September 2014

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$100,000  for Turfgrass Research  @ Credit Valley Golf

Imagine a sunny day golfing with good friends following a winding river bed on a unique course and finishing the day with delicious food and beverages on a patio overlooking the valley high above the course. On August 18th, the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation held its annual fundraising golf tournament at Credit Valley’s Golf and Country Club in Mississauga. If you did not attend you missed  a terrific day raising money for turfgrass research.  From the moment participants arrived they were treated to first class service from the spectacular club. Golf course Superintendent Jason Hanna and his staff had the course in stellar condition as players enjoyed the unique river course. The level of service in the clubhouse and from the Pro Shop was equally impressive as a great day of golf turned into a great evening of camaraderie with industry peers.

Of course a day like this would not be possible without the help of our many generous sponsors, not the least of which are our platinum sponsors, Green Horizons, Turf Care and Bayer. The goal of this event, as always, is to raise money for turfgrass research. With the help of generous donations from the Golf Association of Ontario, the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association, and the National Golf Course Owners Association  as well as the support of all those who attended the event, the OTRF raised over $100,000 to invest in turfgrass research.

The OTRF board wishes to thank the excellent staff at Credit Valley, our generous sponsors and, of course, all the participants, this truly was a wonderful day in support of turfgrass research.Check out the tournament pictures on our website

Mark your calendar for next year’s OTRF fundraising golf tournament:
August 24 2015- Thornhill Golf  & Country Club 

OTRF awards $150,000 in research grants

In a recent announcement from the Agricultural Adaptation Council the OTRF was awarded four research grants totaling $150,000 over the next three years. Through the Growing Forward 2 initiative, the AAC approved over $5 Million to support Ontario innovation, competitiveness and market development. With this announcement,  our research project on a new dandelion control has attracted the media attention. The local press and radio stations have interviewed our lead researcher on the project, Dr. Manish Raizada and President, David Smith. With the public’s interest in a weed free lawn, a natural biological control that will eradicate dandelions is drawing attention to the media and in turn helping to promote the goals of our foundation.

For an audio of one of the recent CBC Radio interviews with Dr. Raizada and our President link to: 

OTRF welcomes new Advisor to the Board

The elected Directors who are responsible for the deliberations and decisions of the OTRF often call upon appointed specific industry individuals for counsel, using their area of expertise. The OTRF welcomes our new Advisor to the Board, Dr. Paul Giordano from Bayer Environmental Science. With Paul’s background in plant pathology, he will assist our Research Committee in the selection process of future turfgrass research projects.  He is joined with fellow OTRF Advisors, Pam Charbonneau ( OMAFRA), Steve Carroll ( GAO), David Kuypers ( OGSA), Rob Witherspoon ( GTI) and Dr. Clay Switzer.

Special thanks to our industry golf tournament supporters: 

Green Horizons display 2014 OTRF  Bayer , Greenhorizons Sod Farms, Turf Care
  BASF, John Deere, Zander Sod
 Agrium, Enviro-Sol, Engage Agro, G.C. Duke, Healthy Grow
Jacobsen, Kams Grower Supplies, Ontario Seed
Plant Products, Vanden Bussche 

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The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundationis a volunteer board of professionals of the turfgrass industry dedicated to the future of turf research. Their objectives are to support the scientific research of turf culture for the advancement of the turfgrass industry.