The class of 2011’s Turfgrass management program at the University of Guelph are hosting an educational symposium entitled: “Turf in tough times, doing more with less.” With the economic recession and the ever-looming pesticide ban those in the turf industry are feeling the heat. Through our first year of studies it has become quite clear that in order to excel in the future, our industry has to adapt to the present obstacles we face. Budgets are being slashed, positions are being terminated, and modern intellect is at a premium. The industry needs to be informed about innovative cultural practices and products that can assist those in the industry though these tough times.
This event is being held at the Cutten Club in Guelph, Ontario on November 27, 2009. It is open to anyone in the turfgrass industry with the desire to improve their business or facility. Our class has compiled three guest speakers to educate those in attendance on relevant issues. These speakers include: Dr. Tom Hsiang from the University of Guelph, Ron Schiedel of Green Horizons Sod, and Keith Bartlett of St. Georges Golf and Country Club. The speakers initiative’s are to help all in attendance ease into an adjustment period due to the changing times.
Personally, I feel this is an exciting opportunity for those who attend to connect with golf course superintendents, industry decision makers, university faculty, and future turfgrass leaders. It will be a great way to begin the development of my social network within the industry. For those who are looking for a local internship, this symposium will collect several industry professionals that can further benefit my career as a golf course superintendent.