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 – Dr. Kevin Kenworthy, UF/IFAS and Dr. Ambika Chandra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, a member of the Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) By the late 1960’s, things looked bleak for Texas sod producers.  Lawns and sod fields were being ravaged by what was eventually identified as St. Augustine Decline (SAD), a viral disease first diagnosed...
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 – Dr. Scott Angle, Vice President for Ag & Natural Resources, UF/IFAS I’ve got some good news: we’re getting a weed scientist in  Gainesville.  You’re a big reason for that.I’ve spent the first six months at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences listening to producers. Few industry groups expressed as precise...
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 – Cecilia Brown, Media & Content Manager, Sod Solutions Sod Solutions is excited to announce Mark Kann has accepted the position of Florida Territory Manager. He will begin employment in February, bringing over 25 years of experience in the turfgrass industry to the company and who for the past 14 years has run the turf...
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Gabe Saldana, Communications Manager Texas A&M Agri-Life Research & Extension Center of Dallas The latest turfgrass variety in a recent string of releases by  Texas A&M AgriLife Research breaks new ground among market zoysia grasses, especially in its viability for golf course putting greens. “Zoysias have typically not been considered for widespread use on putting greens,”...
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Dr. Scott Angle, Vice President for Ag & Natural Resources University of Florida/IFAS   Turf science wasn’t my first love. Golf was. When I was growing up, I aspired to be a pro. When I discovered late in high school I probably would not be able to make a living playing golf, I decided the...
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Laura Jacobs Donaldson Manson Bolves Donaldson Varn, PA For many water users in central Florida, running out of groundwater, a less expensive water source, has been a concern for many years.  Arising out of an administrative challenge of a substantial public supply consumptive use permit, in 2006, the South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida...
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The 2020 Fall Clippings newsletter In this issue: Central Florida Water Initiative Moves Ahead: Here’s What to Expect Green Industry Familiar Turf to New IFAS VP Texas A&M Introduces Lazer Zoysia AEST Connects Employers, Certified Workforce EREF: Cape Coral, Miami-Dade Ordinance Update Watch for more: Growing Better 2021 Read the full issue here: Fall 2020...
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Justin Wallace, Executive Marketing Manager Sod Solutions, Inc.   A global pandemic can throw a kink into a well-thought-out marketing strategy.  2020 has been a year of rethinking and reallocating on the marketing front for CitraBlue™ St. Augustine. The University of Florida’s new turfgrass release is a big deal, so the objective for this year...
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Turfgrass Producers of Florida is delighted to announce that our first TPF Member Scholarship has been awarded to Emily Chester of Sebastian.  Emily has been accepted at the University of Central Florida for the fall with plans to pursue a degree in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Emily is the daughter of Thom Chester, a Turf &...
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