Philadelphia, Penn.–Follow @FMCturf on Twitter to get valuable business tips, learn about FMC Professional Solutions promotions, and keep up with industry buzz. FMC created the Twitter handle to keep turf-management professionals informed about best-management practices and solutions, as well as answer questions on industry and technical topics. Tweet your questions or comments to @FMCturf. Visit and begin following today!


Original GCBAA Member Passes Away

Lincoln, Neb.–Jim Kirchdorfer, Sr., an original member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), died Feb. 3. He contributed to the golf industry for nearly 50 years. He founded Irrigation Supply Company (today known as ISCO Industries) and Kirchdorfer Irrigation Company in 1962. The companies teamed to install the first multi-row fairway automatic system at the Louisville (Ky.) Country Club in 1963 and Kirchdorfer was the first to install the multi-row irrigation using HDPE pipe throughout the entire system at Quail Chase Golf Club in Louisville in 1988. The practice is now an industry standard.


STC In Search Of Field Of Dreams

Atlanta, Ga.–The Synthetic Turf Council is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual Search for the Real Field of Dreams, which recognizes the power that synthetic turf has to transform communities and schools, and keep youth active, healthy and fit. The national contest is open to schools (K-12 and college), parks, businesses and public spaces in the United States and Canada that have compelling stories about the impact of their synthetic-turf field or installation. Submissions are due by September 1, 2012 and will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges. The Grand Prize is $1,000, and all winners receive publicity and a modest cash award. Visit to learn more.


iPhone App Identifies Harmful, Nonnative Plants

U.S. Forest Service research and funding have led to the development of a free software application that will help people identify and control destructive invasive plants in Southern forests and grasslands. The Invasive Plants in Southern Forests: Identification and Management application is currently only compatible with Apple products – iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch – and available through iTunes. The software provides photos and information that allow users to identify the 56 nonnative plants and plant groups currently invading the forests of the 13 Southern states. Versions for other operating systems are being explored.


New Format For Aquatic Play Feature Course

Colorado Springs, Colo.–The National Swimming Pool Foundation announces the Aquatic Play Feature online training course is now available in a new format. The new format offers better user interface, more interactivity, and easier navigation. A Spanish version has also been launched. Participants can register for the course at and click on online training.



17-18 North Dakota Recreation & Park Association Quarterly Meeting, Williston, N.D.;


27-31 Florida Recreation and Park Association, Orlando, Fla.—Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek;


TBA Nebraska Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Reno, Nev.—Best Western Airport Plaza;

9-11 South Carolina Recreation and Park Association Conference, Greenville, S.C.—Embassy Suites;

17-21 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference, Knoxville, Tenn.—Knoxville Crown Plaza;

18-21 Minnesota Parks & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Exhibit, Brainerd, Minn.—Cragun’s Resort;

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