PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION
MPSTMA FALL WORKSHOP SET FOR
AT THE CITY OF EAGAN COMMUNITY CENTER
Registration is now open for the MPSTMA Fall Workshop at the City of
Eagan Community Center set for Wed., Nov. 14. MPSTMA Fall Workshop
Chairs Ben Boeding, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company, and Paul
Miskimen, City of Burnsville, have put together a program of
interest to Parks and Sports Turf managers with quality speakers.
The City of Eagan Community Center is located at
1501 Central Parkway,
Eagan, MN 55121.
Speaker Sam Richter, (pictured at left) a nationally-recognized
speaker who is considered as a modern day Dale Carnegie and one of
the world's foremost Sales Intelligence and Social Selling experts.
Richter, also a Hall of Fame Speaker and best-selling author will
take something you already know, that Knowledge Is Power, and turns
it into reality. It's the "HOW you do it" - using the Web resources
you use every day but in ways you never thought possible combined
with the secrets of the 'hidden web' - that will truly amaze you
(and probably scare you). Reviews of Sam can be found at:
Nick Christians, a Iowa State University
professor of Turfgrass Management also will be speaking at the Fall
Workshop on Aerification and Topdressing.
UFore Nursery & Lab, Department of
Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, will give a morning talk
on tree planting and pruning recommendations for the first 15 years.
Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, University of St. Thomas, will give a
talk focusing on the maintenance of synthetic turf.
6:00 - 7:00 am - Vendor Setup
7:00 - 8:00 am - Registration & Network / Vendor Time
8:10 am - Introductions & Announcements in Room #1 & Room #2
Room 1 - Part I: Aerification
& Topdressing by Nick
Christians, Iowa State Professor of Turfgrass Management
Room 2 - Success Stories Start at Planting: Pruning Trees for the
First 15 Years
by Chad Giblin,
Research Fellow, UFore Nursery & Lab
Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
9:30 am - Vendor Introductions and Vendor / Network Time
10:30 am - Room 1 - Part II: Aerification & Topdressing by Nick
Room 2 - Synthetic Turf
Maintenance by Roger
Weinbrenner CSFM, University of St. Thomas
11:30 - Lunch
1:00 pm - Keynote Speaker: Sam
2:15 pm - Wrap up, then Network Time at a Local Establishment
To register on-line, go to:
Fall Workshop Sponsors
Cushman Motor Co.
Minnesota Sodding Company
MTI Distributing Inc.
SiteOne Landscaping Supply
The Tessman Company
Rockhard Landscape Supply
St. Croix Recreation and Fun Playground
Super Tech Products
Twin City Seed Company
Musco Sports Lighting
Breakfast & Lunch Sponsors
St. Croix Recreation and Fun Playgrounds
MPSTMA FALL WORKSHOP
City of Eagan Community Center
January 15-17, 2019
Minneapolis Convention Center
January 17, 2019
MPSTMA ANNUAL MEETING - 10:45 am
Minneapolis Convention Center
Leads MPSTMA Volunteers at 2018 CSP in Northfield
McDonald, a certified Sports Field Manager at TCF Bank Stadium
annually has led a group of volunteers to renovate a sports field in
Minnesota as a Community Service Project for the past decade. This
year's CSP took place at Sechler Park in Northfield on Sept. 26.
Whittrock, another sports turf manager from TCF Bank Stadium and
current MPSTMA vice-president Josh Gerth, Bethel University, led a
small group and rebuilt the mound. CSFM's Ben Boeding, Roger
Weinbrenner and Steve Berg handled the homeplate area and baselines.
2018 MPSTMA Volunteers:
Mike McDonald CSFM - TCF Bank Stadium
Ben Boeding CSFM - Minnesota Sodding Co.
Roger Weinbrenner CSFM - University of St. Thomas
Steve Berg CSFM - Berg Enterprises
Josh Gerth CSFM - Bethel University
Chase Straw - University of Minnesota
Luke Whittrock - TCF Bank Stadium
Joe Churchill - Reinders Inc.
Al Hentges - Kromer Co.
Doug Erickson - SEMA
Guy Rutter - SEMA
Larry Gorman - MTI Distributing Inc.
Tracy Closson - Northfield Schools
Jay Stadler - Carleton College
Turtinen - MPSTMA and MTGF
Thanks to the
following companies who provided equipment and products:
SEMA, Turface, The Toro Company, MTI Distributing Inc., Reinders,
Inc., The Tessman Company, and Kromer Co.
2019 STMA Conference
Traditionally, the CSFM (Certified Sports Field Manager) exam has been offered twice during each
conference in a written format.
The Certification Committee is piloting the new CSFM-on-line version
at the Conference in Phoenix, which is Jan. 22-25, 2019. Those who
qualify to take the test can sign up for a spot nearly any time
during the conference that fits into their schedule. The exam will
be given electronically on a computer. This will allow for
streamlined grading, immediate feedback and less rigidity with the
If this works well during the conference, it will be expanded to
accommodate those who wish to take it at a location in their
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Horticultural Science
University of Minnesota
I am originally from Frankfort, Kentucky. I earned my B.S. from the
University of Kentucky in Plant and Soil Sciences (Turfgrass
Science) in 2010. During my undergrad I worked four years with UK
Sports Turf managing all varsity sports fields on campus.
I also interned at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox (2008 and
2009) and at Paul Brown Stadium with the Cincinnati Bengals (2010).
I earned my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Crop
and Soil Sciences (Turfgrass Science) in 2014 and 2017,
respectively. My research focuses on developing strategies to reduce
management inputs and improve athlete experience by utilizing new
At Georgia, I used field performance testing and mapping
technologies to better understand how changes within and between
natural turfgrass sports fields influenced athletes perceptions and
At the University of Minnesota, I am currently leading a
collaborative project to encourage the adoption of precision
irrigation technology and management on golf courses, as well as
several other related studies.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or future
sports field research ideas/needs
FIELD OF THE YEAR
APPLICATION AND ENTER!
More information and to apply, go to:
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15, 2018
Apply Now for a MPCA Grant to Buy Battery-powered Landscaping
Tired of smelling like gas after using your landscaping equipment?
That smell is from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other air
pollutants, that come from gas-powered landscaping equipment. These
emissions impact employee health and the air quality in the
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equipment has many benefits including:
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Lighter -- Easy to use, haul up, and carry across distances and
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Saves money -- No more buying gas. Save lost productivity from
less maintenance and time spent in the shop as well down time from
Safer for employees -- Reduces respiratory health impacts, lessens
hearing loss, eases cord and lifting-related injuries, and reduces
cuts and burns
Battery life - Often a short charge time and battery lasts for
Up to $300,000 in grant funding available to switch from your old,
2-cycle gasoline to electric-powered landscaping equipment.
The maximum grant amount is $24,000. There is 50% matching funds for
scrapping your equipment to be replaced, and a 70% match to keep
your current equipment. Example equipment: pole saws, string or
hedge trimmers, leaf and backpack blowers, mowers, and chain saws.
Eligible applicants include all Minnesota-based businesses under 500
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Apply now! Deadline:
December 5, 2018.
Projects of all sizes encouraged to apply! Find grant materials on
the MPCA grants to improve air webpage. For general questions,
or 651-757-2875. Over $15,000 has
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landscaping equipment. These purchases reduced VOCs by 11.3 tons,
NOx by .04 tons, and PM by .33 tons per year. The estimated
20,000,000 small engines sold each year in the U.S. are the largest
single contributor to non-road emissions. The average gasoline push
mower creates 14.76 pounds of air pollution an hour the same
amount of pollution as driving your car for 200 miles. Landscaping
equipment emissions are not regulated and a large contributor to bad
air quality, which is why the MPCA is relying on voluntary efforts
to reduce these emissions in populated areas.
"The City of St. Louis Park was awarded this grant this past Spring
and purchased 21,000.00 dollars of electric Stihl power tools." -
The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf
is an Affiliate
Chapter of the
Sports Turf Managers
must pay dues to be a member
The Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers
is an Allied Association of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds
Foundation. All members of MPSTMA are members of MTGF.