Athletic Turf News
FEBRUARY 19, 2021
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Rain Bird CEO dies
Anthony W. “Tony” LaFetra, 80, president and CEO of Rain Bird Corp., died on Jan. 29. LaFetra built the irrigation company in Glendora, Calif., into an international market leader. LaFetra worked hard to promote the company’s guiding principle, “the intelligent use of water” around the globe. Read more about his contributions to the industry.
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PBI-Gordon launches new training platform
PBI-Gordon introduced a new product training platform. Once professional grounds managers register to the site, users gain access to an ever-expanding library of knowledge modules that are specifically designed to simplify the product training process. Find out more.
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Advanced Turf Solutions launches virtual education
Advanced Turf Solutions is now offering free online courses and live virtual seminars to support continuing education for turfgrass managers. Users can access dozens of self-paced online courses taught by industry experts. Learn how to sign up.
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Target Specialty Products to host mosquito and tick product webinar
On Feb. 25 at 1:30 p.m. EST, Target Specialty Products and partners will present a webinar on “Maximizing Revenue with Mosquito and Tick Products.” In the webinar, manufacturers will discuss the latest advancements, updates and more on their mosquito and tick products. Learn how to register.
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Spiio secures $1.6M in funding
Spiio has raised a $1.6 million fundraising round from internal investors: byFounders, inQvation, Danish Growth Fund and a range of angel investors. Read on to find out where the funds will be allocated.
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Stephen Lord joins Advanced Turf Solutions
In other Advanced Turf Solutions news, the company hired Stephen Lord, former head groundskeeper for the Cincinnati Reds, as a sales representative. Lord will serve the sports field and lawn and landscape markets in southeastern Michigan.
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SePro brings on 2 new hires
Todd Stassel has joined SePro’s central region as an ornamental technical specialist, and Jack Edwards has rejoined the SePro team as an ornamental technical specialist.
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Signature Xtra Stressgard fungicide available in California and Hawaii
Bayer’s Signature Xtra Stressgard fungicide is now registered and available for use on turf in California and Hawaii. The systemic fungicide enhances plant health, suppresses bacterial wilt and controls Pythium, anthracnose and summer decline pathogens.
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Wiedenmann products now available at John Deere dealerships
John Deere’s golf and sports dealer network will sell and support the Wiedenmann Corp. line of aeration solutions. Through the agreement, John Deere customers can purchase Wiedenmann products at their John Deere dealer, providing easy access to a full range of turf maintenance products.
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