Growing Better 2024

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Growing Better 2024

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Growing Better is an industry-wide networking and learning event for sod growers, installers, and those who support the industry with products and services.  You won’t want to miss it!

Thursday, April 18 – All events at TopGolf, Tampa-Brandon

Annual Meeting Lunch
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Kick off your Growing Better experience at our Annual Meeting Lunch for a recap of the association’s work and information on key industry issues. ($75 per person)

Sponsored by Pursell Fertilizer

Guest Speaker

Dr. Bryan Unruh

UF/IFAS

Landscapes are Changing:

Are Producers Prepared?

 

From “No Mow May” to no-irrigation neighborhoods, Florida’s landscapes are being reshaped by development, regulation, and evolving consumer preference. Unruh will highlight current trends facing the industry, including the strengths and drawbacks of proposed alternatives.

 

Developing Optimal Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations for Sod Producers in Florida

 

New fertilizer reporting requirements have highlighted the critical need to revisit the UF/IFAS fertilization recommendations for sod production developed in 2008. With a new project finally underway, Dr. Unruh will share more about the scope, structure and expectations for this critical research.

 

 

TopGolf FUNdraiser
2:00 – 5:00 PM

Spend a great afternoon with buddies, customers, or key employees at our TopGolf FUNdraiser! Enjoyable for all skill levels from fiercely competitive to completely clueless. ($85 per player)

Sponsored by Everlizer

 

 

Reception & Dinner
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

 

Round out your day with our casual reception & dinner, a great opportunity to visit with friends and colleagues – and we’re always cookin’ up something fun.($125 per person)

Sponsored by TriYield LLC

 

 

Friday, April 19

On-Farm Field Day at Bayside Sod, Duette, Florida
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

($50 per person)
Lunch Courtesy of Everglades Equipment Group

For over 20 years, our on-farm Field Day has brought together owners, production managers, installers, and suppliers for networking, a vendor marketplace, equipment displays and demos, and plenty of time to discover what can help your business Grow Better!

About our Field Day Host: Bayside Sod has been producing quality sod in southwest Florida since 1987 and is a TPF Heritage Member, one of the original association founding members from 1989. Owner Jack Bispham developed the business in 1987, turning it over to his daughter TIffany Bailey when he retired in 2019. Bailey has expanded the operation to four farm locations and an organic vegetable operation, Honeyside Farms, which delivers local, seasonal produce to area restaurants and through subscription boxes to the community.

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Registration Deadlines

* Sponsorships: Friday, April 5, 2024
* Exhibit Space: Friday, April 12, 2024
* Regular Registration: Friday, April 12, 2024

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Exhibitor Registration

Tabletop and Equipment exhibit space is available for Friday's on-farm Field Day. Tabletops are under the main pavilion; equipment space for display or demo is set adjacent to the main tent whenever possible. Call or email for more information, and bring your products and services right to your potential customers.

Tabletop Exhibit Space: $450 (includes admission for one representative for FRIDAY ONLY)
Equipment Space: $550 (includes admission for two company reps)

Regular Registration, Including Non-Exhibiting Sponsors

University student, faculty and extension - use the Regular Registration form. Thanks!

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Regular Registration and Non-Exhibiting Sponsors

Host Hotel:
Embassy Suites
Tampa-Brandon

10220 Palm River Rd
Tampa, FL 33619
$189 plus taxes/fees

Includes complimentary hot breakfast buffet and complimentary parking.

Room Block pricing deadline: March 27, 2024

How to Reserve

Online:

https://book.passkey.com/e/50704909

By Phone:

Call 813-413-3907 and ask for the group name. Cancellation: 48 hours prior to arrival.