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Turfgrass Research Classic & Field Day

Set for May 22 at The Country Club of Virginia


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The VGCSA and VTC are proud to announce the merger of two popular research fundraiser tournaments into one mega event, the Virginia Tech Turfgrass Research Classic, set for Monday, May 22nd, hosted by The Country Club of Virginia. Both the famed James River Course and the popular Tuckahoe Creek Course will be used for this benefit tournament, aimed at providing support for Turfgrass research.

As part of this move, Virginia Tech researchers have established turfgrass plots near the Tuckahoe Creek Course Farmhouse, and guests are invited to attend a free 90-minute field day that morning. The Tech team wanted to establish research in central Virginia, as the climate and growing conditions are more “mainstream Virginia,” than that found in Blacksburg.  Richmond also provides a more convenient location statewide.

The new golf tournament promises to be a “can’t miss” affair!  Plans are in place to make it totally first class from the golf, to the food & beverage, to the prizes and more.  In addition, the event will feature a new auction component to add excitement to the day. It will soon become the ultimate networking event in the industry. The tournament committee is announcing the event and opening sponsorship and golf team sales now.

For sponsorship opportunities, please email David McCall, dsmccall@vt.edu
Please visit www.vgcsa.org and www.vaturf.org for event details and plan to attend!


GREEN INDUSTRY SURVEY

Virginia’s Agriculture Economic Impact is $52 billion annually, and agriculture is the largest industry in the Commonwealth.  Forestry adds another $18 billion annually, with both industries having combined revenue of $70 billion (2012 survey data). 

The Green Industry in Virginia is comprised of golf courses, sports turf managers, wholesale producers, landscape retail business, nurseries or providers of landscape services. Collectively, all of these green industries employee thousands of workers, purchase products, rent or own buildings, and provide the State of Virginia with tax revenue.

Based on previously reported totals from the turf and/or green industries of other southern states (data below), we estimate the annual economic impact value for Virginia's Green Industry to be $8-10 Billion (or higher!).

In Virginia, facing legislative issues, a lack of money to support industry research and development at Virginia Tech, and a host of other factors (labor, economic, environment etc.), industry leaders launched the idea of completing a Green Industry Survey for Virginia. Utilizing 2005 data when discussing economic importance, the number of industry employees, and other facts and figures, our voices were not being heard, and therefore the green industry was being ignored. BY completing this survey, OUR INDUSTRY can update statewide data on acreage, plant material, employee counts, expenses and revenue to further support our industry initiatives. 

After two years of working on a plan and a strategy, we have finally funded the cost of the survey and hired an outside party to manage the development and administration. With support of industry associations, we have developed on gotten feedback on the survey questions from all the industry groups. 

Please select your area and complete the survey:
Arboriculture  Christmas Tree  Golf  Lawn Care  Nursery  Sod Production  Sports Turf

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