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The Golf Course Integrated Pest Management Accreditation Program Continuing Education Credits have been assigned to the 2015 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium speaker program. Details are available at http://www.turfsymposium.ca/.  There is still plenty of time to take advantage of the early bird registration fee which is available until Jan. 9, 2015.  Attending OTS is always a great reason to return to the University of Guelph, whether you are a Turf Managers’ Short Course graduate, a Turf Diploma graduate, a regular attendee of the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium or a newbie.

OTS 2015 brochure

OTS 2015 brochure

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Well, there are lots of options.

  1. Go on an all inclusive vacation in the Caribbean
  2. Ski the Rockies
  3. Take a river boat cruise in Europe or
  4. Attend the 46th Annual Turf Managers’ Short Course taught by University of Guelph faculty, industry professionals and yours truly.

The University of Guelph Turf Managers’ Short Course runs from January 26th to Feb. 21, 2015.  This four week long intensive course will give you the opportunity to learn pretty much all there is to know about basic and applied turf management.  Not only do you get to learn from top notch instructors, you get to rub shoulders with your fellow turf professionals as well. This course is seen as an introduction to turf management for people wanting to get in the business and a professional development opportunity for those wanting to further their career in turf.   Oh …. and did I mention – there are snacks every day and a welcome reception and a closing banquet.

For more information on the University of Guelph Turf Managers’ Short Course follow this link Turf Managers’ Short Course,  Email: info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca  or  Phone: 519-767-5000.

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A trip down south would be nice but that isn’t going to help your career. Have you ever thought of attending a turf short course?

The 46th Annual Turf Managers’ Short Course is taking place again at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute again this winter. Don’t miss this four-week course which looks at all aspects of turf and the best management practices to grow it well. Join your fellow turf professionals and learn from University of Guelph faculty and industry professionals.

Identify insects, diseases and weeds. Select turfgrasses for unusual and usual situations. Grow the best turfgrass you can.

Course Dates: January 26 to February 20, 2015
Website: Turf Managers’ Short Course – http://www.TurfManagers.ca
Email: info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca Phone: 519-767-5000

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Front page of OTS 2014 brochure

2014 OTS Brochure


The Ontario Turfgrass Symposium is only a few days away. Here are the top three reasons to attend.

1. Find out about the moving plans for the Guelph Turfgrass Institute from GTI Director, Rob Witherspoon
2. Attend the live demonstration of the IPM Council of Canada new PCPA database with Teri Yamada, IPM Council of Canada
3. Hear Dr. Eric Lyons, Dr. Tom Hsiang and Dr. Katerina Jordan’s graduate students talk about their turf research projects.

The added bonus is that the weather forecast looks promising too. Hope to see you there!

For more information about OTS visit http://www.Turfsymposium.ca

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Yesterday, the IPM Advisory Committee of the IPM Council of Canada met to finalize changes to the Ontario Golf IPM Accreditation program for 2013. These changes, which include a change to the IPM scouting year, will be announced by Teri Yamada, Executive Director of the IPM Council of Canada on Thurs. Feb. 21, 2013 at OTS. This is an excellent opportunity for Certified IPM Agents to become aware of these changes before the beginning of the season. Join us at OTS to attend this very important session. Registrations are still open and walk-ins the day of the symposium are also welcome. For more information go to http://www.turfsymposium.ca.

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Forty-six people have. They are enrolled in the 44th Annual Turf Managers’ Short Course which is a professional development program offered through the University of Guelph, Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support during the month of February. It is a four week intensive course held at the Guelph Turfgrass Institute for people who are new to the turfgrass industry as well as seasoned veterans who would like a refresher. The instructors are a combination of University faculty and turf industry professionals. Students are employed at municipalities, golf courses, lawn care companies and turf supply companies. Some are owners and some are employees. Their ages range from just out of high school, recent university graduates to those who are mid-career and are looking for a career change. These students are drawn from a wide geographic area. The bulk of them are from Southwestern Ontario, but there are students from Northern Ontario (St. Joseph’s Island, Hearst and Red Lake), Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and one student is from south of the border (New Jersey).

They arrive as 46 individuals, not knowing each other and already, just over a week in you can tell that the in class learning has been tremendous, but almost as important is the networking. At the breaks, they now share their experiences from their workplaces with their classmates adding to the learning that takes place in class. If you haven’t attended and you are interested, it is an excellent opportunity to hone your turf management skills. For more information about the course follow the link http://tmsc.open.uoguelph.ca/

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