Northern Green Expo
January 14, 15 and 16, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center

Pesticide Recertification
November 21, 2014
Seats Limited
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
TIES Event Center
1644 Larpenteur Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

To register: http://www.mnla.biz/events/event_details.asp?id=493010&group

BEE AWARE: The Importance of Pollinators in the Landscape
Jan. 13, 2015
Minneapolis Convention Center


The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is set to host Super Tuesday on Jan. 13, 2015. Super Tuesday is an annual educational opportunity presented by the MTGF. This year’s theme is: BEE AWARE: The Importance of Pollinators in the Landscape. The seminar will run from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with lunch provided during the noon hour. Registration fee is $65.

This timely seminar will be of interest to Master gardeners, garden center personnel, homeowners, fruit and orchard growers along with all allied association members of the MTGF. Topics include: Turf that can Support flowers and mowing for pollinators; focusing on good cultural practices and shifting the concept of the Disease Triangle to the Health Triangle, using less pesticide overall and benefit not just bees but the trees and turf we manage; pollinator friendly plants; being environmentally responsible; fruit grower issues, and an update from the UMN Bee Squad.

A full-slate of highly qualified local, regional and national speakers will be on hand. The topics will be “broad-reaching” and be of interest to many. They include, from the University of Minnesota, Ian Lane, Karl Foord and Becky Masterman. Aaron Hobbs, Washington D.C., will make you aware of RISE, Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment, a source for all questions regarding environmental issues. Jim Zwack, Davey Tree, will speak on issues he sees in the field. Kent Honl, an Arborologist from Rainbow Treecare, will talk will focus on good cultural practices. Master gardeners, garden centers, homeowner associations, fruit and orchard growers, honey producers and the allied association members of the MTGF are all encouraged to attend this timely event.


8:00 Ian Lane, University of Minnesota
Bee Lawns: Turf that can Support Flowers and Mowing for Pollinators

9:00 Karl Foord, University of Minnesota
Pollinator Friendly Plants

9:30 Aaron Hobbs, Washington D.C.
Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment - a source for environmental questions

10:15 BREAK

10:30 Bev and Mike O’Connor, Blueberry Fields of Stillwater
Fruit Grower Issues

11:00 Becky Masterman, University of Minnesota Bee Squad
Hive to Bottle Program

11:30 Kent Honl, Rainbow Treecare
Good Cultural Practices

12:00 LUNCH

1:00 Erin Rupp, Beez Kneez
Bees, Honey and More

1:30 Jim Zwack, Davey Tree
Issues in the Field


MNLA / MTGF Northern Green Expo
Each January, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation co-hosts the Northern Green Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year, the event is set for January 14-16, 2015. About 6,500 people annually attend the event.

Pesticide Re-Certification
The MTGF partners with MNLA and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to annually host a Pesticide Re-Certification session in November for Categories A & E. The dates for 2014 are yet to be determined.

MTGF Clippings Magazine
MTGF CLIPPINGS is the official publication of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation. The MTGF is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1993. It is a partnership of seven turf and grounds related associations and the University of Minnesota. MTGF CLIPPINGS is mailed to every member of each of these organizations. With a collective readership of over 3,000 individuals, it is the premier publication serving turf and grounds professions in Minnesota.

MTGF Membership Information
Any association engaged in the development, care and maintenance of public or private grounds is eligible to become an allied association member of the Foundation subject to approval of the MTGF Board of Directors. Individuals or businesses may become regular Foundation members by joining one or more of the member allied associations best suited to their needs and interests. There are no membership fees associated with either allied association membership or regular membership. However, if an individual or business subscribes to the mission and purpose of the Foundation but is not a member of an allied association, they are eligible for affiliate membership. Affiliate membership is subject to Board approval and does carry an annual membership fee as established by the Board of Directors. Those interested should contact our business office at 952-473-3722 for further information.

• Supporting professionalism within the turf and grounds industry by encouraging continued growth of each allied association.
• Encouraging the exchange of knowledge among members of the turf and grounds industry through educational conferences, workshops, seminars, trade shows and field days.
• Supporting relevant turf and grounds research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota.
• Being pro-active in environmental, regulatory and public policy matters as they affect the turf and grounds industry.

About the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, a non-profit
organization, is a partnership of seven turf- and grounds-
related associations and the University of Minnesota.

The 7 MTGF allied associations are:
+ Minnesota Association of Cemeteries
    + Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals
    + Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents' Association
    + Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
    + Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
    + Minnesota Turf Association
    + Minnesota Turf Seed Council

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The mission of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is to promote the green industries in Minnesota through support of research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. The MTGF pursues its mission in various ways. One of these is an annual "Call For Proposals," titled the "MTGF Research Gift Program," whereby researchers, instructors and outreach faculty and staff involved in turf and grounds work may submit requests for unrestricted gifts to support their activities. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, funding approved by the MTGF will not be subjected to overhead or other indirect charges or costs. The dates for submission, review and approval may change on an annual basis as well as the protocol stipulated for the submission of gift requests.


Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
P. O. Box 617
Wayzata, MN 55391

Phone: 952-473-3722
E-mail: info@mtgf.org

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