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Plant Health Academy

Learn more about innovations that will improve your facility, career and the industry.

The 2015 application period begins Nov. 10, 2014.

2014 Plant Health Academy

2014 Plant Health Academy

This year’s Plant Health Academy welcomed both the 2013 and 2014 Plant Health Academy classes for a two-and-a-half-day education and training session at the GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kansas, March 3-5. This event was the second and final session for the 2013 class, while the 2014 class will attend its second session Sept. 24-26 at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, N.C.

Attendees received instruction on a wide range of topics related to plant health, such as how to measure plant health and its benefits, available treatments and preventive products, and issues such as nutrient, water and pest management. The participants also experienced local attractions, including a tasting at Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company featuring Jack Stack Barbecue as well as a tour of the Allen Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Kansas.

The objective of the Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow Plant Health Academy is to provide golf course superintendents with opportunities to learn more about innovative plant health research and practices for the benefit of their facilities, individual careers and the industry.

We appreciate our turf science partners, GCSAA and Bayer staff, and the 2013 and 2014 Plant Health Academy participants for making our event possible.

The application period for the 2015 Plant Health Academy will run Nov. 10–Dec. 19, 2014. Check back to submit your application and learn more about next year's Plant Health Academy!


  • Day 1 – Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
    • Welcome and introduction of 2013 and 2014 participants by Matt Brown, GCSAA, and Scott Welge, Bayer
    • Definition of plant health, led by Derek Settle, Ph.D., and Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., Bayer
    • Key plant health issues at attendees’ courses, led by David Wells, Bayer
    • Tour, tasting and dinner at Boulevard Brewing Company – featuring Jack Stack Barbecue
  • Day 2 – GCSAA Headquarters (Lawrence, Kansas)
    • “Issues Facing the Industry,” presented by Rhett Evans, CEO, GCSAA
    • “Advocacy Efforts To Protect the Game,” presented by Chava McKeel, Associate Director of Government Relations, GCSAA
    • “Environmental Resources,” presented by Mark Johnson, Associate Director of Environmental Programs, GCSAA
    • “Get Connected: Using Social Media at Your Course,” presented by Lambert Tomeldan, IT Director, GCSAA
    • “How Field Staff Can Help You,” presented by Leann Cooper, Senior Manager of Chapter Outreach, GCSAA
    • Tour of Allen Fieldhouse, University of Kansas
  • Day 3 – Kansas City Marriott Downtown
    • “Weed Management Strategies and the Influence on Turfgrass Health,” presented by Jared Hoyle, Ph.D., Kansas State University
    • “Plant Health and Related Products in Golf Turf Management,” presented by Bingru Huang, Ph.D., Rutgers University
    • Bayer and Plant Health, led by Rob Golembiewski, Ph.D., Bayer