Thanks to all who attended the Indiana Green Expo – Turfgrass Science at Purdue University

Thanks to all who attended the Indiana Green Expo

On behalf of the Turf Program, Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF), Indiana Nursery and Landscape Association (INLA), and Indiana Flower Growers Association (IFGA), thanks to  everyone who helped with and/or attended the 2010 Indiana Green Expo on January 6-8 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. This marks the fourth year of cooperation between the MRTF and INLA and the second year we were joined by the IFGA.

  • In spite of cold and snowy weather, nearly 1500 professionals registered for workshops and educational sessions covering all areas of turf, business, landscape, nursery, and greenhouse.

  • The tradeshow included over 170 booths displaying products for all sectors of the green industry.

  • Zac Reicher was awarded the 2010 MRTF Distinguished Service Award for his 22 years of service to the industry.

  • The five golf course superintendents associations and Elcona Country Club donated over $20,000 to the MRTF to support turfgrass research and education.

  • Over a dozen students in turfgrass, horticulture and landscape architecture were awarded scholarships totaling over $12,000.

  • The new drive for the Turf Endowment Fund kicked off with over 30 donors pledging over $60,000 over the next five years. The proceeds from the Turf Endowment Fund will be used for capital improvement and equipment at the Daniel Research Center and more information is available at www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/endowmentbrochure.

Next year’s Expo is set for Jan. 17-19, 2011 and planning is already underway. Keep yourself updated at the website: www.indianagreenexpo.com. If you have suggestions for speakers, topics, tradeshow modifications, etc., please email us at biehlj@purdue.edu.

Thanks again for everyone’s help.

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