The Deep South Turf Expo has announced the line up for the event’s inaugural education program. Breakouts from the program include professional development, professional pesticide usage and safety, soil and water management, golf turf, sports turf and lawn and landscape education.
Industry professionals from all over the southeast to speak on their specialties in turfgrass management. Among the academics and researchers who will be presenting are Drs. Beth Guertal, Dave Han, Lawrence Graham and Scott McElroy, (Auburn); Drs. Stephen Enloe and Bryan Unruh, (University of Florida); Dr. Ron Strahan, (LSU); Drs. Christian Baldwin, Jay McCurdy, Barry Stewart and Maria Tomaso-Peterson, (Mississippi State) and Dr. Mike Goatley (Virginia Tech).
In addition, industry professionals will speak on aspects of professional development in all arenas of turf management, including Bill Brown, Turf Republic; Ken Magnum, CGCS, retired from Atlanta Athletic Club; and Ray Sayre of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. For a complete listing of the speaker line-up go to DeepSouthTurfExpo.org.
According to Dr. Jay McCurdy, "The Deep South Turf Expo is a great opportunity for the region’s professional turfgrass managers to broaden their knowledge base, right in their own backyard. The educational topics featured are relevant to southern turfgrass management, and the speaker list is phenomenal. The expo will be unprecedented, with vendors and sponsors from around the nation."
Dr. Bryan Unruh, University of Florida agrees. "There is strength in numbers! Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana: Four states – one Turf Conference. An excellent opportunity to meet with your colleagues to learn the latest in turf management, participate in a large equipment expo, and enjoy comradery with each other."
The Deep South Turf Expo is a collaboration of the Alabama Turfgrass Association, the Alabama Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Gulf Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Louisiana-Mississippi Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Mississippi Turfgrass Association.
The inaugural event is scheduled for Oct. 13-15 in Biloxi, Miss.