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SiteOne Hires Gertz to Lead Agronomics Product Business
SiteOne Landscape Supply has hired John Gertz as Vice President of Category Management for the agronomics category. Gertz’s main responsibility will be to lead SiteOne’s agronomics product business and manage supplier partnerships in this space. Gertz has been working in the green industry since 1995, starting in sales and marketing roles with both basic discovery and post-patent chemical manufacturers including Dow AgroSciences, SePRO and Sipcam Agro USA, Inc. In 2007, he transitioned to the distribution side of the business, working as Director of Micronutrients / Turf and Ornamental for WinField / Land O’ Lakes. Prior to joining SiteOne, Gertz served as the CEO of PrimeraTurf Inc.

EPA Approves New Tekken Fungicide
PBI-Gordon Corporation announces that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Federal registration for Tekken™ Broad Spectrum Fungicide. It will be available for sale in early 2018. Approved for use on golf courses only, Tekken is formulated to control Dollar Spot, Anthracnose, Brown Patch, and 18 more of the most problematic diseases for cool- and warm-season turf. Tekken’s dual mode of action—through its proprietary blend of active ingredients isofetamid and tebuconazole—provides preventative, systemic control for up to 28 days per application. Appropriate for use on greens, tees and fairways, it also features one convenient rate for all diseases.

Compass Minerals Announces Launch of ProAcqua Portfolio In North America
Compass Minerals’ plant nutrition division announced the North American launch of its water-soluble product portfolio, ProAcqua™ nutrients. The ProAcqua portfolio is the first line to launch in North America as a result of the company’s 2016 acquisition of Brazil-based Produquímica. ProAcqua products are made with high-quality ingredients and proven agronomic blends that complement the way growers manage their nutritional programs. ProAcqua nutrients provide a constant source of nutrients via fertigation and seasonal foliar applications. Its ability to dissolve, degree of compatibility with most herbicides and crop protectants, performance and value are what sets this product line apart.

Wiedenmann Promotes Jeff Stafne To Sales Manager
Wiedenmann North America has promoted Jeremy Stafne to sales manager and he will be responsible for sales in central and eastern North America.

2018 GCSAA Golf Championships Assistant Superintendent Nomination
The Toro Company continues the sponsorship of the Assistant Superintendent VIP Participant Awardoffering 20 assistant superintendents the opportunity to stay and play in the 2018 GCSAA Golf Championships in San Antonio, TX. Winners of this award will receive complimentary entry into the 2018 GCSAA Championship events, meals, and accommodations during the event. Consideration for this award is available only to current assistant superintendents by nomination from their golf course Superintendent. Superintendents may not nominate Assistants from other courses. The nomination process is initiated when the Superintendent completes and submits the nomination form via the link below. It is up to the Superintendent’s discretion whether to inform their Assistant of the nomination at the time of submission, or to wait until the winners have been announced. The deadline for submitting nominations has been extended to November 17. Winners will be notified by December 8, 2017.