UACES Facebook 31st annual Arkansas Turfgrass Trade Show, Conference Jan. 10-11 in Hot Springs
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Dec. 18, 2018

31st annual Arkansas Turfgrass Trade Show, Conference Jan. 10-11 in Hot Springs

 By the U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Conference offering sports field management 101 for those without formal training
  • Plant board pesticide exam begin given Jan. 11

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. –  Coaches, boosters, facilities managers and anyone else who cares for sports turf and has done so without any formal training can learn from the pros during the Arkansas Turfgrass Trade Show and Conference on Jan. 10-11 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

“We know there are a lot of folks who are learning how to care for their sports fields on the fly,” said Doug Karcher, professor-horticulture for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and education chair for the Arkansas Turfgrass Association. “The 101 course is a chance to learn from the pros and get their questions answered."

Karcher also said there would be tracks specializing in golf course and lawn turf management, which include guest speakers from Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, and the United States Golf Association. 

This year’s conference will also offer an opportunity for turf managers to earn their pesticide recertification and nutrient applicator certification on Jan.10, as well as taking the Arkansas State Plant Board’s pesticide applicator exam on Jan. 11.

“We believe this is a great opportunity to get the best in turfgrass education,” said ATA Executive Director Mary Beth Rogers. “We bring you the industry’s best speakers, most up-to-date and relevant research, tradeshow and recertification all packed into two days.”

Rogers said the trade show would feature the latest tech for the turf, as well as the newest equipment and products for turf managers.  

For more information about horticulture, contact your county extension office or visit

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

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 Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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