Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) will host its 2015 International Education Conference & Field Day in San Diego, Feb.16–19.
The Omni La Costa Resort & Spa will serve as the host hotel to welcome turfgrass producers from across North America as well as Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Also in attendance will be leading manufacturers and suppliers of turfgrass-related equipment, products, supplies and services.
Two days of educational sessions will include seminars, interactive panel discussions and numerous presentations by renowned research scientists, turfgrass producers and industry experts. Some of the presentations are titled the following: comparing natural grass and artificial turf for use on athletic fields; 2015 outlook for the turfgrass industry; tips on closing the sale; hiring, training and managing seasonal workers; innovative products and services; weed management in sod production; current research update on turfgrass carbon sequestration and more.
TPI’s field day will take place on Wed., Feb. 18 at A-G Sod Farm in nearby Nuevo, Calif., hosted by John, Betty and Joel Addink. The field day will include equipment demonstrations and static exhibits.
A-G Sod Farms was established more than four decades ago, and its Nuevo location represents but one of five turfgrass farms under the A-G Sod banner.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to view exhibits featuring the latest in new equipment and parts, chemicals, seeds and support services from the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers.
Also on the schedule are numerous social functions: the annual business meeting, networking opportunities, working group and committee meetings along with optional activities such as a San Diego City Tour and a variety of entertaining fundraising activities to help support on going turfgrass research and education through The Lawn Institute, including a memorial golf tournament, competitive tricycle race and networking scavenger hunt.