MASTMA Annual Spring Meeting

    March 16, 2018
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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    US National Arboretum
    3501 New York Ave NE
    Washington, DC 20002
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    Please join the Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Association for our Annual Spring Meeting at the US National Arboretum which is operated by the US Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service as a division of the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.  Encompassing 446 acres total, the Arboretum functions as a major center of botanical research. It conducts research on trees, flowering plants, shrubs and turf, as well as the development of plants.  Turfgrass in particular has a major impact on our quality of life.  The U.S. National Arboretum's Grass Roots Initiative is a four-year, in-depth look at the science behind this familiar, but often misunderstood, landscape plant.

    USNA Grassroots Initative

    Free private parking lot on-site.

    Education Program Schedule
    This is an approved certification training program as follows: 

    MD Credits – Core (10), Turf (3C), Ornamental (3A), Right of Way (6)
    2 MD Credits – Professional Fertilizer Applicators 
    DC Credits – Core (00), Lawns and Turf (3B), and Interior Ornamental Plants (3C) 
    4 DE Credits – Turf and Ornamental (03)   

    8 am   Registration & Networking
    Coffee break sponsored by Rain Bird Corporation

    9 am   Ryan Bjorn, Maryland SoccerPlex
    Message from the President

    915 am  Overview of Changes in DC Pesticide Regulations

    930 am   Geoff Rinehart, Lecuturer, UMD Insitute of Applied Agriculture
    Using Variety Trial Data to Select Improved Turfgrass for Playability & IPM Considerations

    1030 am  Dr. Frank Wong, Regulatory Affairs, Bayer United States, LLC
    Meeting the Challenge of Public Misperceptions: Pesticides, Fertilizers, & Safety

    1130 am   Jerad Minnick, Lead Advisor, Natural Grass Advisory Group
    Eliminating the Guess Work: How Data is Simplifying High Use Grass Field Maintenance

    1230 pm  Lunch
    Sponsored by Turf Trade & Capitol Sports Fields

    130 pm  Michael Gildea, Horticulturist, Chevy Chase Club
    Insect & Disease Management Strategies: A Case Study of Alternative Pest Control Strategies on Ornamentals

    230 pm   Grassroots Facility Tour
    Hosted by Joe Doherty, Graduate Research Assistant, UMD & Geoff Rinehart, Lecturer, UMD
    (Demonstration of grass species selection for use in the Mid-Atlantic region followed by Q&A)

    330 pm Networking
    Beverages sponsored by Finch Services, Inc.

    Special thanks to our event sponsors, Turf Trade, Rain Bird Corporation, Finch Services, Capitol Sports Fields, and annual sponsors:

    Newsom Seed
    Turface Athletics
    Genesis Turfgrass
    Turf Equipment & Supply
    Oakwood Sod Farm
    Sod Solutions
    Landscape Supply
    Central Sod Farm
    Hummer Turfgrass
    Finch Services
    Luck Ecosystems
    World Class Athletic Surfaces
    DuraEdge Products Inc.


    Directions to the US National Arboretum Visitor Center:

    Although the "official" address of the Arboretum is 3501 New York Ave., NE, the easiest way to reach the Visitor Center is via the R Street entrance located at GPS location: 2400 R Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

     From New York Ave. (US 50) westbound, make a left onto Bladensburg Rd., NE then another left onto R Street, NE.  Enter through the R Street entrance and park in the lot immediately in front of the entrance. Follow the sidewalk or driveway to the Visitor Center.


    $0.00 Members Only - FREE

    $50.00 Non-Member / Guest Ticket

    $0.00 Annual Sponsor Guest Ticket

    $0.00 Presenter Comp Ticket

    $0.00 Presenter Comp Ticket

    $0.00 Pending Member Ticket