Golf Course Management

MAR 2018

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

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18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.18 Duty calls Whitney Sjostrom not only serves GCSAA members. She also serves her country. Sjostrom (pronounced "shoe-strum") owns AgPro Technologies, but she has taken ownership in protecting the United States for much longer. A member of the U.S. Army since she was 19, Sjostrom still serves as a captain and intelligence officer in the Army. Her service in the Middle East and Asia, where she served a tour as recently as last fall, has kept Sjostrom on the move. "I'm active in the National Guard, so I could be going back over," says Sjostrom, adding, "I joined because I wanted to serve. The drive was, 'This looks like a lot of fun.' I saw it as an intellectual challenge, such as 'How do you fix this problem?'" AgPro, based in Denver, specializes in soil amendment products to naturally increase microbial activity, Sjostrom says, which in turn aids in nutrient release and water savings, and, most importantly, reduces the amount of chemicals used to grow plants. In short, the company wants its products to feed the world and protect the environment while deliv - ering beautiful, healthy plants. Sjostrom's Army ties helped lead her to this business. "Having worked in food security, I've seen communities going hun - gry. I thought, 'There's got to be a better way to grow things.' As a soci- ety, we've got to figure out this problem," says Sjostrom, who became a GCSAA affiliate member in January. Sjostrom met and later partnered with Don Mischnick, plant man - ager at AgPro Systems in Big Sandy, Texas, to launch AgPro Technol- ogies in 2016. GCSAA Class A superintendent Pete Tescher of Granby Ranch in Granby, Colo., is giving AgPro products a try. He is impressed by what Sjostrom is doing and is glad to help her cause. "She struck me as charismatic, really nice. I want to help her out, help her get a foot in the door. I was looking for organic products to expand my horizons. I like it so Photo by Rebecca Vanderhorst

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