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President’s Message

It’s the Start of

Another Year


have just finished a very unusual winter, and, if you are like me, then you are ready to take on Mother Nature and make your clients’ turfgrass the absolute best it can be. The MTC Board, working with the University of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), are preparing to provide several new and additional activities that you have requested. If you take a minute to look at the Executive Director’s page, you will see that we have increased the number of combined pesticide and fertilizer applicator recertification classes and expanded the areas of the state where we will have classes. You will see that not only is the University of Maryland Summer Field Day becoming an annual event, but a Fall Field Day is also planned. This fall event will include stressing fertility, variety selection, weed control, and other fall/winter issues for your education. While we are continuing to be a part of the Mid-Atlantic Turfgrass Exposition

(MATE), which is an excellent program, we are also bringing back to Maryland a one-day conference and trade show here at the Turf Valley Conference Center and Resort in December. All this and more is only possible from the dedication of your MTC board of directors and officers, plus an excellent group of advisors from the University of Maryland Turfgrass Professionals and the MDA, Turf & Seed, Pesticide Regulation, and Urban Nutrient Management sections all working together. Kim Bohn from Newsom Seed and Ben Ellis from The Courses at Andrews have agreed to continue working on the MTC board for another three years. Brandon Sands from MNCPPC-M&D Randall Farm is our newest three-year director. Perry Whaley, warehouse manager for Newsom Seed, has been elected to fill a two-year director’s position that became vacant late last year. The last addition to the MTC Board is Katy Cooper, who was elected as our treasurer. In addition to being an engineer in both electrical and computer science,

she also has a degree in mathematics and is a practicing attorney. We also have added two new advisors to the MTC board. Advisors are individuals interested in turfgrass and the operations and functions of the MTC. Advisors attend the monthly MTC meetings, work on committees, and express their opinions, but are unable to vote. Our new advisors are David Coble (from Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks) and Rick Boldissar (Turf & Seed Program Manager at MDA). Rick is replacing Dale Morris, who is retiring after over forty years of service to MDA and Maryland agriculture. The MTC is your organization. You are welcome to attend any of our meetings, which are usually held the second Wednesday of the month at 4 PM at the MDA Headquarters or occasionally at the University of Maryland Turfgrass Research Farm. Remember the MTC is only as good as YOU make it.

Jamie Roell

2017–2018 MTC President

Meet the New MTA Leaders for 2018 The Maryland Turfgrass Association (the Association of Sod Farmers) held their annual elections for Officers and Directors on February 21, 2018 at the Fisherman’s Inn, Grasonville, MD. Results of the election include: President Jack Warpinski Central Sod Farms


MTC Turf News

Vice President Alan Wilber Oakwood Sod Farms

Secretary/ Treasurer Vernon Cooper All States Turfgrass Consultants

Two-Year Director Bryan Shufelt Royal Sod Farms

Two-Year Director Jon Straughn Chesapeake Valley Seed Co.

One-Year Director Ross Moreland Shady Oaks Sod Farms

One-Year Director Harry Kenney Nutrein Co.

MTC Turf News - Spring 2018