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Turfgrass Institute set for early December

University of Georgia

Experts from across the Southeast will share their knowledge Dec. 5-6 during the annual Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.

This year's event includes many educational opportunities featuring some of the turf industry's top speakers. The leading companies will also be on hand at the institute's trade show.

University of Georgia scientists will present workshops on:

* Integrated pest management for ornamentals and turf.

* Weed management in tall fescue and zoysia grass.

* Management and history of sand-based root zones.

* Organic, natural or integrated pest management.

* New products and technologies.

* The nuts and bolts of turfgrass fungicides.

* Basic turfgrass management for Hispanic employees.

* Pesticide storage and handling.

Scientists from Mississippi State University, the University of Arkansas and Emory University will share their expertise, too.

The institute includes a trade show with exhibits from more than 50 turf-related companies and associations, with silent auctions each day. The trade show will also include appearances by the Atlanta Falcon cheerleaders.

The cost to attend both days is $180 ($130 for Georgia Turfgrass Association members). After Nov. 10, it's $230 ($180 for GTA members) for both days.

One-day fees are $140 ($90 GTA), or $190 ($140 GTA) after Nov. 10. The fee for the trade show and luncheon only, for either day, is $20 ($15 GTA) or $25 ($20 GTA) after Nov. 10.

For more on the Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show, or to sign up, call (800) 687-6949. Or e-mail the GTA office at gta@turfgrass.org. A program of the event can also be downloaded at www.turfgrass.org/PDF/Attendee_Registration.pdf.

GTA presents the institute in cooperation with UGA and 11 turf-related associations.

(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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