ETS Holds First Field Days

More than 100 people attended the first European Turfgrass Society Field Days in Valencia, Spain. Speakers included S. Baker, Sports Turf Research Institute; Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University; and turf breeders Christophe Galbrun and Koos de Bruijn. The next ETS meeting will be an International Conference on Turfgrass, scheduled for April 11-13, 2010, in Angers, France.

Gordon Hobbs, left, and Bob Dolibois, ANLA executive vice president.

News from ANLA

The 2009 American Nursery & Landscape Association Legislative Conference resulted in higher levels of attendance and a new record for congressional office visits by green industry professionals. The event focused on health care, immigration reform, water use regulations, small business issues and market-building opportunities.

The ANLA Senate elected new leaders to the board of directors and division boards. Bob Lyons, Sunleaf Nursery, Madison, Ohio, was named president-elect of the board of directors and will be joined by new members Joseph Schulte and Tom Demaline. The following members were elected to ANLA’s division boards: Philip Statile, Eric Joy, Christian Dulina, Tracy Sides, Larry Becker, Jon Bartch and Mark Sellew.

Tom Courtright has assumed the presidency of ANLA. He is president of Orchard Nursery & Florist, Lafayette, Calif.

Gordon Hobbs, former president and owner of C.M. Hobbs & Sons, was inducted into the ANLA Hall of Fame. Hobbs has served as president of ANLA and its grower division. He has also served as president of the Indianapolis Landscape Association and the Indiana Association of Nurserymen and as secretary-treasurer of the American Nursery Credit Association. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and a master’s in plant pathology at Purdue University.

CLCA Holds Summer Meeting

The California Landscape Contractors Association held its summer gathering at Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe. The event included softball games, a golf tournament, barbeque, river float, think-tank breakfast and keynote address by Brad Hams of Ownership Thinking. Seminars included “Promoting Sustainability,” “Business Tips to Survive the Recession” and “Bonding and Prevailing Wages.”

IAEF Hosts 2009 Faculty Academy

The Irrigation Association Education Foundation held its Faculty Academy for college and university instructors in Omaha, Neb. The two-day session provided in-class and in-field instruction in irrigation concepts and best practices, while providing a forum for networking. Topics included types of agricultural sprinklers, calculating precipitation rates, an overview of drip/micro for landscapes, use of two-wire systems and an in-depth discussion about sprinkler uniformity and efficiency.

ASLA Names 33 Members to Council of Fellows

The American Society of Landscape Architects selected 33 members for induction into its Council of Fellows. The fellows-elect include Glenn A. Acomb, Stuart D. Appel, Karen A. Beck, Dennis E. Bryers, Robert F. Bullard, Kevin B. Cavaioli, Eugene B. Eyerly, Kristina J. Floor, George W. Girvin, Paul H. Gobster, Theresa Guen-Murray, Thomas G. Hawkey, Edmund D. Hollander, Daniel S. Iacofano, Shawn T. Kelly, Niall G. Kirkwood, Paul D. Kissinger, Thomas W. Liptan, William A. Mann, Scott Mehaffey, Rick A. Parisi, James M. Patchett, Rodney D. Robinson, Thomas R. Ryan, Robert Sabbatini, James Peter Shadley, Gary Sorge, Richard K. Sutton, Cleveland Turner III, Susan Van Atta, H. Keith Wagner, Todd Wichman and Christian Zimmerman.

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Turfgrass Producers International
Georgia Green Industry Association
Golf Course Mechanics Association
Illinois Turfgrass Foundation
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Midwest Equipment Dealers Association
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Missouri Valley Turfgrass Association
National Golf Foundation
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New York State Turfgrass Association
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Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council
Texas Irrigation Association
Texas Turfgrass Association
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