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The Value Of Education December 1, 2017 By Elliott Dowling, agronomist, Northeast Region

Taking part in seminars is a good way to stay up-to-date with the latest research and technological advancements.

As winter draws near, many will say goodbye to another busy golf season and embrace the upcoming conference season. With so much time spent outdoors managing a golf course it is easy to forget that a significant amount of foundational knowledge is learned indoors at schools, conferences or seminars.

Educational sessions provide opportunities to connect with peers from around the region–and perhaps around the country–and share ideas, thoughts and lessons learned from the past year. The golf industry is dynamic and continually changing. New methods and materials are being developed to help superintendents perform tasks more effectively and with greater efficiency. Sustainability and environmentally friendly maintenance are two topics that are sure to be discussed at a local or national conference.

Staying on top of new technology is one of the best ways to ensure that the value of your maintenance dollars is maximized. Conferences are well worth the registration fees because the knowledge gained from industry leaders can help you save money and produce a better product.

Winter conferences also provide opportunities to earn state pesticide credits needed to maintain applicator licenses. Lastly, attending winter conferences is a good way to reconnect with industry friends that you might have lost contact with during a busy season. Conferences are packed with education, but they are also a good way to unwind and share a few stories.


Keep the following dates in mind as you plan your winter conference schedule:

December 4-5, 2017 – Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association Conference; Charlottesville, Virginia

December 5, 2017 – New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association Annual Turf Education Conference; Concord, New Hampshire

December 5-7, 2017 – New Jersey Turfgrass Association Green Expo; Atlantic City, NJ

January 10, 2018 – Eastern Pennsylvania Turf Conference; East Earl, Pennsylvania

January 25, 2018 – Northeast Pennsylvania Turf Conference; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

January 29 – February 1, 2018 – Mid-Atlantic Turfgrass Expo (MATE); Fredericksburg, Virginia


Northeast Region Agronomists:

David A. Oatis, regional director –

Adam Moeller, director, Green Section Education –

James E. Skorulski, agronomist –

Elliott Dowling, agronomist –

Addison Barden, agronomist –

Paul Jacobs, agronomist –

Information on the USGA’s Course Consulting Service 

Contact the Green Section Staff

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