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Green Start Academy Returns for Assistant Superintendents in 2017
John Deere Golf and Environmental Science announced the application process for the 12th Annual Green Start Academy (GSA) will open on May 22. Fifty assistant superintendents, from the U.S. and Canada, will be selected from the applicant pool and will receive an all-expense paid trip to attend the event. Eligible assistant superintendents looking to advance their careers; hone their business skills in critical areas; and network with prominent professionals in the field, are encouraged to apply. Green Start Academy will take place at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, North Carolina, the John Deere Turf Care factory in nearby Fuquay-Varina and John Deere headquarters in Cary, North Carolina from Oct. 25-27.

Rain Bird Joins Forces with Golf Environment Organization
Rain Bird has partnered with international non-profit, the Golf Environment Organization (GEO). This relationship will build upon the two organizations’ shared interest in creating a stronger, more sustainable future for the entire golf industry. GEO, an international non-profit, supports the global golf industry in its drive toward sustainability.

Dale, PGA Tour Tap Durabunker for Nine Bridges Bunkers Redo
In opting for a first-in-the-region Durabunker installation at The Club at Nine Bridges, architect David Dale and the PGA Tour’s Steve Wenzloff are looking to transform a reconstruction ritual from every other year to every other decade. Dale’s design at The Club at Nine Bridges, which opened in 2001 and is now the highest ranked modern course in Asia, is poised to host South Korea’s first U.S. PGA Tour event. The much-feted Scottish Highland-themed layout will host the inaugural CJ Cup Oct. 19-22. Crews had been in the habit of rebuilding its 15 revetted bunkers every 2-3 years. According to Dale, pre-tournament renovations will reduce the number of stacked-sod bunkers by a third, but he expects the Durabunker method to increase longevity five-fold.

Dr. Frank Wong Named the 2017 TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year
The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) and Project EverGreen announce Frank Wong Ph.D., senior regulatory affairs consultant for Bayer CropScience, as the recipient of the 2017 TOCA Environmental Communicator of the Year Award. Wong received the award, which recognizes individuals in the green industry for outstanding communications efforts regarding environmental issues, during the TOCA Annual Conference in Tampa. He is the 19th recipient of this award. A member of the Bayer family since 2011, Wong has extensive experience in both research and field settings. He is a frequent lecturer to green industry professionals in the United States and around the globe, and is editor-in-chief of Plant Disease Management Reports.

Aquatrols Promotes Matt Foster to President and CEO
Aquatrols has promoted Matt Foster from Chief Operating Officer to President and CEO. Foster holds ultimate responsibility for company performance in product development and manufacturing, marketing, sales, human resources, operations and logistics, financial management and other business functions. His new role follows a transition period during which longtime President Tracy Jarman and Director of Sales Andy Moore have been shifting from operational duties to help guide strategy as Directors on Aquatrols’ Executive Board.

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George Furrer Named CEO of United Turf Alliance
United Turf Alliance announced the appointment of George Furrer as its Chief Executive Officer. United Turf Alliance markets turf protection products under the ArmorTech and Optimizer brand names exclusively through its members and dealer partners. Furrer’s career in the industry spans nearly 30 years and includes management positions at both the distribution and manufacturing levels of the turf and ornamental industry.

Syngenta Offers New Field Insights Blog for Real-time Turf and Ornamental Updates
The new GreenCast® Field Insights blog provides updates on various topics, such as current pest issues and recommended control solutions, across the turf, landscape and ornamental markets. In the new blog, Syngenta experts from across the country are providing timely updates on what they are seeing in the field. Additionally, Karl Danneberger, Ph.D. professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University, will serve as an academic resource for the blog. Danneberger has extensively researched turf grass science for more than 30 years and continues to provide insight on a variety of agronomic topics.

Belchim Crop Protection to acquire Engage Agro USA LLC
Belchim Crop Protection (Londerzeel) has agreed to acquire the American agrochemical company Engage Agro USA, LLC. In December 2016, Belchim already obtained a majority stake of 60 percent in Engage Agro Corporation, based in Guelph, Ontario, which established a direct presence for Belchim in the North American crop protection market. The buyout of Engage Agro USA provides a ready-made platform to expand access to USA markets for Belchim’s innovative agrochemical and bio-based product portfolio.  With the purchase of Engage Agro USA, Belchim Crop Protection will gain a specialty crop protection and nutritional products company. Engage Agro USA works with all key distributors across major row and specialty crops, in addition to turf and ornamental segments.