Golf Course Management

JUL 2013

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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INDUSTRYnews Happenings and people you should know about tions. The site also features a list of all OSA members with links to their company websites, as well as information about other industry partners. The OSA comprises 90 companies from throughout Oregon. Go to www. for more information. Bobcat Co. broke ground on a $20 million expansion and renovation project to create the Acceleration Center in Bismarck, N.D. Bobcat says the center will be a modern complex for advancing innovation. The project includes expansion of an existing building as well as development of a new test track and indoor testing facility, all at the Northern Plains Commerce Center in Bismarck. The expansion of the existing building will include a two-story offce building and provide a total of 160,000 square feet of modern workspace. Additionally, a 35,000-square-foot indoor testing arena is being constructed next to a 22-acre outdoor testing and track area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2014. Syngenta and DuPont agreed on a technology exchange to launch new fungicide solutions. The agreement is expected to broaden each company's crop protection product portfolio and enable both to bring new products to market more effciently. Syngenta obtained a global license from DuPont to develop products containing DuPont's fungicide oxathiapiprolin. The companies say the development of this new piperidinyl thiazole isoxazoline class of fungicides represents a signifcant improvement for growers in the control of diseases in potatoes, grapes, vegetables and other specialty crops. Under the agreements, Syngenta receives exclusive rights for foliar and soil uses on all crops in North America and for lawn and garden uses globally. Syngenta also secures rights on certain crops for seed treatment globally and for the development of foliar and soil uses on certain crops outside of North America. The agreement gives DuPont exclusive access to Syngenta's Solatenol for mixture with DuPont's picoxystrobin fungicide on soybean and other crops in Brazil. July is Smart Irrigation Month, and the Irrigation Association (IA) has its Smart Marketing Contest under way. The contest is free to IA members and is 94 GCM July 2013 open to non-members for a nominal fee. Participants are invited to submit their marketing materials by Aug. 30. The contest will recognize winners in a variety of categories and irrigation disciplines, ranging from agriculture to turf and landscape and from businesses small to large. The entries are weighed by a neutral panel of judges, based on messaging, quality, creativity and integration of the Smart Irrigation month mission. Visit for more details. The Oregon Seed Association (OSA) unveiled its enhanced website. Some of the new features include turf resources and articles, an industry events calendar, member spotlight articles and information regarding OSA meetings and conven- In an effort to increase the amount of power equipment technicians for the outdoor power equipment industry, the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) accredited El Campo High School in El Campo, Texas. It brings the number of accredited outdoor power equipment training programs in North America to 73. "The EETC accreditation program helps improve the quality and consistency of training offered," says Erik Sides, EETC executive director. "Through the use of industrydeveloped standards and certifcation tests, the graduating student will truly be prepared to enter the outdoor power equipment industry with the skills and values desired by employers." Florida Gateway College (FGC) in Lake City, Fla., announced it is returning to a two-year format for its associate of science degree in golf course operations. Recently, it had been a three-year program, but the college used the two-year format when the program began in 1967. Now a student can take general education classes at an accredited college near them, take online department courses from FGC and complete one year of the program while working. A student would then need to be on the FGC campus for only two semesters (one academic year) to complete the golf course operations degree program. The associate's degree in landscape technology is also a two-year program and could be completed in one year on campus by taking local and online classes. Spectrum Technologies Inc. was honored with the AE50 Gold Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). The AE50 awards recognize

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