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By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of AgricultureJan. 3, 2017
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The Arkansas Turfgrass Association Conference and Trade Show is
scheduled to take place Jan. 12-13 at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The deadline
for pre-registration is Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Douglas Karcher, professor of Horticulture for the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, said this year’s convention will feature top-notch speakers and turfgrass
experts from around the country.
Speakers include John Boyd, visiting assistant professor of crop, soil and environmental
science for the Division of Agriculture, Alan Windham, professor of ornamental and
turf plant pathology with the University of Tennessee, and William Crow, landscape
nematologist with the University of Florida, Steve Kammerer, southeast regional director
of the U.S. Golf Association, and Adam Thoms, assistant professor of horticulture
with Iowa State University.
“Our biggest, overarching theme this year is just an approach to dealing with pests
and other challenges in turfgrass with really strong education,” Karcher said. “We’re
bringing in industry leaders, experts on turfgrass diseases, nematodes and weed identification
The conference will offer four primary sessions over the course of two days: a pesticide
recertification session, a parks and sports turf session and golf and lawn care sessions.
Additionally, attendees may purchase tickets to attend a bonus workshop in one of
three topics the afternoon of Jan. 12:
“Regardless of what facet of the turfgrasss industry each attendees are involved in,
there should be something for them,” Karcher said.
The cost to pre-register online is $80, and must be completed by Jan. 4. On-site registration
is $100. To pre-register, visit https://arkansasturf.net/. Additional questions can be answered by calling (501) 860-0187, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com