IFAS Plant Science Unit
Dr. Scott Angle, Vice President for Ag & Natural Resources, UF/IFAS
We have a new coordinator to take care of Dr. Kevin Kenworthy’s turf breeding plots and Dr. Billy Crow’s work on the biology, behavior and diagnosis of turfgrass nematodes and development of new treatment options for them.
Anthony “Tony” Brown started with us as our turfgrass research coordinator at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Plant Science Research and Education Unit (PSREU) in Citra on April 5. Because I know how important this research is to the success of the Florida turfgrass industry, I immediately approved filling the vacancy during a time of budget uncertainty for us. Incidentally, that vacancy was caused by our previous coordinator leaving for us for a great opportunity with one of you—a TPF supplier member! I’ll take that as an endorsement of our employees’ skill and service.
Tony has a long record in golf course management, from construction to turfgrass establishment to maintenance. He’s certified in best management practices for enhancement of water quality on Florida golf courses. This is crucial at a moment when agriculture’s practices in protecting water quality are under scrutiny. Tony’s involvement with the Villages Turf and Landscape Technology Program as curriculum coordinator and instructor as well as his role as a founding member of the South Carolina Turfgrass Foundation demonstrate a commitment to beyond-the-job-description performance. Kevin and Billy participated in interviews and agreed with PSREU management that Tony was a top candidate.
Our turf team does work in Citra that’s applicable not only to sod farms but to their customers in the municipal, golf and athletics sectors. Tony’s job will be to handle the turf part of PSREU’s overall mission to keep producers profitable and the industry economically viable. Tony will be an excellent research coordinator.
Because of his behind-the-scenes role, you may not hear a lot about Tony, so I wanted to publicly welcome him by acknowledging the importance of his usually unsung role. Instead of hearing about Tony, it’s more likely you’ll be hearing about the good things he makes possible from Kevin, Billy, Jason Kruse, Michael Dukes, Adam Dale, Phil Harmon, Eban Bean and others. UF/IFAS can do so much for you not just because of faculty but because of the staff who support them.
Scott Angle is the University of Florida’s Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and leader of the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).