MTGF Donated $106,250 Towards
Turf & Grounds Research in 2019;
Totaling $1,650,516 Since 2001

For 2019, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation proudly donated $106,250 towards Minnesota Turf and Grounds research. Since 2001, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation has donated $1,650,516 towards turf and grounds research.

In March of 2019, the MTGF Board of Directors approved four funding requests at its March Board Meeting. The funding requests approved were:

The MTGF Board approved a donation of $65,000 towards TROE Center Operations.
The Board feels the continued research and operations at TROE Center is a major benefit for Minnesota turf professionals.

The MTGF Board approved funding of $34,475 towards Teaching, Research, and Outreach Programs at the Urban Forestry, Outreach, Research & Extension (UFore) Nursery and Lab. A breakdown of the funding will go towards: 
Youth Engagement ($7,250); Conservation ($9,750); UM Elm Selection ($8,250); UM ESP Research ($5,500) and Pruning ($5,500).

For a 2nd year, the MTGF Board approved a $5,000 for Dr. Kristina Walker and students at the University of Minnesota/Crookston to continue pursuing its project of: Pre-Game Agronomic Field Safety Assessment for Sports Field: Future Implications of Risk Management.

Each January, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation (MTGF) co-hosts the
Northern Green with the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape Association (MNLA) held
annually in January at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In 2020, the event will
take place Tuesday-Thursday, Jan. 14-16.

For more information or to register, go to:

The MTGF partners with MNLA and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to annually host a Pesticide Re-Certification session in late November for Categories A & E. This is the last session available each year to re-certify. This year's session took place on November 22 at the Maplewood Community Center.

MTGF CLIPPINGS is the official publication of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation. The MTGF is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1993. It is a partnership of seven turf and grounds related associations and the University of Minnesota. MTGF CLIPPINGS is mailed to every member of each of these organizations. With a collective readership of over 3,000 individuals, it is the premier publication serving turf and grounds professions in Minnesota.

Any association engaged in the development, care and maintenance of public or private grounds is eligible to become an allied association member of the Foundation subject to approval of the MTGF Board of Directors. Individuals or businesses may become regular Foundation members by joining one or more of the member allied associations best suited to their needs and interests. There are no membership fees associated with either allied association membership or regular membership. However, if an individual or business subscribes to the mission and purpose of the Foundation but is not a member of an allied association, they are eligible for affiliate membership. Affiliate membership is subject to Board approval and does carry an annual membership fee as established by the Board of Directors. Those interested should contact the MTGF Business Office at 763-703-4983 or email [email protected] for more information.

• Supporting professionalism within the turf and grounds industry by encouraging continued growth of each allied association.
• Encouraging the exchange of knowledge among members of the turf and grounds industry through educational conferences, workshops, seminars, trade shows and field days.
• Supporting relevant turf and grounds research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere.
• Being pro-active in environmental, regulatory and public policy matters as they affect the turf and grounds industry.

About the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, a non-profit organization, is a partnership of seven turf-
and grounds-related associations and the University of Minnesota.

The 7 MTGF allied associations are:
+ Minnesota Association of Cemeteries
    + Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals
    + Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents' Association
    + Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
    + Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
    + Minnesota Sod Producers
    + Minnesota Turf Seed Council