The Andersons Inc – OTRF’s newest Platinum Partner
The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation is pleased to announce that The Andersons, Inc. have signed on as Platinum Partners for 2012. Through support of our partners such as The Andersons the OTRF will be able to continue funding leading-edge turfgrass research in Canada. Founded in 1947, The
Andersons, Inc. has established itself as a respected leader and prominent regional player in grain merchandising and plant nutrient formulation/distribution in the Eastern Corn Belt. This strong position in its basic business has allowed the company to diversify into other agribusiness operations (grain, plant nutrient, ethanol), railcar marketing, turf products production, and general merchandise retailing.The Andersons, Inc. has five business groups: Grain & Ethanol, Plant Nutrient, Rail, Retail, and Turf & Specialty. The Turf & Specialty Group produces granular fertilizer products for the professional lawn care and golf course markets. It also sells consumer fertilizer and control products for “do-it-yourself” application, to mass merchandisers, small independent retailers and other lawn fertilizer manufacturers and performs contract manufacturing of fertilizer and control products. The group is one of a limited number of processors of corncob-based products in the United States. These products serve the chemical and feed ingredient carrier, animal litter and industrial markets, and are distributed throughout the United States and Canada and into Europe and Asia.
Fundraising Golf Registration starts May 1 2012
Join the OTRF for our annual fundraising golf tournament. This year’s unique event is at Magna Golf Club in Aurora on Tuesday August 14, 2012. To add your name to the player list, contact the OTRF office or register on line (www.otrf.ca) starting May 1st. Sponsorship packgages are out and they are still some openings. See our website for details or contact the office.
SPOTLIGHT ON RESEARCH- Our plans for 2012 and beyond research funding
Upon recommendation of the OTRF Research Committee, the OTRF Board of Directors has approved six turfgrass research projects to fund in 2012 for a total of $111,000. Across section of turfgrass research projects will be of value to the golf industry as well as of interest to sod farming, lawn care and sports field managers. These six projects will be lead by turfgrass researchers at McGill University, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, University of Guelph and Olds College with interim and final results available later through our website. Once every five years, the OTRF hosts a turfgrass research priority setting workshop
to determine current turfgrass research targets. This document is used as a guide annually in our selection of relevant research projects to fund. This past January, we hosted a workshop involving thirty individuals representing various turfgrass sectors, industries, associations and researchers. The industry expert panel arrived prepared with research ideas relevant to their sector and then were later joined by active turfgrass researchers to discuss the practicality of these new initiatives. The resulting OTRF Turfgrass Research Priorities 2007-2012 document captures ranked targets that are of value to the turfgrass industry today. If you would like more information regarding our current research funding or to discuss the new turfgrass research priorities, please contact the OTRF office.