Calling all GCSAA Class A and superintendent members: The application process is now open for the inaugural Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy.
Environmental Science, a division of Bayer CropScience LP, announced today it is accepting applications through June 5 for the academy, which is the first of four Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow educational opportunities available to superintendents since Bayer launched the program in collaboration with GCSAA's Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG) earlier this year.
The academy's two-part plant health curriculum will involve in-the-field training Sept. 25-27, 2013, at the Bayer Training and Development Center in Clayton, N.C.; classroom training is scheduled March 3-5, 2014, at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan. Attendees will receive instruction on a wide range of topics related to plant health, including how to measure plant health and its benefits, available treatments and preventive products, and issues such as nutrient, water and pest management.
Twelve GCSAA members will be chosen based on merit to participate in the academy. Travel, accommodations and meals will be paid for by the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow program.
Those who are interested can apply by going to www.backedbybayer.com/plant-health-academy. To be considered, superintendents must complete the application and respond to two short answer essay questions, which will be evaluated by a selection committee of GCSAA and Bayer representatives. To qualify, they also must be enrolled in the Bayer Accolades program (they can do that at the website if they are not already enrolled), and they also must be currently employed as a golf course superintendent within the U.S.
"Bayer designed the Plant Health Academy to allow GCSAA members to study plant health and then see it put into practice, learning valuable strategies that they can use on their own courses," said Jose Milan, head of Bayer's turf and ornamentals business. "We are committed to providing superintendents with the knowledge and tools to integrate and promote plant health practices in a real-world setting."
GCSAA Chief Executive Officer Rhett Evans said, "The Bayer Plant Health Academy is an excellent opportunity for our members to learn some best practices in plant health management, obtaining knowledge that will keep their courses thriving for a long time. We appreciate Bayer's continued commitment to the EIFG, GCSAA and the education of our member superintendents."